THE RARE CHANCE to drive a V8-powered racing car at speed around Mount Panorama is set to offer fans an opportunity of a lifetime at the Bathurst Motor Festival this Easter.
The Event has teamed with the V8 Race Experience to offer fans the opportunity to drive themselves around the 6.213km circuit, in controlled conditions and with no speed limits or traffic, on the Monday following the three-day Motor Festival this Easter long weekend.
V8 Race Experience held a similar day following the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour in February this year, with patrons attending from all corners of Australia to lap up Mount Panorama with racing legends including double Bathurst 1000 winner John Bowe.
On April 25 this year, Bowe will return to the Mountain and will be joined by fellow Ford legend Steven Johnson.
"I've been around the race scene for over 35 years and this is the most exciting event ever offered publicly,” Said Bowe.
“It gets better still - my protégé Stevie Johnson will partner me where his Dad and I had some fantastic results.”
After February’s Event, the Anzac day Event will be just the second time that the world-renowned Bathurst circuit will have been opened up to allow the pubic to lap the circuit, at speed and in controlled conditions.
“(February’s event) was a real trial to see if motorsport and driving enthusiasts could drive Bathurst at speed in race prepared V8 Fords and Holdens,” V8 Race Experience’s Greg Evans explained.
“Everyone did a great job and reached higher speeds than they expected – they were just blown away by the chance to make a lifelong dream a reality.
" There was a real buzz at the 9 a.m. when the V8 engines fired up to start the day. It was just like a real V8 race meet with 25+ cars lined up in the famous pit lane and 110 officials and crew in various capacity involved.”
Sportradio.com.au Motorsport presenter Craig Revell was one to experience the V8 Race Experience at Bathurst during the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour event in February this year, and said the experience was incredible.
“To get the chance to drive a V8 around Bathurst, with no speed limits and no traffic, was an unforgettable experience,” Revell said.
“I might work in the sport covering racing, but first and foremost I’m a fan and I love the sport and love Bathurst. I know how hard it is to get any time behind the wheel there for professional drivers, let alone for members of the public like me so it’s something I’ll remember and savour for a long time.
“The V8 RACE organisation is very professional and you’re paired with an expert driver who gives you tuition into what lines to take, when to brake and where to accelerate which on a demanding track like Bathurst is a massive help. The guys put on a great day and at the end you get a copy of your in-car video so you can watch yourself going down Conrod, eyes wide open, at over 200km/hr.”
Bathurst Motor Festival Event Director James O’Brien, from Yeehah Events, said it made sense to invite the V8 Race Experience crew back for another day of thrilling fans on the Mountain.
“The Bathurst Motor Festival is all about getting people on track at Bathurst who otherwise might not have the chance,” he said.
“That philosophy is shown by the categories we have competing and us including another V8 RACE Experience day as part of the Event – it’s a chance for fans to have that rare opportunity of driving a racing car around the Mountain in controlled conditions.
“We think it adds a great deal to our Event and we’re excited to have the V8 RACE crew back on the Monday following the three days of racing that makes up the Bathurst Motor Festival.”
More information about V8 RACE Experience’s Bathurst day is available via www.v8race.com.
The Bathurst Motor Festival will be held at Mount Panorama on April 22-24 and will feature a range of diverse racing and regularity categories, including the Aussie Racing Cars, Commodore Cup, NSW Production Sports Cars, Formula Ford 1600 and Saloon Cars, plus two regularity classes from the Porsche Club of NSW and the NSW Road Racing Club.
Entry to the Bathurst Motor Festival will be by ‘bank note’ donation – anything from $5 upwards – with proceeds going directly to the Cancer Council of New South Wales and their Relay for Life program.
Multiple positions for Event Volunteers are still available with information available via the Event website.