Briefing -Mount Panorama Bathurst

BRIEFING –
Bathurst Mount Panorama

24 Laps , 149.04 km
40+ Liters suggested. Always check with your own driving

1.59 Liters per lap

Dangerous track. It needs extra care on the twisty section but then opens up with safe passing opportunities.


  • No active overtakes until after the first turn, magenta in the map above.
    The fact that you can overtake into Turn 2 does not mean that you have to do it. Causing a crash by attempting a pass there might be harshly penalized.
    You have 24 laps to easily pass people, no need to take risks in the group.
  • No passing on the mountain in lap 1. In fact, passing there is virtually impossible and strongly discouraged the entire race
  • No 3-wide for the entire lap 1, as usual, no matter how tempting the Conrod Straight might be.
  • No lapping in the mountain section, blue in the map.
    There is one place where lapped cars can give way in the mountain, just before the esses. However, there is only a brief space to do so. Be careful. Be also careful not to ‘stop’ to get one car through and then re-join at very slow speed in front of other cars.
  • In the first couple of laps you will likely need to lift in the two usually flat out left-handers on top of the mountain.
    Do not get caught out by low grip on cold tyres and cause a crash by losing control.
  • Do not run a low downforce setup that you cannot handle on the mountain. We must avoid spin/crashes in that section. A blocked track would be disastrous in a large field.
  • If you crash out in the mountain (I hope not!), press the tow button as quickly as possible. Do not attempt to make a 3 point turn behind a blind corner in a narrow track, please.
  • Traffic in the mountain can be a problem in qualify.
    Do your best to keep out of the way if you are not on a fast lap, thank you.

Penalties and Safety Points

Post race incident reports and penalties (we hope there will be none) are communicated in discord.
You can read philosophy and details in this page.

Monza incident report at this discord link, only visible to registered members.
We had some problem with 3 drivers that apparently did not read the briefing. This is really not a good thing… but of course they won’t read this line either.
Someone did not respect the ‘no driving to the right of the white line’ rule, moving there to defend even if explicitly forbidden. Each instance was penalized with 10 seconds added post-race.
There were also a couple of poor choices with 3-wide leading to crashes in the early race. Not the best choice, although it is more difficult to stay cool in the heat of the moment.

A part from the above, the race was nice and clean, thank you all.
Some incidents, they do happen at Monza, but that is just part of racing.

Rules

  • Take it easy at race start.
    The goal is to get going safely and get in line. You must not attempt to gain places.
    Do not try to get a great start on the lights, it is unnecessary risky
  • No lane change at the start, at least until the first corner and longer if necessary.
    Stay in your lane and try to maintain a constant distance from the car in front. No sudden braking, do not drive faster than the cars ahead of you.
    If by doing so you pass cars in the other lane it is fine, perhaps because they had a slow start. However, you must not attempt to outbrake others or take advantage of the situation to gain places
    Always go for the safest action. If a car ahead of you has a very slow start it is ok to pass it.
  • Be careful about the concertina effect braking for slow corners in the early race.
    Try to be as smooth as possible, with gradual braking and no sudden changes, but expect to have to slow down a lot, especially later in the field.
  • No 3-wide attacking for the entire lap 1
  • No blocking
  • No dive bombing
  • If you get a black flag slow down, you must serve it off-line without hindering other cars.
  • Respect blue flags – which means helping the leaders through, but do not expect lapped cars to immediately pull over
  • No unsafe rejoins
  • Stay on the racing surface
  • No team games, such as giving each other a draft in qualify. Not everyone has a team, let’s make it fair for all.
  • No chat in qualify and race, it is welcome in practice sessions
    More details in the League Rules page

Broadcast

Every race is broadcast live on youtube by Apex Racing TV.
Donations are unfortunately needed to cover the cost.
Details on how to donate in our discord, thank you for your help !

Every Sunday we get together to watch the race broadcast, starting at 11pm GMT.
There is chat dedicated to watching the race in our discord

Every race of the season in the playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcUhOuH8YTXVXvvXkfaVBhI8y2NWuqM4f