It’s been a massive weekend for the Gold Coast, with supercars flying around the streets of Surfers Paradise and drawing record crowds.
It’s the biggest crowd at GC600 since Supercars began promoting the event in 2012.
198,763 people gathered over three days, with organisers crediting the new format and entertainment options on offer at the event.
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Supercars CEO Sean Seamer says the attendance even improved on last year’s crowd of 196,192, and 2015’s record of 197,872.
“This is biggest attendance we’ve had at the event on the Gold Coast since Supercars started promoting it in 2012.
“I want to thank our loyal and passionate fans for the support of this sensational event,” Seamer said.
The crowds have one again confirmed that the GC600 is Queensland’s biggest sporting event.
“This year we re-energised the event with seven music acts including some of the best international DJs and Australian rock legends.
“We also added a number of off-track initiatives to the track precinct including the SuperKids Zone, a revamped Vodafone Club 600 and the popular Rosé Bar near pit lane.
“I want to thank Minister Kate Jones, Tourism Events Queensland, the Queensland Government, Gold Coast City Council and Vodafone for their extraordinary support of the event,” Seamer said.
Tourim Minister Kate Jones says the numbers mean great things for Gold Coast businesses as well, and that will only continue to improve.
“The atmosphere has been electric this year.
“These numbers back up what people have been saying all weekend – this event is better than ever before.
“It’s a testament to the work we’ve done to grow the GC600 in recent years.
“We’ll continue to work with Supercars to build on this event – to generate more for local businesses and driving more jobs for Gold Coasters,” Minister Jones said.
Work is now ramping up to get the event held at night time, it’s set to return next year from October 30th to November 1st as part of a new five-year deal.