The GC600 is set to become the GC500 with changes to the iconic Supercars race from 2019.
Discussions had been underway to turn the format from two 300km races over two days into one 500km race on the Sunday with Supercars CEO Sean Seamer today confirming they will go ahead with the plan.
“We’ll definitely be doing a full endurance 500 race on the Sunday, we’re just working through the finer details with the team at TEQ (Tourism and Events Queensland),’” Mr Seamer said.
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“It’ll certainly add a lot more pressure to the teams and drivers to be doing a full 500 on the Sunday, it’ll be very hard on the cars but it’ll be great for the fans.”
The move to a full race on the Sunday clears the schedule on Saturday with Supercars looking at introducing different categories.
Talks are also underway to possibly bring the NASCARS to the Gold Coast in 2019.
“Those conversations are ongoing, we’ve got a much closer relationship with them than we’ve had in the past but we don’t want to over promise and under deliver, we need to take the time to get it right and those conversations a ongoing.” Mr Seamer said.
It comes as thousands of people pour into the GC600 for the first day of action on the Gold Coast.
Friday will see three Supercars practice sessions along with the V8 Touring Cars, SuperUtes and Porsche Carrera Cup.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones says the event is expected to be another huge success for the Gold Coast.
“We’re so excited with Supercars this year, we expect that the economic impact this year will break more than $46 million,” Minister Jones said.
“Also what beautiful Gold Coast weather that’s been turned on today!”
The State Government is yet to commit to the event beyond 2019 but Minister Jones says talks are ongoing.
“We know how critical this event is to the future of the events calendar of the Gold Coast and our focus is very much how we can build this event into the future to make sure that it continues to be a massive attraction for people to come and stay and spend money here on the Gold Coast.”