The countdown to this year’s GC600 is on with work starting today on the track construction for the event.
The works to bring together the iconic 2.96km street circuit will go for six weeks, with drivers travelling through the area urged to allow extra time.
Around 25km of track fencing is being brought in ahead of the much-anticipated racing event, which runs from 25 – 27 October.
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GC600 Event Manager Melissa Stephens says it’s an exciting time.
“It’s day one of our six-week build, our main construction today is the pit building, so all the garages for the teams and our corporate facilities plus night work starting tonight on the Gold Coast Highway,” Ms Stephens said.
Ms Stephens say a large part of the work will happen at night.
“So tomorrow when you drive down the highway you’ll start seeing pedestrian bridges being built, a lot of the four-tonne concrete blocks which we’ll use about 1500 of them around the track.
“As we move into week two of our construction schedule we actually follow the track around into the Main Beach area.”
All southbound lanes along the Gold Coast Highway will be closed and diverted at Waterways Drive between 7.30pm and 5am from Monday to Friday.
Surfers Paradise Boulevard be shut near the track site between 7.30pm and 5am on Thursday and Friday.
Organisers says there will also be some minor works taking place during the day, but they’re expected to have a minimal impact to the normal traffic flow.
Ms Stephens says they’ve refined the construction program quite substantially over the years, and limiting the inconvenience to residents is a priority.
“We have a very heavy community program and work with a lot of the residents through Main Beach and around Macintosh Island.
“They get updated weekly on the exact works happening that will impact them directly.”
As part of an overhaul of the event precinct, this year’s Gold Coast 600 will host seven local and international acts on two stages that will be constructed on Macintosh Island.
As well as the new-look off-track entertainment, this year’s event will feature the return of the Stadium Super Trucks and two heart-starting races for the Supercars Championship as drivers battle it out to win a coveted Surfboard Trophy and critical PIRTEK Enduro Cup points.
British DJ Carl Cox will headline the Club 600 on a brand-new stage with special guest, DJ Eric Powell. The pair will be joined by Australian festival sensation Hot Dub Time Machine and Brisbane-based British hitmaker Example.
The second stage near the famous final corner hill area will feature three of Australia’s best rock and alternative acts with Mental as Anything, The Vanns and Kingswood.
Today’s construction begins just weeks after a new five-year deal and night-racing was announced for the GC600.