After enjoying Portimão with the Academy riders, Valentino Rossi is now ready to fly to Australia, where he’ll be getting behind the wheel of the WRT team’s BMW M4 this weekend. A difficult race will be waiting for him, and one that’s different from all the rest: the Bathurst 12 Hours. This means taking on the Mount Panorama Circuit. A road track as strange as it is difficult.
To get an idea of the track, watch the video above: long straights, slow and fast corners, walls on the edge of the track, sudden changes in slope. A paradise (or hell) for any driver. The track is 6,213 meters long, with 23 turns, and boasts a 174-meter gradient between its lowest and highest points.
A decidedly “old school” track and, as if its pitfalls weren’t enough, bear in mind that it’s now summer in Australia (the track is about 200 km from Sydney), and the temperatures can get really hot. So much so that the regulation provides that you cannot eliminate the air conditioning system (to lighten the load) if on Sunday morning at 5 am the temperature will be higher than 0 C°.
Valentino is signed up in the Pro Class and will be joined by Augusto Farfus from Brazil and Maxime Martin from Belgium. Vale will have lots of fierce opponents to face: 84 drivers from 18 teams ,with 8 brands represented (Mercedes-AMG, Audi, Porsche, BMW, Lamborghini, KTM, SIN, MARC Cars).
The race starts at 5:30 am on Sunday morning (3:30 pm in Italy).