Gold Coast 600

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Gold Coast 600
Venue Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Race Format
Race 1
   - Laps 102
   - Distance 301.92 km
Race 2
   - Laps 102
   - Distance 301.92 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 is an annual V8 Supercars event held each October at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. The race is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Castrol Gold Coast 600, and was formerly known as the V8 Supercar Challenge from 1997-2009.

First run in 1994, the event was a support race to the Gold Coast Indy 300 until its demise in 2009.

History[edit]

Supporting act (1994-2008)[edit]

The original circuit layout used until 2010

In 1994 and from 1996-2001, the event was run as a non-championship exhibition round, supporting the CART World Series event. The 1998 event was notable for providing Mark Larkham with the only event win of his decade-long full-time touring car career, albeit at a non-championship event.

From 2002, whilst still a support category, the event became an official V8 Supercars championship round. From then until 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.

End of open-wheeler era (2009)[edit]

In late 2008, it was announced the IndyCar Series would not be returning to the Gold Coast in 2009, bringing to an end the Indy era. A1 Grand Prix, which had been scheduled to replace IndyCar, then pulled out of the event with only weeks to go, leaving V8 Supercars as the lead category for the first time in the Gold Coast event's history. Subsequently, to fill the last minute hole in the schedule, the 2009 event expanded its format to 300km on each Saturday and Sunday, each race split into two 150km 'legs'. The amount of points accumulated over the two legs determined the individual winner for each day.

International co-drivers (2010-12)[edit]

In 2010, the track was shortened from 4.47km to 2.96km, and the event became known as the Gold Coast 600 for the first time. To differentiate the event, 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 (as opposed to every team) had a driver of international repute as a co-driver. These drivers could be Australian, but had to have a strong international pedigree, such as Australian IndyCar driver Will Power. Two races of 300km were held over the weekend, with one on both Saturday and Sunday. The co-driver was required to complete at least one-third of each race distance (34 laps).

In 2011, the event was overshadowed by the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship tragedy, which occurred one week before the Gold Coast event. This led to the relaxing of the international driver rules, as Holden Racing Team's planned 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, a close friend of Wheldon, also decided to withdraw from the Gold Coast event following the tragedy. The International Driver Trophy, introduced in 2010, was renamed in Wheldon's honour before the 2011 event.[1]

Also in 2011, Sébastien Bourdais became the first and only driver to win at Surfers Paradise in both a Champ Car (in 2005 and 2007) and a V8 Supercar (in 2011, and then again in 2012).

Endurance Cup (2013-onwards)[edit]

For the 2013 event, the necessity for each car to have an international co-driver was removed, and therefore the event became the third event for the driver combinations seen in the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. This trio of events became known as the Pirtek Enduro Cup. The format remains identical to 2010-12, with a pair of 300km races across the weekend.

Past winners[edit]

Events which were not championship rounds are indicated by a pink background.

Season Winning Driver Car Team Report
1994 Australia John Bowe Ford EB Falcon Dick Johnson Racing Report
1995 not held
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

International Driver (Dan Wheldon Memorial) Trophy[edit]

For the years that international co-drivers were mandated for the event, the International Driver Trophy was awarded to the best performing international driver over the race weekend. In 2011, the trophy was renamed after the British IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon after his death one week prior to the race.[1] The trophy was discontinued after 2012 as a change in regulations saw that international co-drivers were no longer compulsory.

Year Driver Team
International Driver Trophy
2010 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx Triple Eight Race Engineering
Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy
2011 France Sébastien Bourdais Triple Eight Race Engineering
2012 France Sébastien Bourdais Triple Eight Race Engineering

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