Gold Coasters urged to “leave driving to the Supercar stars” this weekend

Gold Coast motorists are being urged to avoid the traffic chaos in Main Beach and Surfers Paradise, with Supercars finally hitting the track for practice ahead of this weekend’s much-anticipated Gold Coast 600.

A number of major roads in the area are now closed ahead of the three-day event and opening practice session at 10.15am, with major delays expected for anyone travelling through the stretch.

In a bid to avoid frustration, the State’s peak motoring body is encouraging Gold Coast 600-goers to ditch the car and catch public transport.


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RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said with the road closures in place it would be difficult for drivers to get around.

“With about 200,000 people expected to turn out and see the Supercars roar by the shore, it’s important everyone plans ahead,” Ms Smith said.

“Closures are now in effect on roads like the Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Main Beach Parade, Breaker Street and Hill Parade to transform the Glitter Strip into a race circuit, which will return to normal next Tuesday.”

Anyone heading to the GC600 is being reminded that public transport is free across the city the whole weekend.

“Parking restrictions also apply, so flash your Supercars ticket for free public transport on the G:, Queensland Rail City Network trains and Surfside buses,” Ms Smith said.

“The best way to get into the heart of all the action is by jumping on one of the extra tram services running for the event and hopping off at Main Beach or Surfers Paradise North stations.”

Ms Smith said while the event would fuel fun and adrenalin, it was important drivers left the high speeds and stunts to the professionals.

“We all need to remember our roads aren’t racetracks and there are rules in place to help keep us safe and avoid crashes,” she said.

“The only ones who should be putting pedal to the metal and pushing the limits are the Supercar drivers.”

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Why should Gold Coast residents be told not to drive by a member’s owned incorporated association that is supposed to represent the needs of motorists, many whom live on the Gold Coast and don’t support restrictions for a commercial event that occupies local roads?

Roads should be available for locals to freely travel on to access their homes, for people to access local businesses that keep this city alive and community organisations that provide much needed services to the city.

Again, the RACQ, in their quest for a daily media mention to justify the employment of a number of former journalists turned story flippers to the media have made unwelcome comment on a matter that they could’ve stayed away from or supported the many thousands of residents and those business owners who are negatively impacted.