Gold Coast 600

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Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600
Gold Coast 600
Venue Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Race Format
Race 1
   - Laps 102
   - Distance 300 km
Race 2
   - Laps 102
   - Distance 300 km
Last Race (2014)
Winning Driver R1: Shane Van Gisbergen/Jonathon Webb
R2: Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell
Winning Team R1: Tekno Autosports
R2: Triple Eight Race Engineering
Winning Manufacturer Holden

The Gold Coast 600 (currently known as the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600) is an annual V8 Supercar street circuit carnival held each October at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia.

Prior to 2009, the most common race format was three races over the weekend, with one on Saturday and two on Sunday. The driver with the most points accumulated over the three races was awarded first place for the weekend.

In 2009, the format was changed to compensate for the absence of the A1 Grand Prix, which had pulled out of the event in the week beforehand, which had replaced the IZOD IndyCar Series. A 300km split into two 150km 'legs' was held on each Saturday and Sunday. The amount of points accumulated over the two legs determined the individual winner for each day.

In 2010, the track was shortened, and each team was required to have at least one driver of international reputation as a co-driver; in 2011, this rule was adjusted such that every car had a driver of international repute as a co-driver. Two races of 300 km were held over Saturday and Sunday, with one race on each day. The co-driver was required to complete at least one-third of the race distance (34 laps). However, for the 2011 race, the international reputation rule was slightly relaxed because of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship tragedy where Holden Racing Team co-driver Dan Wheldon was killed and Ford Performance Racing co-driver Will Power was injured in the 15-car crash. Brad Jones Racing co-driver Tony Kanaan also withdrew from the event. The Dan Wheldon International Driver Trophy was briefly awarded to the event's best performing co-driver until 2013, when it became no longer mandatory to field an international co-driver.

Sponsors[edit]

  • 2002: FAI V8 Supercar Challenge
  • 2003-2006: Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge
  • 2007, 2009: V8 Supercar Challenge
  • 2008: The Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge
  • 2010-2013: Armor All Gold Coast 600
  • 2014-2015: Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600

Past winners[edit]

Season Winning Driver Car Team report
1994 Australia John Bowe Ford EB Falcon Dick Johnson Racing report
1996 Australia John Bowe Ford EF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing report
1997 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VS Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing report
1998 Australia Mark Larkham Ford EL Falcon Larkham Motor Sport report
1999 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ford EL Falcon Dick Johnson Racing report
2000 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing report
2001 Australia Garth Tander Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport report
2002 Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport report
2003 Australia Russell Ingall Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing report
2004 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VY Commodore K-mart Racing Team report
2005 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering report
2006 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VZ Commodore Holden Racing Team report
2007 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team report
2008 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering report
2009 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team report
Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2010 Australia Garth Tander
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team report
Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Steve Owen
Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2011 Australia Jamie Whincup
France Sébastien Bourdais
Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering report
Australia Mark Winterbottom
United Kingdom Richard Lyons
Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2012 Australia Jamie Whincup
France Sébastien Bourdais
Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering report
Australia Will Davison
Finland Mika Salo
Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2013 Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Warren Luff
Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering report
Australia David Reynolds
Australia Dean Canto
Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing
2014 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen
Australia Jonathon Webb
Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports report
Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Paul Dumbrell
Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering

Dan Wheldon International Driver Trophy[edit]

The Dan Wheldon International Driver Trophy was awarded to the best performing international driver over the race weekend. The trophy was named for the British IndyCar champion after his death one week prior to the 2011 race. The trophy was discontinued after 2012 as a change in regulations saw that international co-drivers were no longer compulsory.

Season Driver Team Notes
2010 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx Triple Eight Race Engineering [1]
2011 France Sébastien Bourdais Triple Eight Race Engineering Bourdais became the first driver to win at Surfers Paradise in both a Champ Car (in 2005 and 2007) and a V8 Supercar (2011)
2012 France Sébastien Bourdais Triple Eight Race Engineering

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