Stars confirmed for Gold Coast 600

  • Thursday 22nd April, 2010 8:00pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
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The Armor All Gold Coast 600 logo

The V8 Supercars Championship Series will have the world’s attention like never before this October for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 at the Surfers Paradise street circuit.

Eighteen world-renowned race drivers will suit up alongside regular V8 Supercars drivers and teams to compete in the unique two-driver race.

The race will be called the Armor All Gold Coast 600, while the event as a whole retains the ‘SuperCarnivale’ tag.

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The newly-configured Surfers Paradise circuit

Heading the list of international racing stars includes 1997 Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, Indianapolis 500 winners Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, multiple world touring car champion Andy Priaulx and Champ Car winner Sebastien Bourdais.

Other drivers of note include former F1 drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Mika Salo, Tiago Monteiro and Gianni Morbedelli.

Former Gold Coast street track winners (from past Champ Car/IndyCar races) include Scott Pruett, Ryan Briscoe, Franchitti and Bourdais.

Twelve countries will be represented in the special championship event, with some of Australia’s best international drivers also in the mix. David Brabham, Will Power and Briscoe – all of whom have V8 Supercars racing experience – will drive for Stone Brothers Racing, Ford Performance Racing and Holden Racing Team respectively. Brabham and Briscoe are both expected to compete with their teams at Australia’s other great motor race – the Bathurst 1000.

Also announced on the Gold Coast tonight was a massive three-day music extravaganza featuring some of the world’s biggest acts, a four-year naming rights sponsorship with Armor All, a new ticketing pricing structure which will see tickets drop by an average of 20% and a new family-friendly focus on the event (see separate story).

V8 Supercars Australia Chairman Tony Cochrane said that the Gold Coast race will be “special.”

“When we first announced the concept for the Gold Coast race a few people were a little skeptical, but I think the list we have announced today proves just how special this event is going to be,” said Cochrane.

“This is one of the greatest line-ups of talent we have seen in world motorsport and to have the caliber of these international drivers mixed with our own V8 Supercar stars on the streets of Surfers Paradise is going to be something special.

“When we mix the racing action with the 16 fantastic music acts we have secured for our unique Rock and Race format, we will have something special on the streets of Surfers Paradise in October.”

Englishman Mark Blundell was originally announced as part of the initial line-up a couple of months ago, but increasing commitments with his business 2mb Sports Management has meant his withdrawal.

The international drivers are set to arrive on the Gold Coast on the Sunday before the event and will be involved in a week of activity, including a full-day test at Queensland Raceway on Wednesday, October 20.

The event will include two 300km races on Saturday and Sunday of the event, with the international drivers required to complete a minimum of 30 percent of each of the races.

Below is the list of drivers confirmed for the event.

International Driver Country Team Car/s Make
Sebastien Bourdais France Dick Johnson Racing #19 Ford
David Brabham Australia Stone Brothers Racing #4, #9 Ford
Ryan Briscoe Australia Toll Holden Racing Team #2, #22 Holden
Scott Dixon New Zealand Jack Daniel’s Racing #7, #15 Holden
Dario Franchitti Scotland Jim Beam Racing #17, #18 Ford
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Wilson Security Racing #47 Ford
Fabrizio Giovanardi Italy Britek Motorsport #21 Holden
Patrick Long USA Fujitsu Racing/GRM #33, #34 Holden
Alain Menu Switzerland Brad Jones Racing #8, #14 Holden
Tiago Monteiro Portugal Centaur Racing #3 Holden
Gianni Morbidelli Italy Triple F Racing #12 Ford
Yvan Muller France Paul Morris Motorsport #39, #51 Holden
Will Power Australia Ford Performance Racing #5, #6 Ford
Andy Priaulx UK TeamVodafone #1, #888 Holden
Scott Pruett USA Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport #30 Holden
Mika Salo Finland Bundaberg Red Racing #10, #24 Holden
Alex Tagliani Canada Kelly Racing #11, #16 Holden
Jacques Villeneuve Canada The Bottle-O Racing Team #55 Ford

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