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The Gold Coast 600 - as cruel and crazy as it is exhilarating!
Emily Toxward | October 16, 2019
Injecting millions into the local economy, the Gold Coast 600 is a fast and furious weekend of motorsport that sees V8 supercars hurtle through narrow streets at dangerously exciting speeds and international acts create an epic party atmosphere across the city.
One of the Gold Coast’s most iconic and celebrated sporting events, The Vodafone GC600 attracts close to 200,000 spectators across three days and an average of 1.7 million TV viewers over the weekend.
The high-octane event is again set to electrify the party atmosphere on the Gold Coast from October 25 to 27, with seven acts over two nights on two stages. The Club 600 stage will headline with both internationally renowed DJ Carl Cox and special guest, DJ Eric Powell. The Hill stage will showcase three of Australia’s best rock and alternative acts with Kingswood, Mental as Anything and The Vanns. Other entertainment includes the Hot Wheels Stunt Team, Boost Mobile Super Trucks, as well as dozen of other on and off-track events that will amuse and enthuse crowds.
But it’s not just fans who are pumped about GC600, there’s plenty of Gold Coast-based drivers who can’t wait to have a crack at the course, known to be as cruel and crazy as it is exhilarating. And what’s one of the best perks of racing in your home town? Being able to sleep in your own bed at the end of a long day of driving of course!
Tim Slade from Freightliner Racing says he often jumps on the G:Link to get to the event from his Mermaid Beach home. When he moved to the Gold Coast a few years ago to start his V8 Supercar career with Paul Morris Motorsport he rented in the suburb, but it wasn’t long until he bought his own pad.
“What I love most about the GC600 is that I get to stay at home and sleep in my own bed, as well as the party atmosphere, most people there seem to really enjoy themselves which is always good to see. The track is quite fun and is in a pretty cool location alongside the ocean and surrounded by high rises.”
When he’s not travelling the globe racing, Slade says his favourite thing to do is hit a Gold Coast beach or park with his fiance Dani and their dog Max, or run or ride along the coastline or the Gold Coast Hinterland. He says he also can’t go past a ‘cupla beers at the local surfy’.
Fellow local Shane Van Gisbergen, of Red Bull Holden Racing Team, says the track is one of his favourite in the Supercar Championship series. “The racing is just so unpredictable but that’s what makes it exciting. But it’s very tough here, you have to be on the walls and the on curbs – it’s a crazy, crazy race,” he says.
Will Davison, of 23Red Racing, absolutely loves the Gold Coast 600 track and says he doubts there’s one driver out there that doesn’t enjoy driving it. “Having said that, it can be also be very cruel but that’s what we love about, the challenge of coming here. Putting together one fast lap around here is probably one of the biggest buzzes you have all year,” he says.
Also racing on home turf will be overseas-born Fabian Coulthard and Simona De Silvestro – both drivers now call the Gold Coast, as does former Melbourne locals Jamie Whincup, Chaz Mostert and Jack Le Brocq. James Courtney, born in Penrith, and Todd Hazelwood, born in Adelaide, have also chosen to put down roots in and around the city.
Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day out, a die-hard fan or somewhere in between, the GC600 will not disappoint. Visit here to get more information about the city’s biggest party of the year!