Maserati driver has number plates confiscated after deadly act on Mt Panorama

NSW Police stopped the driver of the blue Maserati for travelling 174km/h in a 60km/h zone.

The blue Maserati after the driver was stopped by police on Mount Panorama.
NSW Police spotted the blue Maserati travelling at 174km/h while overtaking two cars 'on the incorrect side of the road'. Source: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

A Maserati driver has lost his number plates for three months after being caught performing a one-man race on the iconic Bathurst motor track. The 24-year-old’s lap of the Mount Panorama circuit in NSW came to a sudden halt on Monday afternoon as police patrolled the area over the Kings Birthday long weekend.

At about 4.20pm, officers with the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command spotted the blue Maserati travelling at a whopping 174km/h, well over the 60km/h speed limit on Conrod Straight — known as the fastest section of the race track. While speeding, police saw the driver overtake two other vehicles “on the incorrect side of the road” and pass a patrol car parked on the side of the road.

“The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was spoken to where he was subjected to roadside breath/drug testing which provided negative results,” highway command officers posted on Facebook alongside images of the luxury vehicle adorned with a confiscation notice.

Left, an unmarked police car pulling over the Maserati. Right, a large orange and yellow sticker on the car's windshield.
The Maserati driver has had his number plates confiscated for three months. Source: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command/Facebook

“As the incident was recorded, an average speed calculation found the Maserati was travelling at 174km/h,” officers noted.

The 24-year-old, who holds an interstate licence, has lost his driving privileges in NSW and been issued with a notice to appear in a local court for the offences of driving in a speed and manner dangerous to the public, and exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h. In this case, he actually exceeded the limit by 114km/h.

Furthermore, sanctions on the Maserati Ghibli — which can start from about $160,000 — were applied and the number plates were confiscated for three months.

The driver now faces a potential fine of up to $3,300 and will likely lose his driving privileges in NSW for at least six months if found guilty.

Aussie drivers have praised police for “keeping the community safe”, while others accused the driver of having “more money than brains”.

“You should have his car impounded and confiscated until the Bathurst race is on in October and for entertainment. What a rookie! EVERYONE knows Mt Panorama is heavily patrolled!” one person commented online.

“Imagine his expression if they said they’d crush the car,” another said. “Lucky he wasn’t driving a commodore he would have been faster,” a third person joked, while another teased that the driver clearly hadn’t “seen the 'Bathurst crashes' videos.”

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