11:38 AM - November 21, 2013 by Steve_OS
Mount Panorama Racing Circuit - Bathurst
Bathurst is known by anyone who has raced there as something to be feared and respected. It is challenging and rewarding but will take its toll given the slightest mistake. The 3.8-mile circuit travels around, up and over Mount Panorama in Australia. The circuit’s 570-foot elevation change, off-camber corners, and narrow racing surface are technically a street circuit since it is made up entirely of public roads. Nearly every stretch of track has been named after notable supporters or events that contributed to the track’s rich history. On Conrod Straight, V8 Supercars will close in on 200 MPH before hitting the three-turn sequence of The Chase. Preceding Conrod Straight is Forrest’s Elbow – named after a motorcycle racer who scraped his elbow while racing. No matter where you are on Mount Panorama, the views and the tests of your driving skill will be tremendous.
Georgia’s Road Atlanta course, owned by local automaker and racing team Panoz Motorsports, is most famous as home to the crowning race of the ALMS season, Petit Le Mans. The 1,000-mile endurance race was one of the original events in the American Le Mans Series, and the winner of the race in each class automatically qualifies for the 24 Hour of Le Mans race the following year. Some may remember Road Atlanta as the scene of two of the most spectacular crashes in history, when a Porsche 911 GT1 did a complete backflip in 1998, followed in 2000 by a BMW V12 LMR—less a fault of the track and more an issue with insufficient aerodynamic development on the cars. Constructed in 1969 out of a farmer’s field in an area better known for oval-track racing, Road Atlanta has attracted some of the best North American race series to roar around a road course, including Can-Am, Trans Am, Formula 5000, and AMA motorcycle racing. Revived from a period of disuse in the mid-1990s by Don Panoz, changes included the addition of a chicane (turns 10a and 10b) to bring the track up to international race standards. On the long straight leading up to that chicane, the best LMP1 cars can exceed 200 mph. The track’s elevation changes and a wide variety of corner types make it the perfect venue to test the extreme performance of the latest ALMS and LMS racers, or to simply give your favorite car a workout.
Source - Forza Motorsport