Exclusive Lotus Cars Australia Mount Panorama Bathurst Track Day

16.12.2020

lotus sports car track day at mount panorama bathurst in Australia

EXCLUSIVE MOUNT PANORAMA
BATHURST TRACK DAY 2021

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

$1,595 inc gst per vehicle

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In March 2021 all Lotus sports car owners in Australia will have exclusive use of the Mount Panorama racing circuit for a full track day. It is an incredible track driving experience for Australian driving enthusiasts and Lotus is the only manufacturer to secure access to the iconic Mont Panorama racing circuit to be able to run a track day in 2021for Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora owners.

 

DRIVE YOUR OWN CAR ON
MOUNT PANORAMA BATHURST 

LOTUS ELISE ON MOUNT PANORAMA

You can drive your road registered sports car on the Mount Panorama Bathurst racing circuit with no speed limits. The track will be closed for public access and we will use it to host a track day on the complete circuit. 

You can drive your Lotus sports car on one of the world's most famous & greatest race tracks. 
 

THE BEST TRACK
DAYS NEAR SYDNEY 

If you have been researching the best tracks days near Sydney you'll find there are 2021 dates now available at Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek, Wakefield Park Raceway, Luddenham Raceway or Pheasant Wood Circuit.

Although none of these compare to the world famous Mount Panorama Bathurst racing circuit which is considered the best track day near Sydney.

 

DINNER ON PIT LANE
MOUNT PANORAMA

pit lane dinner mount panorama

We will kick off the Mount Panorama Track Day with an outdoor dinner event in pit lane on the Monday night. It will be a 3 course dinner with drinks included and available for $100 inc gst per head. 

It is the perfect chance to relax and prepare for a full day of driving the next day

 

 

BEST TRACK DAY
IN AUSTRALIA

sports cars on mount panorama

To make sure this is considered one of the best track days in Australia we will be splitting all drivers into three distinct groups which will cater for the varying needs and experience levels of each driver. 

 

DRIVE TRACK DAY GROUP

The Drive Track Day group is perfectly suited for beginners who are doing their first track day so you can experience one of the worlds greatest race tracks without the pressures of being timed. There is no safer opportunity to do so than in this track day group where you have access to professional driving instructors who will be providing out of car tuition and tips to help increase your confidence when you go out on track.  You will get expert guidance and advice about the dynamics and balance of your Lotus, correct driving lines, braking points and more.  You're guaranteed to go home a better driver.

 

SPRINT TRACK DAY GROUP

For the faster or more experienced drivers we will have two Sprint Track Day groups which receive full timing during the day. For those who are a little more competitive or would like to test themselves against the clock all drivers are sorted into a fastest to slowest running order to ensure you get to make the most of your time on Australia’s best racing circuit. 

All drivers in the Sprint Track Day groups will receive a timing transmitter so that lap times can be accurately recorded during your 6 sessions of 20 minutes each.

 

 

ADVANCED DRIVER TRAINING

If Covid restrictions ease to the point where in car driver coaching is possible, it will be offered to participants of the Drive Track Day group at an additional cost.  More details will be provided to registered entrants of the Drive group if this does become viable.

If any driver does feel nervous about driving on Mount Panorama for the first time please contact us to talk about doing a Track Day at Eastern Creek prior to the event with on-site coaching.

 

 

TRACK DAY GUEST PASSES

FATHER AND SON AT MOUNT PANORAMA TRACK DAY

 

This event is the perfect opportunity to share it with your best mate, partner, spouse or loved one. Access to our corporate suite with catered lunch is included in the entry fee but you can bring additional guests for $75 inc gst per person.

 

COMMON TRACK DAY QUESTIONS

Do you need a helmet?
Yes you must be fully covered and have a suitable helmet that meeds Motorsport Australia regulations. Further details will be provided once a booking has been made.

 

Do you need a racing license?
No, you don't have to have a specific racing license but you will be required to have a Motorsport Australia L2S License which can be purchased online form their website

 

Is it the full Mount Panorama Racing Circuit?
Yes, we use the full Mount Panorama Racing Circuit just like you see on TV where Australia's best racing drivers have been before. This is not a hill climb event that uses just a section, the complete track will be closed.

 

Is this track day for racing the Mount Panorama Race Track?
No, this is a track day for road registered Lotus sports cars. There may be a couple of Lotus racing cars but these will be put into different groups to ensure driver speed and experience is not mixed between drivers. This is not a competitive racing event and all cars will be spaced out on the track as best as possible to ensure it is safe.

 

How fast are you allowed to go on this track day at Mount Panorama?
This is not a speed limited track day so you can go as fast as you are comfortable driving. A Lotus Exige sports car will reach over 250km/h down Mountain Straight and we will try and group drivers into relevant groups based on experience and our knowledge of their previously demonstrated driving performance on a race track.

 

Can you take passengers at the track day?
No, passengers are not allowed to be taken on the track. 

 

Is this a good track day for beginners?
If this is your very first track day we would probably recommend doing a few days prior to this one before attempting to drive on Mount Panorama. This race track is one of the fastest in the world and is essentially a road lined with concrete walls. Unlike other race tracks in Australia there is very little run off. So while it is possible for a beginner to attempt this track day we would suggest getting some prior experience first to ensure you are comfortable and confident.

 

 

READ ABOUT OUR 2020
MOUNT PANORAMA TRACK DAY

 

Is there a more spectacular sight than the sun setting over Mount Panorama… especially on the eve of a Lotus Track Day on the hallowed 6.214km tarmac rollercoaster?

 

As the Lotus Cars Australia (LCA) community assembled for dinner – in pit lane, no less – and the light gently faded, it was a genuine ‘pinch yourself’ moment for the 120-plus drivers in attendance.

 

For the preceding afternoon, the combined LCA teams (dealers, techs, office, executive staff, logistics… the list goes on) were hard at work setting the scene, signing drivers in, constructing the incredible dinner layout and fettling customer cars. These equally rolled off transporters on slicks, or drove straight in from Sydney, to the pit garages; spaces that could share decades of stories. And with Lotus Cars Australia’s third consecutive Lotus Only track event lying ahead, these famous garages would echo to highly-tuned motorsport-grade engines once more.

 

Over a three-course meal, head of Lotus Cars Melbourne Mark O’Connor hosted our community with a mix of humour and track day experience that further set the scene. Grant Denyer, a long-time Lotus driver in tarmac rally and circuit racing alike, painted more of a picture for the audience, explaining his affinity with the race track that sat just beyond the pit wall from dessert.

 

Signifying the significance of this event, Lotus Cars Australia welcomed APAC and China Regional Director David McIntyre to The Mountain, and he addressed guests with some tantalising hints about where Lotus is heading. A further indication of LCA’s standing was a specific video message delivered by Phil Popham, Group Lotus CEO, which further energised participants for their favourite brand’s future.

 

The following morning’s eerie, cool calm was soon shattered by the sound of Lotus cars being warmed through. They were about to experience Bathurst; some for the very first time, others for the umpteenth time, but all smiled slightly nervous, anticipatory, ready-to-explode smiles.

 

An official driver’s briefing outlined the seriousness of what the group was about to embark upon, while simultaneously providing a comfort level: Race Solutions, who had successfully run the Bathurst 12 Hours safety and rescue program the weekend before, would be on-hand to ensure the community had the best in trackside marshalling and safety, while Mark introduced an elite crew of driver trainers that would sit-in with those seeking instruction. This list included Paul Stokell, reigning Targa Tasmania winner and consecutive Australian Targa Champion aboard a Lotus Exige Sport 350.

 

A further attractive aspect of these Lotus Only track events is that you set your own pace: there are no pace cars ahead, and the experienced organisers work hard to ensure your vehicle heads onto the circuit in an appropriate position, so you can get on with developing your skills. Should it present, overtaking is done ‘via consent’, using the indicators to let the other party know which direction to head.

 

Joining the wild array of customer Lotus cars was a fine spread of the latest machinery from Lotus Cars Australia itself. A select range of international and local media was on hand to join in the day, embedding themselves in the Lotus Cars culture and having the chance to sample the Elise, Exige and Evora ranges on road and track.

 

The breadth of Lotus cars scattered throughout the pit garages was eclectic: from slick-shod and evil-sounding Exige S1s through to a new Elise Sprint 220. One of the most inspiring sights was of Laura sprinting her Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition – one of only six built – on her first time at the mountain. From the extreme lightweight S1 Elises and Exiges through to a gorgeous Evora GT 410 Sport IPS that was driven to and from the circuit, there was a vehicle suited to every experience level.

 

Like the vehicles, specific on-circuit groups were designed for all comers. Two timed ‘Sprint Groups’ would alternate with an untimed ‘Drive Group’ throughout the day, allowing those track demons to carve off tenths while others could learn lines and admire the circuit’s majesty in the Drive category, without worrying about timing pressure.

 

Wearing his race engineer, track operations and LCA CEO hats simultaneously, Lee Knappett could be seen charging up and down pit lane, headphones on and radio hooked up: directing traffic, issuing tech instructions, shaking participant hands and answering media questions in stride. He was ably supported in the pit lane and surrounds by COO Richard Gibbs, Mark O’Connor and marketing manager Emma Morley, who doubled as the event’s photographer.

 

The relative morning cool enabled Sprint Group 1 to quickly work down its lap times, Geoff Noble’s stunningly rapid 2004 Elise winding down to a 2:20.5 lap time. For context, a BMW M4 GT4 race vehicle qualified for the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour with a 2:16.8.

 

For the less experienced Sprint Group 2, lap times improved through the day, track experience outweighing the higher ambient temperatures. After lapping strongly in the 2:37 bracket, Dion Morrison finished the last timed session with a 2:34.9 in his Exige Sport 410.

 

Throughout the day, comments around the sheer steepness of climb and descent on the circuit formed a key theme, drivers climbing out wide-eyed. After a lap around Mount Panorama Circuit in the gorgeous metallic orange Evora GT 410 Sport, APAC Director David McIntyre – no stranger to motorsport – exclaimed: “I think I left my stomach behind on the crest of Mountain Straight!”

 

A catered lunch and all-day espresso coffee and cold drink service was situated above the high-octane pit garages, ensuring plenty of hydration opportunities… and the chance to talk up your track technique, if you were so inclined.

 

As the afternoon light again began to soften, the supercharged scream of an Elise Cup 250 mingled with the howl of a titanium exhaust-equipped Exige Cup 430, it was time to take stock of the day.

 

Each 20-minute track session ran like clockwork, with brief interludes to allow locals farm access allowing a chance to reflect, discuss and improve on the next session’s lines. The slightly nervous morning laughter was replaced with triumphant grins, as the realisation of sharing something so ‘bucket list’ with like-minded people truly set in. The whole experience built still further on the unique community bonds we share within the Lotus family.


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