THOUSANDS of revved up rev-heads descended on Surfers Paradise for the Castrol Edge GC600 on Saturday.
Fans flocked to the event precinct in their hundreds, filling grandstands, lining the track, and observing from high-rise balconies.
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It’s estimated more than 180,000 people will hit the track for the three-day event, which has yet again been blessed with picture-perfect weather.
Air-conditioned trams have proved to be the most popular way to get to the event this year, with ticket holders ditching the roads and hitching a free ride to the front gates.
Police are out in force and are so far pleased with this year’s crowds.
They will continue to comb through the precinct in a bid to keep a lid on rowdy anti-social behaviour.
On Saturday, a large squad of officers were photographed questioning a group of tattooed men inside the precinct.
Saturday’s action kicked off with the V8 Supercars qualifying round just before midday, before the V8 Utes took to the track for their first race at 12.10pm.
The V8 Supercar drivers then hit the track for a Top Ten Shootout at 12.40pm before their main race at 2.40pm.
Along with the on-track action, there was plenty of hot off-track entertainment to keep crowds occupied as well.
Club 600 returned Macintosh Island this year and was a hit with revellers, as were The Roulettes – the RAAF‘s formation aerobatics team.
An ocean breeze managed to keep temperatures around 26C at the precinct on Saturday, but there’ll be no escaping the heat on Sunday.
The mercury is expected to top 30C at the track for the final day of the event, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.