SPECTATORS at Mount Panorama for this year's Bathurst 1000 on October 13 will notice a raft of safety improvements in place.
The famous track is undergoing a facelift to Pit Straight to meet strict safety guidelines and improve spectator facilities.
Bathurst Regional Council has been implementing the upgrades since July, which include improving safety, as approved by the governing body of world motorsport the FIA, and the Confederation of Australian Motorsport.
The Pit Straight works include an FIA-approved debris fence and a concrete first-line-of-defence barrier, which comply with current safety guidelines.
The spectator fence on the main straight has been replaced and remains in the same position of previous years.
The design allows for the traditional post-race track invasion.
Unlike traditional debris fences, the first line of defence barrier and the mesh are roughly two metres apart, with a waist-high gap underneath the wire catch fence which spectators can pass through once the track is cleared.
Police and security will help manage post-race track access.
Bathurst mayor Gary Rush said the upgrades would ensure world-class safety standards for spectators, officials and competitors.
"Pit Straight remains one of the best seats in the house for spectators to watch the Great Race start, all the action from pit lane, watch the big screens on the pit complex and the be right there to witness the famous race finish."
CAMS chief executive Eugene Arocca said FIA standards were designed with safety as the highest priority.
"Bathurst is an iconic event and over the course of its history the track has undergone a number of significant changes designed to improve safety for drivers, spectators and officials," Mr Arocca said.
"These latest changes will keep Bathurst at the forefront of track safety in Australia and ensure that the event continues to thrive long into the future.
The FIA standard is the gold standard of track safety globally, and these improvements will help maintain Bathurst's standing as a world class venue."
Each year Bathurst Regional Council and V8 Supercars upgrade various parts of the circuit to improve the on and off track safety and spectator experience.
Upgrades to the paddock campground will ensure additional sealed roads for this year's event which will allow campers in that site better access and egress to their campsites.
A new sealed area has also been laid at the top of the mountain in one of the merchandise areas.