Fans of the Gold Coast’s former Indy motor racing event can expect to see more than just a name change this year.
Now known as the Gold Coast 600, a new Rock ‘n’ Race format could be the organiser’s last bid to draw a decent crowd.
Ella Cole reports.
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After losing its international A1 cars a week out from last year’s race, the event is now in the hands of the V8 Supercars.
The Audi Centre on the Gold Coast today announced it’ll sponsor the event hoping to bring the race back to its former glory.
Brett Frizelle, Audi Centre owner: “I think having 35 drivers driving around the Gold Coast in A5 Cabriolets will be a spectacular scene, and this is probably one of the best street circuits in the world.”
With the crowd-pulling A1 GP cars out of the event, organisers have a battle on their hands to improve on last year’s disappointing turnout.
The State Government says its committed to supporting the race which brings about $60 million to the Gold Coast.
Phil Reeves, Qld Sports Minister: “It’ll be terrific seeing all the legends and all the drivers going around in the Audis in the parade lap.”
Local and international stars have been signed up to promote the event including footballer Ben Ikin.
Ben Ikin, Footballer: “If the message is anything to come out of this it’s that these events can only be successful if they’re supported by local businesses and the local community.”
Other entertainment includes performances from The Beach Boys and The Angels.
Ella Cole, QUT News.