The podium for Saturday of the Armor All Gold Coast 600
(l-r John McIntyre, Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander, Cameron
McConville, Andy Priaulx and Craig Lowndes)
(Photo credit – EDGE Photographics)
|Day two of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 has delivered all of the breath-taking action anticipated to a crowd of 60,116 fans on the streets of the Gold Coast.
The battles started from the very start of the race, with frenetic racing from start to finish ensuring the crowd was kept entertained from start to finish across the 300 kilometer, 120 lap stanza.
The action was kicked off spectacularly with lap one seeing all of the racers fire up right away, with many of the cars caught
|Champion race driver Colin Bond got reacquainted with the car that was part of Australian motorsport’s most famous moment at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise today.
For only the second time since 1977, Bond drove the #2 Ford Falcon XC that finished second in the Bathurst 1000 33 years ago behind team-mate Allan Moffat – a moment that will be re-enacted on Sunday.
Bond, along with 10 other Australian motor racing heroes, drove at the Surfers Paradise circuit in the first of three demonstration race sessions for the popular Pirtek Australian Legends category.
Continue reading Legends Return To The Gold Coast For Day One Of The ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600
Tony Cochrane – V8 Supercars Australia Chairman – is on record saying that the Armor All Gold Coast 600 is the ‘party the Gold Coast has to have’, and that party officially started today.
Construction has begun on the famous Gold Coast street circuit some five weeks later than usual, a deliberate move to substantially decrease the build time of the shortened layout.
The first overhead bridge crossing the Gold Coast Highway was installed this morning, and proudly displays the catch phrase ‘Get the party started’ to Gold Coast travelers as the countdown to the October 22-24 event continues.
Continue reading CONSTRUCTION BEGINS FOR GOLD COAST’S BIGGEST PARTY – Armor All Gold Coast 600
V8 Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom, pilot of the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, was in the Nikon SuperGP pit lane to reflect upon his weekend’s success on the Surfers Paradise streets.
Winterbottom, who claimed two prized Nikon SuperGP surfboards across the weekend despite battling a glandular illness for the past week, said the win was just the injection he needed.
“I’ve been having injections all week due to my illness but yesterday’s win was certainly the injection that I enjoyed the most,” said Winterbottom. Continue reading Nikon SuperGP: Winterbottom Reflects On Winning Weekend
Photo: Jason Hill
|Saturday’s first two 150km V8 Supercar races on the streets of Surfers Paradise did not disappoint today, with plenty of action on the streets of Surfers Paradise for the third day of the 2009 Nikon SuperGP.
Mark Winterbottom continued his blistering pace of yesterday by placing his #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon on pole after the Top Ten Shootout this morning before taking victory in the opening 150km stanza, with the Holden Racing Team pair of Garth Tander and Will Davison in third.
4 NEW V8 SUPERCAR RACES, A NEW RACE PROGRAM AND BRAND NEW CATEGORY ANNOUNCED THAT CELEBRATES AUSTRALIA’S MOTORSPORT LEGENDS!
The 2009 Nikon SuperGP will JUMP START YOUR HEART from October 22 to 25 on Queensland’s spectacular Gold Coast.
The Australian V8 Supercars Championship Series will headline the entertainment with 600km of race distance with four 150km races conducted at over 300 kilometre per hour around one of the world’s most picturesque street circuits.
The Nikon SuperGP will host Event 11 of the 2009 V8 Supercars Championship Series, as well as the Australian Legends category, the Aussie Racing Cars, Strategic Airlines Formula Ford, the Haymans Electrical MINI Challenge and a mammoth on-track entertainment program including stunt shows, burn out displays, drifting, driving challenges and driver parade laps.
Continue reading Nikon SuperGP 2009 – Gold Coast, QLD 22-25 October 2009
The final day of the Nikon Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise has concluded with the locals ‘FIRING UP’ to take the ultimate spoils today.
In the IndyCar Series, Australian Ryan Briscoe became the first driver from ‘Down Under’ to win on the Gold Coast in the Event’s 18 year history.
Originally from Sydney, Briscoe is also the first driver to win on the Gold Coast under the IndyCar Series category sanction, after the US open-wheel racing unification earlier this year.
Briscoe had the Brisbane-born Kiwi Scott Dixon in hot pursuit for the entire 60 lap race as he led the way from lap 17, before taking the chequered flag to be the 17th different winner of the Event.
While Briscoe was triumphant, his fellow Australian and fan favourite Will Power saw an early lead come to a cruel end after he led the opening 16 laps.
Power brushed the inside wall on the apex of Turn Five, breaking his steering and heading into the Turn 6 wall in what is the second part of the Bartercard Esses.
Power attempted to limp his mount back to the pits but was forced to park at Turn Eight, one day after making history by winning his third-consecutive pole position on the Gold Coast and becoming the first three-time polesitter for the Nikon Indy 300.
While Power met an unfortunate end, the polesitter in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series was untouchable – with the Gold Coast’s Jamie Whincup following up his pole and race one victory with two race wins today.
The results saw Whincup undeniably clinch his tenth career round win and further establish his championship lead over fellow Ford driver Mark Winterbottom and Holden driver Garth Tander.
While Whincup relinquished the lead for a short period early in the first of today’s two races, the majority of the weekend saw him well and truly in the leading position where, despite a continuously challenging Tander.
When it came to round wins in the Carrera Cup, the only support category to race today, it was James Moffat who stood on the top step, with David Wall second and the season champion Craig Baird – the Gold Coaster secured the championship before this weekend’s final round – in third.
Continue reading BRISCOE CREATES HISTORY AT THE NIKON INDY 300 – Gold Coast – October 2008
Now regarded as one of the world’s iconic motorsport events, the Gold Coast Indy 300 will now continue until and including 2013 with major plans already underway for a massive 20th anniversary celebration in 2010.
With 96 hours of non-stop excitement over October 23-26 as the Gold Coast comes alive to the sound of the IndyCars burning up the track and Australia’s own V8 Supercars scorching around one of the most famous beach-side cities in the world, the event is the hottest ticket in town.
Tickets are now on sale for the Gold Coast Indy 300 with ticket options to suit everyone’s needs. Four day Grandstand passes are available for those who prefer to watch the racing from the comfort of their own reserved seat or for those who prefer to wander around and soak up the atmosphere then a four day, weekend or single day General Admission pass might be more their style. For more information on ticket options go to www.indy.com.au. For information on Corporate Hospitality packages please call (07) 5588 6800.
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Lexmark – The Coffee Club – XXXX Gold – Bartercard – Coca-Cola –
Conrad Jupiters – VeryGC – Falken
Bob Jane T Marts – BP Ultimate – SeaFM – Department of Main Roads – Fuji Film
Banana Boat – Isuzu – SEEK – Coates
IMG – QLD Government
Surf Life Saving Queensland