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Gold Coast 600: A Recipe for Thrill

Rain, hail or shine, you can bet the Gold Coast 600 will bring the action and we’re expecting nothing less when we head south this weekend.

Winding through the streets of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast 600 circuit hasn’t seen a 100 per cent finishing rate in history – now, add to that a forecasted five millimetres of rain and we’re in for a wild weekend.

Dubbed the ‘concrete canyon’ because of its tight passage and tight corners lined exclusively by concrete walls, the track is a gruelling 2.96 kms with drivers getting up to speeds of 265km/h alongside the beach.

For our defending Supercars champion, Jamie “J-Dub” Whincup, that’s the perfect recipe for a thrilling race weekend.

“I claim it as my home event, I live on the Gold Coast, just up the road so I get amongst the atmosphere from early on,” said J-Dub.

“It’s a crazy place and it’s one of the most difficult races we go to all year – the walls are so close and it’s so hot. A two to three hundred dual driver race is quite difficult around the ‘concrete canyon’ but it’s always good fun.

“There’s so much going on with the race track right on the beach and thousands of people who come down mainly for a party along with watching the cars go around, so it’s a good vibe.”

After a less than ideal Bathurst 1000 campaign this year, J-Dub’s co-driver Paul “PD” Dumbrell will join him for PD’s 150th championship round start and for a last-ditch crack at the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

“Unfortunately, after Bathurst, PD and I have dropped back in the Enduro Cup, so while it’s a long shot it’s still doable,” continued J-Dub.

“We’re not losing faith or belief that we can do it, it’s just critical that we have two good races at the Gold Coast to get back in the Enduro Cup.”

The action will kick off from Thursday 18th October on the Gold Coast. Our members have the opportunity to take a tour of our garages across the race weekend, just become a T8M8 Gold Coast event member! Sign-up here.