The Mount Panorma circuit in Bathurst is billed as one of Gran Turismo 6's star new attractions. In fact, this year the Australian circuit has debuted in a number of high profile racing games such as Forza Motorsport 5, iRacing and Grid 2. It's about time this iconic circuit had more exposure in racing games, frankly.
Officials from the city of Bathurst, including the City Mayor, seem to agree with this sentiment, as a new street in Bathurst has been named in honor of Polyphony's painstaking work recreating and promoting the famous circuit in Gran Turismo 6.
Called Gran Turismo Drive, Bathurst's Mayor Gary Rush and racing driver Shane Jacobson were on hand to open the street in a public ceremony.
“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged by the City of Bathurst for the years of dedication we have invested in recreating Mount Panorama in Gran Turismo 6.” said series creator Kazunori Yamauchi. “It seems only right that the legendary Mount Panorama circuit is included as fans will now have a chance to drive one of the toughest tracks out there. With Mount Panorama immortalized in the Gran Turismo series, it is now truly remarkable to see GT immortalized on The Mount itself.”
Keen to further promote Mount Panorama's inclusion in the multi-million selling series, the National Motor Museum located at the track will host an interactive exhibit giving visitors a chance to take a virtual drive on the circuit using Gran Turismo 6.
“Driving a lap of our world famous motor racing circuit is a life changing experience for those who have the chance and Bathurst Regional Council is very excited about opening up the Mount Panorama experience through the launch of Gran Turismo 6 this week” said Bathurst's Mayor Gary Rush.
“As custodians of a unique collection of the motor racing history of Mount Panorama at the National Motor Racing Museum, this partnership with Sony PlayStation is a great example of the how Council is always looking for new and innovative ways to interpret the Mount Panorama experience to the world. Mount Panorama is a very special part of the history of Bathurst which will celebrate 200 years as a European settlement in 2015 and this event opens up the opportunity for a new worldwide audience of fans to experience this special place – especially as we believe we are the first council in Australia to name a road after a videogame franchise.”