V8 Supercars star Chaz Mostert will return to Mount Panorama, where he was brutally injured last year during the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The 23-year old ha a monumental crash in qualifying, leaving him with a broken leg, wrist and knee problems that kept him out of the car for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Now he’s set to tackle the mountain again this weekend, but not in his usual drive.
The new six-hour event for production cars – the highlight of the Easter Bathurst Motor Festival – kicks off at 12pm on Sunday.
“I’m off to the six hour in a BMW 335 so it’s pretty exciting to get back there,” Mostert told v8supercars.com.
“I’ve had a little bit of success in that car with my mate Nathan Marcom. We’re just looking to go have a nice fun time around there.
“It’s great to go back to the track that bit me hard last year in a different car and it’s always a good weekend to be racing something different.
“It should be a good event and I’m looking forward to getting up there and getting back around the track I enjoyed driving around so much before it bit me.”
Mostert has experienced incredible highs and lows at the circuit in a V8 Supercar. He had a significant crash his first year as a full-time driver, steering the DJR Greens’-Tuf car, but bounced back for an incredible win in 2014 with veteran Paul Morris in what some have called the greatest Bathurst race of all-time.
Despite last year’s result, Mostert isn’t worried about racing around Mount Panorama again.
“There’s no mental drag on the place at all. It’s one of those things, we drive at 110 per cent and sometimes it bites us,” he said.
“For me, there’s no mental gremlins – if there was they probably would’ve come out by now.
“Adelaide was pretty fast, tight track so if there was going to be any you’d have seen them there. I don’t think we’ve shown any signs of that.
“So for me, I’m just ready to get back to racing. I’m looking forward to the end of the year to get back there [in a V8 Supercar] and hopefully have another good year like 2014, instead of 2015.”
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 runs from October 6 to 9 this year.
A number of V8 Supercars drivers have already had a steer at the mountain in 2016, taking part in February Bathurst 12 Hour.