Huge crowds make 2018 Gold Coast 600 one of the biggest ever

The 2018 GC600 has been one of the most successful Supercars events held on the Gold Coast despite the weather ruining the final day of racing.

196,192 fans turned out over the three days of the event, the second highest crowd in the Supercars era.

Organisers admit the decision to abandon Sunday’s racing was disappointing but the conditions were just too dangerous.


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Heavy rain hit the street circuit around 3pm forcing the race to be suspended.

An attempt was made to restart the race only for it to be suspended again before a final decision was made to call it off.

Drivers have backed the decision to abandon Sunday’s race, with Craig Lowndes saying it was the right thing to do.

“It was obviously a disappointing end to the weekend with the weather coming in, we knew it was going to be coming but we didn’t know how much” Lowndes says

“We knew it was going to be fairly heavy but to have what we had, I think they made the right choice.”

Lowndes’ teammate Steven Richards also backed the call.

“Naturally we want the race to go on for the fans and put on a good show but with the conditions the safety of, not only the drivers but everyone at the track was probably paramount,” Richards.

Despite Sunday’s weather, Lowndes and Richards still had plenty to celebrate after securing the endurance title following their second place in Saturday’s race.

The pair took to Surfers Paradise Beach to show off the Pirtek Enduro Cup, which is the second time Lowndes has claimed the trophy.

“It was one of our goals going into the weekend,” Lowndes said

“Obviously it’s fantastic to win at Bathurst but for us this is basically the icing on the cake to win an Enduro Cup obviously shows we’ve been consistent over the three rounds.”

Next year’s GC600 will see a major overhaul with the race to become the GC500.

The format will be changed which will see one 500km race on the Sunday, freeing up the schedule to include new categories.

Supercars bosses are also in talks to potentially bring the NASCARS to the Gold Coast in 2019.

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