2019 Gold Coast 600 Packages
Soak up the sun, sand and Supercars action on the legendary Gold Coast. Our Official 2019 Gold Coast 600 packages give you the best of both worlds as the include event access, pit lane passes and guaranteed track views accommodation so you can watch the race either on-track or from the comfort from your own balcony. Alternatively, choose to stay in one of our quality hotels within walking distance to the race circuit and Gold Coast’s attractions. Places are limited so Book Now.
The GC600 Event
The Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600 is an annual street circuit Supercars Championship motor racing event held in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. The circuit is a tight track that winds around the public streets of the iconic Gold Coast, hence the name of the event.
Formally known as the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, the race happens over a three-day weekend from Friday to Sunday. On the first day of the event, Friday, there are three thirty-minute practice sessions featured on the track. Then, a twenty-minute qualifying session happens on both Saturday and Sunday and the combined results of those determine the grid for the following main 300-km race.
The Gold Coast track, where the event is held, boasts great views from neighbouring buildings, which is where you’ll find our superbly located trackside rooms.
The Gold Coast 600 is one of the series’ most anticipated events and has one of the biggest parties with non-stop action-packed racing by day and chart-topping performances by night. The off-track festivities are always huge, garnering both local and international crowds, with previous lineups that have featured the Hilltop Hoods, Lil Jon, the Thundamentals, & more. The sun, the sand, the high-octane action, and the fabulous nightlife all lend themselves to a dream holiday for any motorsport enthusiast.
History of the Gold Coast 600 Race
Before it was officially named as the Gold Coast 600 in 2010, this motor racing event was referred to as the Gold Coast Indy 300 which was an open-wheel, exhibition, non-championship race that was held in the same place – Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
In 1994, touring cars joined the event and V8 Supercars Challenge became a support race for the Gold Coast Indy 300. For years, the event has supported and featured ATCC (Australian Super Touring Championship) cars.
Then in 2002, the event became an official V8 Supercars championship round and it has been since.
However, in 2008, the demise of the IndyCar Series was announced. As the event would not be returning to the Gold Coast the following year, a few changes to the format had to be made to fill in the hole in the schedule.
The format that was created in 2009 made way to the introduction of what we now know as the Gold Coast 600.
When is the Gold Coast 600?
The 2019 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 event starts on 25 October 2019, Friday and ends on 27 October 2019, Sunday.
How many laps is the Gold Coast 600?
There are 102 laps in total for each race.
How long is the Gold Coast 600 race track?
The distance of the track for each race is 300 kilometres.
What time does the Gold Coast 600 start?
The official schedule for the 2019 event has not yet been released but in 2018, the event started at 9AM on its first day, Friday.
Who has won the Gold Coast 600 previously?
Over the past 10 years, a few drivers have dominated the Gold Coast 600. Jamie Whincup has won the race five times and is the driver that has gained the most wins in the event. In 2011 and 2012, he won with co-driver Steven Bourdais; in 2014 and 2016, with co-driver Paul Dumbrell; and his first win 2010 was with Steve Owen.
Shane Van Gisbergen also has a few wins under his belt having won the race three times in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Two of his winning races were with co-driver Jonathan Webb and his latest one was with Alexander Premat.
Chaz Mostert, Mark Winterbottom, and Garth Tander have all won the race twice as lead drivers while Steve Owen and Alexander Premat won the race twice as co-drivers.
What year did the Gold Coast 600 start?
The Gold Coast 600 as a Championship event officially started in 2002. But it was in 1991 when the Gold Coast Indy 300, its former name, started as an exhibition race.
Where is the Gold Coast 600 track?
The Gold Coast 600 track is located at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on the Gold Coast in Queensland.