Speedcafe.com Race Guide - Armor All Gold Coast 600

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Armor All Gold Coast 600, October 19-21, 2012


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Introduction

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The right questions Much has been written about the future of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in the last 12 months. Pressure for the Queensland government to reduce spending across the board has seen a cloud of uncertainty cast over both the Gold Coast race and the similarly publicly funded Townsville V8 Supercar event. While the merits of the current international co-driver format and its ability to attract global attention, and hence the desired outcome of increased tourism, is a topic that makes for a fun debate, only detailed economic research can unravel the answer to such a complex question. Judging the event’s success based on the entry list each year is a simple and seemingly popular past time but it’s rather unscientific. All one can sensibly do is enjoy the event while it’s here, and wait for the number crunchers to determine whether or not it really is money well spent. From a sporting point of view, it’s hard to see this weekend’s races unfolding into anything but another epic tussle between TeamVodafone and Ford Performance Racing. The two squads have undoubtedly secured four very strong co-drivers, and with the main drivers qualifying the cars and running the final two thirds of each race, it won’t be easy for any of the other internationals to get much of a look in. The number of sub-plots involved in a weekend like the GC600 is where much of the interest lies however. Which of the 14 rookies can adapt the fastest? Who will be the pick of the swag of IndyCar drivers in the line-up? Will any of the regulars be shown up by their foreign counterparts? What will this event do for the championship equation? They are the sort of questions that race fans should be asking this weekend. The issue of the event’s future can wait for another day.

Stefan Bartholomaeus

Journalist, Speedcafe.com Editor, Speedcafe Race Guides

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Cover Story

Will Power: Full focus The Australian IndyCar star on the 2012 season, returning to the Gold Coast and his NASCAR dream

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n the final three years of the Gold Coast Indy 300 open-wheel race at Surfers Paradise, Will Power was unquestionably the star of the show.

Supercars version of the event in 2010, where a first lap crash on Saturday and a pitstop bungle on Sunday put paid to a promising weekend.

Three pole positions, however, failed to yield a single victory for the laconic Queenslander, marking out the street course as somewhat of a ‘bogey’ venue.

Having been a late withdrawal from the 2011 GC600 following a back injury sustained in the Las Vegas IndyCar accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon, Power returns to the Gold Coast with FPR this year to help Mark Winterbottom’s championship quest.

Power’s run of misfortune on the Gold Coast carried over to the reborn V8

After seeing his own IndyCar title hopes fall at the final hurdle for the third year in succession last month, Power told Speedcafe.com’s Stefan Bartholomaeus that he is fully focussed on not letting the same happen to the Ford hero’s V8 Supercars assault.

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SPEEDCAFE: Will, let’s start with your IndyCar season. You’ve had a few weeks now to reflect on how it all ended in Fontana. What are your thoughts on the year that was? WILL POWER: Well, no matter which way you look at it, you see three big spikes through the season, which were my three DNFs on ovals. Obviously that’s where we lost a massive amount of points. It’s not that we lacked pace on the ovals or qualified bad on them, we just didn’t execute on the day. Obviously I got involved in a couple of accidents with other people, which is the type of thing that sometimes you can’t avoid. But the last one was my mistake, which was very disappointing. There’s no doubt that over the off-season we need to go back and take a real good look at how we can improve on the ovals. When I look at the last few years, I’ve won the road course championship by 100 points and have had it wrapped up before the last race. It’s obvious that I have to have a lot more focus on the ovals. That’s where the effort needs to be. If we’d been as strong on the ovals as we have been the road courses we’d be three-time champions. We can’t make excuses, we’ve just got to study and understand what I need to do to make it work on those tracks. SPEEDCAFE: The challenge of mastering the ovals must at least be keeping you motivated to come back to IndyCar each year... POWER: Yes, in a way I’m enjoying the challenge of mastering the ovals. You’ve got to keep in mind as well that the formula really changed this year so it wasn’t really about building what I’d learnt on in previous years. I had learnt quite a bit in the two years that I’d been full-time racing on ovals, but now the formula has changed and it’s more about the driver and there’s no more pack racing. So everyone had to learn a new car and a new formula of racing on the ovals. The good thing is that I actually enjoy it more the way it is now than what it was. SPEEDCAFE: Looking towards this weekend, the Gold Coast is a place that’s caused you a few heartaches as well.

Winning there in a V8 would be pretty sweet considering how close you came in the Champ Cars and Indy Car?

not about going out and being a hero. The team is fighting for a championship and I need to do a good job for all of those guys. That’s my mindset.

POWER: Oh yeah. I mean, shit, it’s exactly what you say. It’s just funny that you get a track, my home track in this case, where no matter what you can’t get it right there. I had some great pace in the Champ Car and IndyCar there but couldn’t get the trophy.

SPEEDCAFE: You’re obviously aware of where Mark sits in the championship, but how much of an eye have you been able to keep on the team’s progress throughout the season?

I’m definitely with the right team to have a chance to win this weekend, but my objective really is just to do a good a job as I can for Frosty (Mark Winterbottom) and make sure I bring the car back in one piece and in a good position. For me it’s

POWER: I’ve spoken to them a couple of times here and there throughout the year. Obviously we’re pretty busy during our season, but whenever I have had a chance to catch a race I’ve kept an eye on how they’re going.


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They’ve been really strong this year, which has been no surprise to me. When I raced with them last time they were a really good organisation and the car was very nice to drive. It’ll be interesting to see if the cars feel any different this time around, especially with the soft tyre. SPEEDCAFE: This year again sees a lot of IndyCar drivers in the Gold Coast 600 field. Are there any guys without a big profile in Australia that you think will be able to spring a surprise? POWER: It’ll be interesting to see how some of those guys go and hear what they think of the cars. They’re a very different

driving style, for sure, being such a big heavy car. But it’ll be what it’ll be. They’re all professional drivers and will be going there to do a job for whichever team has brought them over. I’m sure on the whole they’ll do a good job, but it’s very hard to predict how any of the rookies will go. Some will always adapt quicker than others, but we’ll just have to wait and see I think. SPEEDCAFE: Is the Ipswich test an important day for guys like yourself, as well as the rookies? You’ve driven the cars before but it can’t be easy to just jump straight in and be on the pace? POWER: Oh definitely it’s important.

The weather forecast looks good for Wednesday, which is really good news. It’s important for all of us just to do as much mileage as we can so we can understand the limits of the car. There’s obviously a mix of guys in the field, some like myself who need to get used to the cars again after a break, some who have raced the cars before but are now in a different team, and others who are complete rookies. The mix of drivers is what makes it such an interesting event, and just logging laps on Wednesday will be really important. Continued on page 9 >>


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SPEEDCAFE: This event is clearly a fun thing to do at the end of the IndyCar season, but would you look at the possibility of running at Bathurst again, and even potentially racing V8s full-time once you’re finished with open-wheels? POWER: They’re all options to be honest. There’s no doubt that I’d love to run Bathurst again (Power raced in the 2002 Bathurst 1000 alongside Mark Larkham). Obviously it depends on what happens in my career as to what opportunities I’ll have. These days I’m living in North Carolina which is the home of NASCAR. I’d definitely like to at some point give that a go, starting out maybe in Late Model cars and just see how I run. That definitely interests me, but at the moment I’m just focussing on what I’ve got going on here with the IndyCar side of things. SPEEDCAFE: Is a NASCAR switch something you’ve ever spoken about with Roger (Penske)? POWER: No, I haven’t actually pursued it or anything like that at this point. It’s just that it’s really in your face when you live in North Carolina. It’s everywhere. All the teams are there, and obviously my team has got a NASCAR team as well. They (Penske’s NASCAR team) are actually leading the championship right now, so it’d be an obvious thing to give a go at some point in the future.

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Circuit Info

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Circuit Overview Location: Gold Coast, Queensland Length: 2.98 kilometres Direction: Anti-Clockwise Maximum speed: 265km/h Fastest Point: Pit Straight Average Speed: 146km/h Circuit Description The famous Surfers Paradise Street Circuit was modified for the first running of the internationally-flavoured Armor All Gold Coast 600 event in 2010. Reduced from 4.7km to 2.96km, the revised layout shortened construction time and reduced disruption to the local traffic and residents, in addition to allowing spectators to see the cars pass by more frequently. The previous version of the circuit hosted CART/Champ Car races between 1991 and 2007 under various names, before the series eventually folded. A post-season, non-championship, IndyCar event was then held in 2008 - an arrangement that the category elected not to continue. A plan to bring the struggling A1 Grand Prix Series to the Gold Coast did not come off in 2009, leaving the V8 Supercars as the main act. V8 Supercars Practice/Qualifying Lap Record: Jamie Whincup, Holden Commodore VE II, 1m10.9615s, 2011

V8 Supercars Race Lap Record: Will Davison, Ford Falcon FG, 1m10.0851s, 2011 Note: This was achieved in the Sunday race after the corner bollards were removed and shortcut sensors turned off. Event Format: Wednesday International co-driver test day (Queensland Raceway) Friday: Practice: 2 x 40 min (all drivers) 2 x 40 min (co-drivers only) Saturday: Qualifying: 1 x 30 min Top 10 Shootout Race: 1 x 300km (102 laps) Sunday: Qualifying: 1 x 30 min Race: 1 x 300km (102 laps) Tyre Format: Only the soft compound Dunlop control tyre will be seen this weekend, with each entry receiving 10 new sets. An additional two sets of pre-marked soft or hard tyres can be brought for practice.

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Tech Preview

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erbs are always a big talking point on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit and the introduction and failure of the electronic sensor system last year meant that the issue got pretty extreme. This year they’ve revised the system again, so we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out. Essentially the electronic loops will be in the same places as last year, in Turns 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10, but the ‘line of sight’ bollards have been moved further inward, with large ‘inner kerbs’ now installed to deter the cutting. We can only hope that the loops themselves are not as sensitive as the one in New Zealand, which seemed to be reasonably random in the way that it went off, and that the inner ‘humps’ are glued down a bit better than what we saw at Sandown (the Turn 12 exit humps that were removed early in first practice). It’s a good thing that we have a reasonable amount of leeway with five breeches before a penalty, and the number of breeches being reset on Laps 2, 34 and 68 (of 103). There is an appeal system as well if you feel that you’ve been hard done by, but the penalty for being wrong is so harsh (50 points removed from both drivers’ championship tallies) that I don’t think you’ll see many people trying their luck with that! Really we’re just going to have to see how it all works when we get there. How you police it is what’s important, not how it all works theoretically.

Strategy The strategy here is relatively straight forward. A couple of guys tried other things last year, but I’d expect to see at least 26 of the 28 cars start with their co-drivers onboard and pluck them out after they’ve completed their minimum of 34 laps. The only thing like an alternate strategy that we might see is, if there’s a Safety Car during that first stint, some might make an additional stop just to top up their fuel, keeping their co-driver onboard. That’d give you fuel-in-hand when the first proper stops start, and gives you more of an opportunity to get yourself out of the pitlane congestion. There’s obviously a lot of factors you have to consider before doing something like that, but if you have a quick enough co-driver you could make it work. You’d need to be pretty confident in your driver change speed to attempt it though. There’s no point having your fuel done quicker if the incoming driver is still being strapped in.


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Tyres We’ve got 36 tyres to play with this year, which is down from 40 last year, but a bit of common sense has prevailed in that we now have to give back a set before qualifying. It was my argument to them that if we’ve got to do four, 40 minute sessions on Friday with only eight used tyres, we’re not really showcasing our cars very well to these international drivers. Most of us have got nothing left in terms of pre-marked softs. The shelf life of them isn’t that great, so it’s hard to have good ones up your sleeve. It makes no sense to be sliding around on rubbish tyres or just sitting in the garage when the guys have to learn the cars and the track. The set that has to be given back can be run at the Queensland Raceway test on Wednesday as well. I think we’ll see a few teams use those tyres to give their drivers an early feel of what good rubber is really like, but we’ll wait and see what people decide to do. Once you get onto your race allocation during the weekend, if you flat spot one you’re still in a bit of trouble. In a perfect world we’ll only use three sets in each race, but it doesn’t always pan out that way.

Tyre, and brake, wear is going to be more of an issue than last year if the kerb policing works as intended. Last year on Sunday the cars were very, very quick after they turned those kerb sensors off. The guys were straight-lining the chicane through Turns 7, 8, 9 and 10 and were 40km/h faster on the exit of that chicane than in qualifying. Basically they weren’t turning the corners, giving you less tyre wear, less brake wear and so on. All of those things are going to come back into play this year. Surface Surfers Paradise is one of those real patchwork quilt type of tracks, so we’ll see what’s new and what isn’t once we do our track walk. Last year they had done a fair bit of work on the track with different bitumens in some of the corners. We had some break up at Turns 11 and 12, and also in the Turn 4 hairpin, but not significant amounts. They’ve done a bit of resurfacing since last year again, particularly in the back chicane, so we’ll see what it’s like.


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Did you know

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ictory in the recent Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 has extended TeamVodafone’s race winning streak to 10. The victory by Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell is the latest in the best winning streak seen in the championship since 13 straight race wins were achieved by the Holden Racing Team’s Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes in late 1998/early 1999. The team are also well positioned for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 given they have the two winning international co-drivers from 2011 - Sebastien Bourdais and Richard Lyons - joining them for this years’ event.

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he Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy will again be awarded to the best-finishing international co-driver in the Armor All Gold Coast 600. Named in honour of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner killed in an accident in Las Vegas in October last year - just a week before he was due to join the Holden Racing Team on the Gold Coast - the trophy was won last year by TeamVodafone’s Sebastien Bourdais. The team also had the best-finishing international driver in the inaugural year of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in 2010 - Brit Andy Priaulx.

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f the 28 international co-drivers signed for the Armor All Gold Coast 600, 13 are returning having competed in the event in 2010, 2011 or both. Fourteen drivers are making their V8 Supercars Championship debut on the Gold Coast, while one driver - Frenchman Nicolas Minassian - is returning after a nine-year absence since he drove at Sandown and Bathurst in 2003 with Team Dynamik. The drivers making their V8 Supercars Championship debuts at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 are: Marco Andretti (Jack Daniel’s Racing) Jeroen Bleekemolen (SP Tools Racing) Franck Montagny (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing) Justin Wilson (Pepsi Max Crew) Max Papis (Jim Beam Racing) Peter Kox (Team Norton DJR) Jamie Campbell-Walter (Wilson Security Racing) Mike Conway (Team iSelect) Ricky Taylor (Fujitsu Racing/GRM) James Hinchcliffe (Fujitsu Racing/GRM) Graham Rahal (Jack Daniel’s Racing) Nick Heidfeld (The Bottle-O Racing Team) Peter Dumbreck (Supercheap Auto Racing) Lucas di Grassi (Tekno Autosports)


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here are also three primary V8 Supercars Championship drivers making their first V8 appearance on the Gold Coast. Wilson Security Racing’s David Wall, Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Tim Blanchard and Team iSelect’s Taz Douglas are having their first experience of a V8 Supercar on the Queensland street circuit. Wall has previous experience in Porsche Carrera Cup, competing in three rounds on the Gold Coast from 2006 to 2008, finishing runner-up in ‘08 to James Moffat. Blanchard meanwhile drove on the circuit in the V8 Ute Series in 2010.

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total of 12 different countries will be represented across the 28 international co-drivers at the Armor All Gold Coast 600. France have the most representatives among the international co-drivers with five drivers in the field. France (5) - Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud, Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny, Nicolas Minassian United States (4) - Marco Andretti, Ricky Taylor, Boris Said, Graham Rahal Australia (3) - Ryan Briscoe (left), Will Power, David Brabham Italy (3) - Vitantonio Liuzzi, Gianni Morbidelli, Max Papis England (3) - Justin Wilson, Darren Turner, Mike Conway Netherlands (2) - Jeroen Bleekemolen, Peter Kox Scotland (2) - Jamie Campbell-Walter, Peter Dumbreck

Germany (2) - Marc Lieb, Nick Heidfeld Finland (1) - Mika Salo Canada (1) - James Hinchcliffe Brazil (1) - Lucas di Grassi Northern Ireland (1) - Richard Lyons With a range of full-time V8 Supercar drivers hailing from New Zealand, the overall number of countries represented at the 2012 Armor All Gold Coast 600 is 13.

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ack Daniel’s Racing’s Rick Kelly will chalk up his 150th ATCC/V8 Supercars Championship event start on the Gold Coast - while brother Todd will miss his first V8SC event since 2000. Two-time Bathurst winner Rick becomes just the 18th driver in ATCC/V8SC history to reach the ‘150’ milestone - he and brother Todd also become the first pair of brothers in the ‘150’ club. Rick’s last race win came at Sandown in November 2011 with his best finish this year a fifth place in the Saturday race in Hamilton, New Zealand. He will be joined by IndyCar ace Graham Rahal this weekend, who competed on the Gold Coast in the Champ Car race in 2007 and in IndyCar in 2008. Meanwhile, shoulder surgery has sidelined Rick’s brother Todd, who will miss his first V8 Supercars

Championship event since Sandown 2000 and hand over the #7 Commodore to replacement Tim Blanchard. It will

signal the end of Kelly’s streak of 160 consecutive ATCC/V8SC event starts.

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total of 11 ex-Formula 1 drivers are on the grid for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 with a combined 538 Grands Prix starts between them. The most experienced is German Nick Heidfeld, who will drive the #55 The Bottle-O Falcon with David Reynolds. Heidfeld made 183 F1 GP starts in a career spanning 12 years and also has the unenviable record of the most podiums - 13 - by a driver in World Championship history without a victory. The other ex-F1 drivers (in order of starts made) are: Mika Salo (109), Vitantonio Liuzzi (80), Gianni Morbidelli (67), Sebastien Bourdais (27), David Brabham (24), Lucas di Grassi (18), Justin Wilson (16), Franck Montagny (7), Max Papis (6) and Stephane Sarrazin (1).

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en drivers in the 2012 Armor All Gold Coast 600 have competed in the old Gold Coast Indy 300 event. There are two former winners in Sebastien Bourdais (2005/2007) and Ryan Briscoe (2008), as well as a three-time pole-sitter in Will Power (2006-2008) and former runners-up in Max Papis (1999) and Justin Wilson (2007). The other drivers with CART/Champ Car/IndyCar experience at Surfers Paradise are Marco Andretti, Simon Pagenaud, Mika Salo, Graham Rahal and Team BOC’s Jason Bright, who drove for Della Penna Motorsports in the 2000 race.

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riple Eight Race Engineering, Ford Performance Racing and Walkinshaw Racing have dominated the Gold Coast event in recent years. The three organisations have won the last 17 V8 Supercar races straight on the Gold Coast in a streak dating back to Craig Lowndes’ victory for Triple Eight in Race 2 in 2005. Both Triple Eight and Walkinshaw Racing (between the Holden Racing Team and HSV Dealer Team squads it provided technology to) have claimed seven wins each with FPR taking three, the most recent on Sunday last year with Mark Winterbottom and Richard Lyons.

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he Gold Coast circuit is world-famous venue alongside other street circuits such as Macau, Long Beach and Monaco. There are an impressive four former Macau Grand Prix winners in the Armor All Gold Coast 600 field: David Brabham (1989), Peter Dumbreck (1998), Lucas di Grassi (2005) and Mike Conway (2006). Conway has the added honour of also being a Long Beach IndyCar winner (2011) as well as a winner at Monaco, where he won in GP2 in 2008. Sebastien Bourdais is also a winner at Long Beach (2005 & 2007) and Monaco (2002 in Formula 3000), while Will Power won at Long Beach in 2008 and this year.


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Triple Eight Base: Banyo, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Roland Dane

TeamVodafone enters the Gold Coast event as overwhelming favourites to take both race wins. Victory at Bathurst two weeks ago has this squad on a 10 race streak, and a co-driver line-up of Bourdais and Lyons only makes the team more formidable. Bourdais (with Whincup) and Lyons (with Winterbottom) each won a leg of the GC600 last year. The former is returning for his third GC600 and is arguably the very best co-driver out there. Lyons meanwhile made one mistake in traffic on Saturday last year but is unlikely to repeat such a faux pas.

#1 TeamVodafone - Jamie Whincup/Sebastien Bourdais Born: 6 February 1983 V8SC debut: 2002 Race wins: 58 Career Highlights: 2008, 2009 & 2011 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2006, 2007 & 2008 Bathurst 1000, 2002 Australian Formula Ford Champion

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Walkinshaw Racing Base: Clayton, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Steve Hallam

As is usually the case, expect car #2 to be the pick of this lot. Tander has managed to extract top six speed out of his HRT Commodore on each of the Gold Coast-style street tracks visited so far this year (Adelaide, Hamilton and Townsville), while Briscoe’s previous runs at Sandown, Bathurst and the GC ensure he’s one of the most experienced co-drivers. Beating T8 and FPR will be difficult, although a podium appears a strong possibility. Turner impressed here last year after his late call-up and should help Courtney towards a top 10, while Dumbreck may struggle if Ingall’s qualifying form leaves him starting back in the pack.

#2 Holden Racing Team - Garth Tander/Ryan Briscoe Born: 31 March 1977 V8SC debut: 1998 Race wins: 50 Career Highlights: 2007 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2000, 2009 & 2011 Bathurst 1000, 1997 Australian Formula Ford Champion

Born: 24 September 1981 V8SC debut: 2006 Nationality: Australian C areer Highlights: 2012 Indy 500 pole-sitter, 3rd 2009 IndyCar Series, 3rd 2007 American Le Mans Series, 1st 2003 F3 Euro Series

#22 Holden Racing Team - James Courtney/Darren Turner Born: 29 June 1980 V8SC debut: 2005 Race wins: 9 Career Highlights: 2010 V8 Supercars Champion, 2001 British Formula Ford Champion, 2002 Jaguar F1 test driver, 2000 British Formula Ford Champion

Born: 13 April 1974 V8SC debut: 2011 Nationality: British Career Highlights: 1st 2007 & 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours GT1 Class, 2nd 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours GT1 Class, 4th 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship

#66 Supercheap Auto Racing - Russell Ingall/Peter Dumbreck Born: 24 February 1964 V8SC debut: 1996 Race wins: 27 Career Highlights: 2005 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 1995 & 1997 Bathurst 1000,1st 1998 Sandown 500 & 1999 Queensland 500, 1993 British Formula Ford Champion

Born: 13 October 1973 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: British Career Highlights: 1st 1998 Macau Grand Prix, 1998 Japanese Formula 3 Champion, 3rd 2001 DTM, 6th 2012 Le Mans 24 Hour

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

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Stone Brothers Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Stone Brothers Racing Engines: Stone Brothers Racing Team principal: Ross Stone

After 21 races, Holdsworth is still looking for his first podium finish with SBR, and this could be the weekend where he gets it done. His co-driver Pagenaud took quite a liking to the V8 Supercars at the GC600 last year, scoring a top three finish alongside Holdsworth at GRM. He should again be among the quickest this year. Bleekemolen is rather more of an unknown, but as he spends the majority of each year jumping between categories around the world, he should adapt to these cars quicker than most, leaving car #9 as a reasonable top 10 chance. Car #47 can also finish strongly, but only if Brabham can keep the pace.

#4 IRWIN Racing - Lee Holdsworth/Simon Pagenaud Born: 2 February 1983 V8SC debut: 2004 Race wins: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26, 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Round 8 , 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 7th 2010 V8 Supercars Championship

Born: 18 May 1984 V8SC debut: 2010 Nationality: French Career Highlights: 1st 2010 American Le Mans Series, 1st 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series, 2nd 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours, 2nd 2009 American Le Mans Series

#9 SP Tools Racing - Shane van Gisbergen/Jeroen Bleekemolen Born: 9 May 1989 V8SC debut: 2007 Race wins: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2011 ITM400 Hamilton (Race 6), 1st 2011 Skycity Triple Crown (Race 12), 2005/06 NZ FFord Champion, 2nd 2006/07 Toyota Racing Series

Born: 23 October 1981 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: Dutch Career Highlights: 2008 & 2009 Porsche Supercup Champion, 1st 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 Class, 2 x A1GP race wins

#47 Lucky 7 Racing - Tim Slade/David Brabham Born: 3 August 1985 V8SC debut: 2009 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 7th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 V8 Supercars Championship

Born: 5 September 1965 V8SC debut: 1999 Nationality: Australian Career Highlights: 1st 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours, 2009 & 2010 ALMS Champion, 1st 1997 Bathurst 1000, 1996 SuperGT Champion

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Ford Performance Racing Base: Campbelfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team principal: Tim Edwards

This team will be desperate to avenge its Bathurst disaster after again proving fast but ultimately failing to deliver on the Mountain. Davison and Salo were a formidable combination last year and should again challenge for the wins. While the Finn no longer races full-time, this year will mark his third GC600 appearance. Power meanwhile returns to FPR after a one year absence and will be relied upon to keep Winterbottom’s title hopes alive in another potentially winning entry. Heidfeld is the biggest unknown here, but will be eyeing a top five on debut as he teams with Bathurst star Reynolds.

#5 Orrcon Steel FPR - Mark Winterbottom/Will Power Born: 20 May 1981 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2003 Race wins: 20 Career Highlights: 1st 2006 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 V8 Supercars Development Series , 2nd 2008 V8 Supercars Championship, 2nd 2002 Australian Formula Ford Championship

Born: 1 March 1981 V8SC debut: 2002 Nationality: Australian Career highlights: 2nd 2010, 2011 & 2012 IndyCar Series, 4th 2007 Champ Car WS, 2002 Australian Drivers’ Champion

#6 Trading Post FPR - Will Davison/Mika Salo Born: 30 August 1982 V8SC debut: 2004 Race wins: 12 Career Highlights: 1st 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 Phillip Island 500, 2nd 2009 V8 Supercars Championship, 2001 Australian Formula Ford Champion

Born: 30 November 1966 V8SC debut: 2010 Nationality: Finnish Career Highlights: 2nd 1990 British F3 Championship, 1st 2008 & 2009 Le Mans 24 Hour GT2 Class, 1st 2007 ALMS GT2 Class, 2nd 1999 German F1 Grand Prix

#55 The Bottle-O Racing - David Reynolds/Nick Heidfeld Born: July 1985. V8SC debut: 2007 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2004 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 4th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series

Born: 10 May 1977 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: German Career Highlights: 1st 1999 International F3000 Championship, 5th 2007 World Drivers’ Championship, 13 x Formula 1 podiums, 4th 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Kelly Racing Base: Braeside, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Kelly Racing Engines: Kelly Racing Team principals: Rick and Todd Kelly

Although Andretti and Rahal are two of the biggest names to be joining the Gold Coast field this year, a line-up of four V8 Supercars rookies in a team that has struggled so far this year hardly inspires confidence. Top 10 finishes have been few and far between for Kelly Racing this year and Bathurst was no exception. Losing Todd Kelly to a shoulder injury further hurts the team’s chances as Tim Blanchard prepares to make the difficult leap into the role of primary driver. As for the internationals, look for the ‘Kelly Racing’ side of the garage to have the wood on the ‘Jack Daniel’s Racing’ entries this weekend.

#7 Jack Daniel’s Racing - Todd Kelly/Marco Andretti Born: 9 October 1979 V8SC debut: 1999 Race wins: 19 Career Highlights: 1st 2005 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2003 Sandown 500, 2nd 1998 Australian Drivers’ Championship, 2nd 2006 Bathurst 1000, 2nd 2006 Bathurst 1000

Born: 13 March 1987 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: American Career Highlights: 2nd 2006 Indy 500, 3rd 2008 & 2010 Indy 500, 7th 2006 & 2008 IndyCar Series, 1 x A1GP podium finish

#11 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing - Karl Reindler/Franck Montagny Born: 18 April 1985 V8SC debut: 2008 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2004 Australian F3 Champion, 8th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2006 A1GP Shanghai Feature Race

Born: 5 January 1978 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: French Career Highlights: 4 x Le Mans 24 Hours podium finishes, 5 x American Le Mans Series race wins, 1st 2003 World Series by Nissan, 7 x F1 starts


Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

#15 Jack Daniel’s Racing - Rick Kelly/Graham Rahal Born: 7 January 1983 V8SC debut: 2001 Race wins: 12 Career Highlights: 2006 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000 , 2001 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship

Born: 4 January 1989 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: American Career Highlights: 2nd 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series, 5th 2007 Champ Car WS, 7th 2009 IndyCar Series, 1st 2008 IndyCar GP of St. Petersburg

#51 Pepsi Max Crew - Greg Murphy/Justin Wilson Born: 23 August 1972 V8SC debut: 1997 Race wins: 28 Career Highlights: 1st 1996, 1999, 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000, 1st 1996 & 97 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour

Born: 31 July 1978 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: English Career Highlights: 1st 2001 International F3000 Championship, 2nd 2006 & 2007 Champ Car WS, 8th 2003 US F1 GP, 3 x IndyCar Series race wins

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Brad Jones Racing Base: Albury, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Noonan Race Engines Team principals: Brad and Kim Jones

The Bright/Sarrazin/BJR entry is one of just six driver/co-driver/ team combinations to remain in place from 2011, and should help car #8’s chances this weekend. A top 10 is certainly be possible if both can stay out of trouble. Minnasian and Campbell-Walter are both V8 Supercar and Gold Coast rookies however, and face a difficult task in the two races. The pair are two of the elder co-drivers in the field and can be expected to put in solid, rather than starring, performances.

#8 Team BOC - Jason Bright/Stephane Sarrazin Born: 7 March 1973 V8SC debut: 1997 Race wins: 30 Career Highlights: 1st 1998 Bathurst 1000, 1995 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 1997 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 1st 2006 Sandown 500

Born: 2 November 1975 V8SC debut: 2011 Nationality: French Career Highlights: 1st 2007 Le Mans Series, 1st 2010 Le Mans Series, 2nd 2007 & 2009 Le Mans 24H, 3rd 2011 Le Mans 24H, 5th 2006 Monte Carlo Rally

#14 Lockwood Racing - Fabian Coulthard/Nicolas Minassian Born: 28 July 1982 V8SC debut: 2004 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2001 NZ Formula Ford Champion, 3rd 2004 Australian Carrera Cup, 4th 2000 NZ Formula Ford Championship

Born: 28 February 1973 V8SC debut: 2003 Nationality: French Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Le Mans 24H, 3rd 2011 Le Mans 24 H, 2nd 2000 International F3000 Championship, 1st 2002 ASCAR Series

#21 Wilson Security Racing - David Wall/Jamie Campbell Walter Born: 1 January 1983 V8SC debut: 2009 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2009 & 2010 Australian GT Champion, 3rd 2007 Australian GT Championship, 11th 2011 V8 Supercars Development Series

Born: 16 December 1972 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: British Career Highlights: 2000 FIA GT Champion, 1999 British GT Champion, 1st 2010 FIA GT RAC Tourist Trophy, 1st 2006 & 2007 Silverstone 24 Hours

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Dick Johnson Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: InnoV8 (Roger Higgins) Team principal: Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing is another team where the co-drivers will face a tough task to shine in what have not proven to be top 10 cars throughout the season. DJR has selected an experienced line-up of internationals, with 43-year-old Papis the youngest of the quartet. This year marks Morbidelli’s third appearance at the GC600 alongside Fiore, while Said returns to partner Owen for a second consecutive occasion. It’s hard to know what to expect from Kox, who like Papis is a V8 Supercar rookie. The Dutchman has an immensely strong record as a GT driver, but will face a tough task to adapt to the bigger, heavy V8s.

#12 Jim Beam Racing - Dean Fiore/Gianni Morbidelli Born: 1 December 1983 V8SC debut: 2009 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 4th 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 5th 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

Born: 13 January 1968 V8SC debut: 2010 Nationality: Italian Career Highlights: 1989 Italian Formula 3 Champion, 1st 2007, 2008 & 2009 Italian Superstars Series, 1st 2008/09 Speedcar Series, 3rd 1995 Australian F1 GP

#17 Jim Beam Racing - Steven Johnson/Max Papis Born: 6 September 1974 V8SC debut: 1994 Race wins: 3 Career Highlights: 1st 2001 Queensland 500, 1st 2001 Canberra 400, 5th 2001 V8 Supercars Championship, 6th 2009 V8 Supercars Championship

Born: 3 October 1969 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: Italian Career Highlights: 5th 1999 CART World Series, 3 x CART race wins, 5 x Le Mans 24 Hours class podiums, 7 x F1 Grand Prix starts


Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

#18 Team Norton DJR - James Moffat/Peter Kox Born: 18 June 1984 V8SC debut: 2010 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 3rd 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship

Born: 23 February 1964 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: Dutch Career Highlights: 1st 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours GTS Class, 2010 ADAC Masters Champion, 7th 1999 BTCC, 3rd 1990 British F3 Championship

#49 VIP Petfoods Racing - Steve Owen/Boris Said Born: 18 December 1974 V8SC debut: 1999 Race wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1st 2008 & 2010 V8 Supercars Development Series, 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 20 (Gold Coast), 2nd 1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship

Born: 18 September 1962 V8SC debut: 2011 Nationality: American Career Highlights: 1st 1997 & 1998 Daytona 24H, 1st 1998 Sebring 12H, 1st 2005 Nurburgring 24H, 1st 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

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Tekno Autosports Base: Stapylton, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Jonathon Webb

Webb and Lieb could well be the surprise packets this weekend. The Tekno Autosports owner/driver heads to the Gold Coast off the back of top 10 finishes in both the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000, while the German returns for his second taste of V8 Supercar action having performed strongly in the #4 Irwin SBR Falcon last year. Encouragingly, Webb has qualified in the top dozen for each of the last five races. Repeating that performance will be crucial if the team is to finish among the front-runners here. Di Grassi meanwhile is a strong talent but lacks tin-top experience. The second Tekno car was off the pace at both Sandown and Bathurst, leaving expectations modest.

#19 Tekno Autosports - Jonathon Webb/Marc Lieb Born: 10 December 1983 V8SC debut: 2006 Race wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 winner

Born: 4 July 1980 V8SC debut: 2011 Nationality: German Career Highlights: 1st 2010 Le Mans 24H GT2 Class, 1st 2006, 2009 & 2010 Le Mans Series GT2 Class, 1st 2005 & 2002 FIA GT Championship N-GT/GT2 Class

#91 Tekno Autosports - Michael Patrizi/Lucas di Grassi Born: 4 May 1984 V8SC debut: 2008 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Formula BMW Asia,, 8th 2006 Formula BMW UK, 18th 2007 Formula 3 Euroseries, 6th 2011 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

Born: 11 August 1984 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: Brazilian Career Highlights: 1st 2005 Macau GP, 2nd 2007 GP2 Series, 3rd 2008 & 2009 GP2 Series, 3rd 2005 F3 Euroseries,18 x F1 Grand Prix starts

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

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Garry Rogers Motorsport Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Garry Rogers Motorsport Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Garry Rogers

This line-up has been given a pre-event shake-up with Alexandre Premat rested in favour of Greg Ritter. The Australian again proved to be one of the stronger co-drivers at Sandown and Bathurst, but will face a very tough task to be faster than any of the full-time drivers in qualifying. Ritter’s co-driver Taylor is arguably the least high-profile off all on the entry, and has little experience outside of Grand-Am. The Caruso/Hinchcliffe entry should be very much the stronger of the two, and may well be fighting in among the top 10 on both days.

#33 Fujitsu Racing - Greg Ritter/Ricky Taylor Born: 20 February 1973 V8SC debut: 1999 Race wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 1st 2004 Sandown 500, 4th 2001 Bathurst 1000

Born: 3 August 1989 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: American Career Highlights: 2nd 2010 & 2011 Grand Am Series, 6th 2012 Grand Am Series, 10 x Grand Am Series race wins, 5th 2011 Daytona 24H

#34 Fujitsu Racing - Michael Caruso/James Hinchcliffe Born: 25 May 1983 V8SC debut: 2006 Race wins: 1 Career Highlights: 2003 Australian Formula 3 Champion, 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Race 10 (Hidden Valley), 2nd 2007 V8 Development Series

Born: 22 August 1986 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: American Career Highlights: 6th 2012 Indy 500, 8th 2012 IndyCar Series, 2nd 2010 Indy Lights Series, 4th 2007 & 2008 Formula Atlantic Championship


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Driver Profiles

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Tony D’Alberto Racing Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team principal: Al D’Alberto

D’Alberto and Liuzzi unite for the Gold Coast 600 for a second consecutive year. Much bigger things are expected of the Italian this year, as he returns not only with the 2011 GC600 experience under his belt, but also with a full season of racing rear-wheel-drive, V8 touring cars in the International Superstars Series. D’Alberto qualified strongly in recent soft tyre sessions at SMP, QR and Townsville, and will need to repeat those top 12 performances to give this entry a fighting chance of a top finish.

#3 Hiflex Racing - Tony D’Alberto/Tonio Liuzzi Born: 9 December 1985 V8SC debut: 2005 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series, 6th 2007 Bathurst 1000, 5th 2005 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 Bathurst 1000

Born: 6 August 1981 V8SC debut: 2011 Nationality: Italian Career Highlights: 2nd 2001 Formula Renault 2000 Germany, 1st 2004 International Formula 3000 Series, 15th 2010 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, 6th 2010 Korean Grand Prix

The Bagman’s Say Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Base: Nunawading, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Lucas Dumbrell

Mike Conway is another IndyCar driver with a strong openwheel background that’ll be making his V8 Supercar debut on the Gold Coast this year. Likely to start in the bottom 10 on the basis of Douglas’ qualifying performances so far this year, the key for the Briton will be to keep his nose clean and hand the car back to Douglas in one piece. Such a performance will likely yield a finish somewhere in the top 20.

#30 iSelect Racing - Taz Douglas/Mike Conway Born: 11 February 1985 V8SC debut: 2009 Race wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Development Series Sandown Race 2, 8th 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 9th 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series

Born: 19 August 1983 V8SC debut: 2012 Nationality: British Career Highlights: 1st 2011 IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach, 1st 2008 GP2 Monaco Sprint Race, 2006 British F3 Champion, 2004 British Formula Renault Champion


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Race Stats

Championship Standings Top 28 after Race 21 of 29

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Pts

1

Jamie Whincup

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

2772

2

Craig Lowndes

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

2611

3

Mark Winterbottom

Orrcon Steel FPR

Ford Falcon FG

2584

4

Will Davison

Trading Post FPR

Ford Falcon FG

2302

5

Shane Van Gisbergen

SP Tools Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2020

6

Tim Slade

Lucky 7 Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1854

7

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

1824

8

David Reynolds

The Bottle-O Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1680

9

Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1629

10

Fabian Coulthard

Lockwood Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1613

11

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

1575

12

Michael Caruso

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

1517

13

Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1448

14

Jason Bright

Team BOC

Holden Commodore VE

1369

15

Rick Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1326

16

Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosport

Holden Commodore VE

1314

17

Todd Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1263

18

Steven Johnson

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1233

19

Dean Fiore

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1045

20

Steve Owen

VIP Petfoods Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1022

21

Michael Patrizi

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VE

1000

22

Tony D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto Racing

Ford Falcon FG

917

23

James Moffat

Team Norton DJR

Ford Falcon FG

892

24

Karl Reindler

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing

Holden Commodore VE

830

25

David Wall

Wilson Security Racing

Holden Commodore VE

829

26

Alexandre Premat

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

782

27

Taz Douglas

Team iSelect

Holden Commodore VE

732

28

Paul Dumbrell

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

534


Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Race Stats

2012 SEASON STATISTICS Race Wins Jamie Whincup 7, Will Davison 6, Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 3, Warren Luff 1, Paul Dumbrell 1 Pole Positions Craig Lowndes 5, Will Davison 5, Jamie Whincup 4, Mark Winterbottom 3, Garth Tander 2, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1, Luke Youlden 1

Fastest Laps Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 4, Jamie Whincup 2, Garth Tander 3, James Courtney 1, Will Davison 1, Russell Ingall 1, Lee Holdsworth 1, Jonathon Webb 1, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1 Podiums Jamie Whincup 17, Mark Winterbottom 15, Will Davison 12, Craig Lowndes 10, Garth Tander 4, Shane van Gisbergen 2, Warren Luff 2, Paul Dumbrell 2, Tim Slade 1, Jason Bright 1, Steven Richards 1, David Reynolds 1, Dean Canto 1

Results overview Qualifying Results

Race Results

#

Driver

Best

Worst

Average Best

Worst

Average

1

Jamie Whincup

1

10

3.8

1

26

4.3

2

Garth Tander

1

24

9.6

3

28

11.3

3

Tony D'Alberto

5

26

15.9

8

28

18.6

4

Lee Holdsworth

4

25

13.5

4

27

12.6

5

Mark Winterbottom

1

10

3.6

1

23

4.3

6

Will Davison

1

9

3.3

1

25

7.0

7

Todd Kelly

11

25

17.9

8

23

15.5

8

Jason Bright

2

27

14.3

3

28

14.3

9

Shane Van Gisbergen

2

18

8.6

2

22

9.1

11

Karl Reindler

21

28

26.0

14

25

21.1

12

Dean Fiore

11

27

20.5

11

25

18.2

14

Fabian Coulthard

5

17

10.0

4

27

12.0

15

Rick Kelly

5

23

14.0

5

27

15.4

17

Steven Johnson

7

24

15.7

10

27

15.9

18

James Moffat

8

28

17.3

13

28

20.6

19

Jonathon Webb

2

23

11.4

6

28

15.5

21

David Wall

19

28

25.0

14

28

21.6

22

James Courtney

6

28

15.7

4

26

13.0

30

Taz Douglas

8

28

23.2

12

27

21.8

33

Alexandre Premat

11

28

21.8

13

28

21.5

34

Michael Caruso

4

22

15.1

4

27

14.1

47

Tim Slade

5

20

12.6

3

21

9.8

49

Steve Owen

4

26

14.6

6

28

17.5

51

Greg Murphy

17

27

22.4

11

27

18.5

55

David Reynolds

1

13

5.6

2

26

13.0

66

Russell Ingall

5

28

18.5

4

28

14.1

91

Michael Patrizi

7

28

17.7

5

29

16.8

888

Craig Lowndes

1

20

5.9

1

28

4.9

Note: The Sandown qualifying result in the above panel has been taken from the 20 minute session, rather than the final grid order, which was determined following two qualifying races

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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Race Stats

Past Gold Coast Race Winners Year

Driver

Team

Car

2011

Mark Winterbottom/Richard Lyons

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

Jamie Whincup/Sebastien Bourdais

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VEII

Garth Tander/Cameron McConville

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VEII

Jamie Whincup/Steve Owen

Team Vodafone

Holden Commodore VEII

Mark Winterbottom

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Jamie Whincup

Team Vodafone

Ford Falcon BF

Jamie Whincup

Team Vodafone

Ford Falcon BF

Jamie Whincup

Team Vodafone

Ford Falcon BF

Steven Richards

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon BF

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

Rick Kelly

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VZ

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VZ

Todd Kelly

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VZ

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

Greg Murphy

Supercheap/PWR Racing

Holden Commodore VZ

Greg Murphy

Kmart Racing

Holden Commodore VY

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Russell Ingall

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Russell Ingall

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Jason Bargwanna

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VX

Greg Murphy

Kmart Racing

Holden Commodore VX

Garth Tander

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VX

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Garth Tander

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VX

Russell Ingall

Castrol Perkins Racing

Holden Commodore VT

Paul Radisich

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon AU

Paul Radisich

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon AU

Paul Radisich

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EL

Paul Radisich

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EL

Paul Radisich

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EL

Mark Larkham

Mitre 10 Racing

Ford Falcon EL

Mark Larkham

Mitre 10 Racing

Ford Falcon EL

Russell Ingall

Castrol Perkins Racing

Holden Commodore VS

Greg Murphy

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EB

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EB

2010 2009 2008

2007

2006

2005

2004 2003 2002 2001

2000

1999

1998 1997 1996 1994


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Race Stats

Past ATCC/V8SC Champions Year

Driver Team

Car

2011

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

2010

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2009

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

2008

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

2007

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

2006

Rick Kelly

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VZ

2005

Russell Ingall

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2004

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2003

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2002

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2001

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2000

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

1999

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

1998

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

1997

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EL

1996

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VR

1995

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

1994

Mark Skaife

Gibson Motor Sport

Holden Commodore VP

1993

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

1992

Mark Skaife

Winfield Team Nissan

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1991

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1990

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R, R32 GT-R

1989

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1988

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1987

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW M3 E30

1986

Robbie Francevic

Volvo Dealer Team

Volvo 240T

1985

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW 635CSi

1984

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XE

1983

Allan Moffat

Peter Stuyvesant Racing

Mazda RX-7

1982

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1981

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1980

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VB

1979

Bob Morris

Ron Hodgson Channel 7 Racing

Holden Torana LX SS A9X

1978

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LX SS A9X

1977

Allan Moffat

Moffat Ford Dealers

Ford Falcon XB GT, XC

1976

Allan Moffat

Allan Moffat Racing

Ford Falcon XB GT

1975

Colin Bond

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LH SL/R 5000 L34

1974

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LJ GTR XU-1, LH SL/R 5000

1973

Allan Moffat

Ford Motor Company

Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III

1972

Bob Jane

Bob Jane Racing Team

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

1971

Bob Jane

Bob Jane Racing Team

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

1970

Norm Beechey

Shell Racing Team

Holden Monaro HT GTS350

1969

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1968

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1967

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1966

Ian Geoghegan

Total Team

Ford Mustang

1965

Norm Beechey

Neptune Racing Team

Ford Mustang

1964

Ian Geoghegan

Total Team

Ford Cortina GT

1963

Bob Jane

Bob Jane

Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk II

1962

Bob Jane

Bob Jane

Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk II

1961

Bill Pitt

Bill Pitt

Jaguar 3.4 Litre

1960

David McKay

David McKay

Jaguar 3.4 Litre


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Races 22/23 - Gold Coast I Event Schedule

Schedule of Events Friday Start 0750 0820 0850 0925

Finish 0810 0840 0910 1005

Category V8 Ute Series Aussie Racing Australian GT V8 Supercars

1020 1105 1135

1050 1125 1215

Carrera Cup V8 Ute Series V8 Supercars

1225

1245

1225 1300 1335

1245 1320 1415

Safety & Course Car Rides Pit Lane Walk Aussie Racing V8 Supercars

1430 1500 1535

1450 1520 1615

V8 TV Session Australian GT V8 Supercars

1630 1650

1650

Carrera Cup V8 Supercars

1705 1735

1725 1750

Aussie Racing Safety & Course Car Rides

Duration 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 40 minutes

Session Practice Practice Practice Practice – Part 1 All Drivers 30 minutes Practice 20 minutes Qualifying 40 minutes Practice – Part 2 International CoDrivers 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes Qualifying 40 minutes Practice – Part 3 International CoDrivers 20 minutes 20 minutes Qualifying 40 minutes Practice – Part 4 All Drivers 20 minutes Qualifying Drivers & Competitors Briefing 20 minutes Race 1 15 minutes

Saturday Start Finish 0750 0800 0800 0820

Category VIP Hot Lap Safety & Course Car Rides Pit Lane Walk V8 Ute Series Carrera Cup V8 Supercars Aussie Racing V8 Supercars

Duration 10 minutes 20 minutes

1135 1205 1220 1235 1240 1300 1305 1310 1315 1325 1340 1615

Australian GT Pit Lane Walk Carrera Cup V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

30 minutes 15 minutes 14 Laps

1645 1705

Safety & Course Car Rides

Start Finish 0800 0810 0810 0830

Category VIP Hot Lap Course & Safety Car Rides Pit Lane Walk V8 Ute Series Australian GT Carrera Cup Pit Lane Walk V8 Supercars Aussie Racing V8 Ute Series Drivers Parade V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

0800 0825 0900 0935 1020 1050

0820 0845 0920 1005 1040 1120

20 minutes 12 Laps 14 Laps 30 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes

30 Minute

102 laps or one (1) lap after 1615 20 minutes

Session

Race 1 (post) Race 1 (post) Qualifying (TX) Race 2 Top Ten Shootout (TX) Race 1 (TX) Race 2 (TX) Fuel Check Signal Pit Exit Open Pit Exit Closed Race 22 - 300km (Live)

Sunday

0810 0845 0925 1010 1045 1115 1200 1230 1252 1305 1310 1340

0830 0910 0955 1030 1105 1145 1220 1250 1302

1615

Duration 10 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 14 Laps 30 minutes 14 Laps 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 12 Laps 10 minutes 30 Minute 102 laps or one (1) lap after 1615

Session

Race 2 (post) Race 2 (post) Race 3 (post) Qualifying Race 3 (TX)s Race 3 (TX) Fuel Check Signal Race 23 - 300km (Live)


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