It’s got a new name, the track’s tighter and foreign drivers will be able to have an impact on the championship but this year’s Gold Coast 600 is all about the Legends.
Some of Australia’s greatest drivers will take to the track, giving spectators a chance to reminisce.
Rachel Tinney reports.
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After stepping in at the eleventh hour last year to replace the international A1 cars, the Aussie Legends are back.
Driving some of Australia’s greatest touring cars, the original drivers will once again get behind the wheel and relive the past.
Dick Johnson, Motor Racing Legend: “In their time, these are the cars that really meant an awful lot to a lot of people and it’s great to see how the public just get out there and really enjoy seeing some of the old cars.”
Included in the line up is Kevin Bartlett who’ll be driving his legendary Channel 9 Camaro.
Kevin Bartlett, Motor Racing Legend: “That old girl, she’ll still do 165 miles per hour, so she’ll hold her tone as far as speed is concerned.”
The Gold Coast 600 has had a makeover, and with no more open wheelers, 18 international drivers will be jumping behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar for the first time which could make for some spectacular spills.
Tony Cochrane, V8 Supercars Australia Chairman: “No question, the drivers are not going to be that familiar with the circuit so much and the cars but that all adds to why we’re selling tickets to the event.”
With just over two weeks to go, ticket sales are up from last year.
Work is well underway on the revamped track, which has injected $10million into the Gold Coast construction industry.
Phil Reeves, Qld Sports Minister: “It’ll be good for the drivers, no doubt, good for the fans but it’ll rev up the Gold Coast economy.”
Insuring the priceless legends cars has cost more than insuring a V8 team.
Tony Cochrane, V8 Supercars Australia Chairman: “The guys you can insure for $1.80 but the cars cost a fortune.”
Rachel Tinney, QUT News.