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Time for a Mountain makeover?

PARKED UP PLUS podcast looks at whether big Bathurst revamp is needed.

17 October 2022

Despite being a successful spectacle, the recent Repco Bathurst 1000 raised questions and concerns about the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit.

Big crowds endured difficult conditions as heavy rain the lead-up to the big race soaked the track and surrounds, while track drainage was overwhelmed, making racing hazardous.

The effects of the adverse weather have prompted calls for a major upgrade of the Mount Panorama Circuit and spectator facilities.

The latest PARKED UP PLUS podcast begins an investigation into what needs to be done to elevate the hillside street course to full world-class standard, including better amenities for fans.

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Motorsport Australia chief Eugene Arocca tells presenter Mark Fogarty that while the Bathurst 1000 organisers and officials did all they could, an official review will identify areas where track preparation and safety procedures could be improved.

Arocca also joins the calls for infrastructure at Mount Panorama to be upgraded to match its international fame.

Fogarty posits that Australia’s greatest racetrack and the country’s biggest domestic motorsport event deserve to be more weather-proofed, with spectator amenities more in line with other major national sporting events.

PARKED UP PLUS also has an update on the government-backed Melbourne ‘super circuit’ proposed as a replacement for Sandown.

There’s also late-braking Supercars ‘silly season’ news, including a possible big-name defection.

Plus, Le Mans-winning Kiwi ace Earl Bamber talks about trying to fit the Bathurst 1000 back into his busy sportscar schedule.

All this and more in the latest PARKED UP PLUS podcast, the place of pace for major motor racing news.