Mount Panorama, renowned home of the Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000, is coming to iRacing.com.  The world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service today announced it has reached an agreement with the Bathurst Regional Council to build a digital version of the spectacular 4 mile (6.213 km) Australian road course.

“This is great news for iRacing and our 35,000 members,” says Steve Myers, iRacing.com executive vice president and executive producer.  “Mount Panorama certainly is one of the world’s most spectacular race tracks; one of the few remaining circuits that uses public roads.  Its big elevation changes, huge straightaways and endless variety of corners make for a supreme challenge for drivers and their machines.

“Everyone at iRacing is anticipating the challenge of creating a digital version of Mount Panorama that does justice to the real thing, just as iRacers all over the world are looking forward to tackling the track’s many challenges.”

“Mount Panorama on iRacing?  Fantastic!” — Shane van Gisbergen

Long held as the Mecca of Australian motorsports, Mount Panorama’s origins date to a dirt-track/tourist drive carved-out of the hills above the city of Bathurst in the mid-1930s.  With the support of local auto and motorcycle clubs and the Federal Government, the site was developed into a facility suitable for motor racing.  The first races were staged in 1938 and today, Mount Panorama attracts upwards of 200,000 spectators to its iconic Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000 events.

“On behalf of the Bathurst Regional Council and motorsports fans from New South Wales, throughout Australia and around the world, I’m delighted Mount Panorama will be joining iRacing’s collection of virtual race tracks,” says Greg Westman, Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council.  “Mount Panorama is a uniquely historic and exciting venue, the heart and soul of Australian motorsport.  iRacing is rightly known for the authenticity of its circuits, cars and the online racing experience itself, and we’re very pleased Mount Panorama will be taking its place with the other world class facilities on the service.”

Among the more than 30 virtual race cars available on iRacing.com is the Ford Falcon FG as raced in the V8 Supercar Series presented by Big Pond.  A number of V8 Supercar drivers are active iRacers, including Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom.  Not surprisingly, they are enthusiastic about iRacing’s agreement with Mount Panorama.

“Mount Panorama on iRacing?  Fantastic!” says van Gisbergen, a regular in iRacing’s officially-sanctioned online version of the V8 Supercar series.  “Having worked together with Scotty (McLaughlin) and iRacing developing their Ford Falcon, I know firsthand the painstaking work that goes into iRacing’s cars and tracks.   I have no doubt iRacing’s Mount Panorama will be spot-on in every detail . . . we may even have to dodge a ‘roo or two during the races!  I can’t wait.”

Mount Panorama is the third Australian circuit to be added to iRacing.com’s catalogue of race tracks, following Phillip Island Circuit (released in 2010) and Oran Park (scheduled for release this summer).  iRacing’s laser-scan team will travel to Australia later this year to begin the process of creating a digitized version of the Mount Panorama circuit.

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30 Comments

Awesome! Thanks Iracing! 😉

Gustavo Cianfarani
June 1st, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Are they going to scan the track during the night time at the Bathurst 1000 this year? Surely they can’t scan it before or after the event since so much of the track details would be absent?

Justin Rebelo
June 1st, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Awesome the only thing that can be even more awesome if the the Holden Commodore 🙂 was added

Anonymous
June 2nd, 2012 at 2:41 pm

thankyou Iracing . more Aussie tracks and cars needed. justin is right , hope you guys are going to do a scan over the bathurst 1000 weekend . only way to get all the detail and to capture the “feel” of bathurst that all Aussie race fans love about the place . Again a big thanks to Iracing and a big thumbs up to Bathurst council .

colin wallace
June 1st, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Thanks Thanks!!

carloscasas
June 1st, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Superb news iRacing. Really been a struggle to get signed but great persevering to get the license. All we need for the Aussie’s now is the Holden 😉

Great work.

Andy
June 1st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Sweet! The Nordschleife next? Please?

Javier Torres
June 1st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

It’s just not a V8 series without Bathurst. It’s un-Australian. I can’t wait.

slashmunger
June 2nd, 2012 at 1:01 am

This is fantastic news! Thanks iRacing.

Is there any chance of getting co-drivers in iracing too, that way we could run full length enduros.

Bernie Wiemers
June 2nd, 2012 at 1:02 am

This is GREAT news! Congratulations to iRacing for this achievement!

Derek Speare
June 2nd, 2012 at 2:01 am

Best news ever! Can’t wait.
Now just the Nordschleife to go!

Anonymous
June 2nd, 2012 at 2:26 am

Best news ever! Have been wait to see this pop up for a long time. Thank-you Iracing

Trent Bishop
June 2nd, 2012 at 4:41 am

Best. News. Ever.

Matt Nade
June 2nd, 2012 at 4:46 am

Great news, and a marriage made in heaven. I hope Aussie rev heads flock to iRacing now. The V8 series will have mega bragging rights with this venue on the list!

Patrick Atherton
June 2nd, 2012 at 4:59 am

This will no doubt double the Australian Iracing membership and create a huge following of world wide members as they fall in love with this legendary circuit…. Absoluteley Awesome News!! Congratulations to the team at Iracing….

John McSpedden
June 2nd, 2012 at 5:01 am

They just got my money for another two years now well done guys

Anonymous
June 2nd, 2012 at 8:38 am

Found this on youTube, man can`t wait to drive on this track!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO3HPPPNLGs

Anonymous
June 2nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Found this on youtube, make you really want to drive this track!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO3HPPPNLGs

Denisy
June 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Awesome, thanks for posting. That track is amazing..I really cant wait. I can’t hardly drive the Falcon since the update last week, but haven’t put much time in it yet. Looks like I’m gonna have to get it figured out.

Thomas Kraft
June 3rd, 2012 at 5:49 am

Great news iRacing.Just love this track.

Alberto
June 2nd, 2012 at 3:49 pm

fantastic news , this has to be the best bathurst footage i have seen in a long time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLkLtBkUVuo&feature=fvwrel

Phildo
June 3rd, 2012 at 5:17 am

This was the first thing I’ve been bitching for since joining iRacing, I better shut my mouth now!!!

THANK YOU iRacing!!!

Andrew Holford
June 3rd, 2012 at 11:57 am

I’m not even an Aussie, and I think this is great news. One of the most scary/fast tracks on the planet.

John G. Hill
June 3rd, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Pure Awesomeness! Thanks to all those who helped get iRacing out there. The Aussie iRacers were awesome and never gave up to help get this signed, great job!

Anonymous
June 3rd, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Show, i very happy.

Rodolfo Rodrigues
June 4th, 2012 at 3:28 am

That’s Awesome, thanks Iracing!!!
I think you should make Holden Commodore VE joins V8 Supercars :)))

Anonymous
June 4th, 2012 at 6:58 am

great but so far for just 1 track… why stop there!
Sandown, Eastern Creek, Wynton, Broadford, W.A circuit, Melb f1,etc, etc

simon
June 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am

This is great news! I can’t wait for it! Le Mans, Monaco, and the Ring (and Cadwell Park) and I think we will have all the tracks that matter then! :).

And it should not be just the Aussies excited about it, as this is really a special track! If you don’t know it, look it up!

It’s going to destroy SRs, but should be very fun nonetheless! 🙂

JN Moyne
June 12th, 2012 at 7:21 am

This is awesome new’s for v8supercars and us, but you have to convince Holden to get on board, I’m sure Nissan will jump at the chance considering what there doing in v8supercars in 2013…..

Darin R
June 27th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

This is huge.

Rob
August 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am

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