A STEP CLOSER: Robert ‘Stumpy’ Taylor, pictured with another second track supporter Allan Cunynghame at Mount Panorama, says this week’s news is the best he has heard in a long time. 122110ztrackNEWS that a second track on Mount Panorama has come a step closer to reality has been welcomed by local motorsport supporters.
Long-time second circuit advocate and motorcycle racing supporter Robert ‘Stumpy’ Taylor said the $20 million from Bathurst Regional Council is the best news he’s heard in ages.
“If we got the track, right now we would be able to get the biggest motorcycling event in the state, the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed at Eastern Creek,” he said. “That’s just for starters. There’s other events you could look at, like a round of the world endurance championship.
“But the big one is the Moto GP at Phillip Island. It’s a great track, but the location at the bottom of Victoria isn’t the best.
“Australia has only got so many motorcycle enthusiasts and they can’t go to both events because of the location of Phillip Island. If you live in Queensland it’s a two-week trip, so you only go to one.”
Mr Taylor believes Bathurst is perfect, in terms of geographic location, to house a motorcycle circuit.
“We are only four hours from the most densely populated area of Australia,” he said. “That’s from Wollongong going up through Sydney to Newcastle.
“If council got the land at Mount Panorama, anything could be possible for the second track. It could be developed into a full motorsport precinct. I know of businesses involved with the bikes who would move up here if we had the track.
“They don’t need to be based in Sydney anymore because the tyranny of distance doesn’t exist anymore.”
Mr Taylor said he is elated by the prospect of a second track.
“Because it would be a closed track and not a public road like Mount Panorama, there’s an endless number of uses for it,” he said.
“There could be an emphasis on something to do with road safety and young people. All forms of rider and driver training could be included, as well as having industrial businesses up there.
“The benefits to Bathurst would be up around the $25-$30 million mark every year, and that’s on top of the V8 Supercars and 12 Hour race. It would create jobs, too. It really does tick all the boxes.”
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