Gold Coast 600 abandoned with no result as wild storm hits

UPDATE at 5:15 PM | THE Vodaphone Gold Coast 600 has been abandoned with no result or points awarded as heavy rain and lightning lash the street circuit in Surfers Paradise.

The wild weather forced officials to suspend the race twice before race director Tim Schenken made the decision to call it off entirely about 4.25pm. Just 43 of the 102 laps had been completed.

It comes as a line of severe storms smashed into the Gold Coast about 2.30pm, just minutes after the big race began.


The race was run in overcast-but largely dry conditions up until lap 29, when the rain started to fall.

Action was suspended for about 30 minutes on lap 37 while a second attempt to restart the race only lasted another five laps behind the Safety Car before it was suspended again at 4:10pm.

The race was ultimately cancelled and declared a non-event at 4:25pm.

As a result, Scott McLaughlin will head to the ITM Auckland SuperSprint on November 2-4 with a 14-point championship lead over fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen, with four races remaining.

Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards are also the winners of the 2018 PIRTEK Enduro Cup, by 87 points over McLaughlin and Alex Premat.

FIRST at MIDDAY | A TIGHT RACE is shaping up for Sunday afternoon’s 300km Gold Coast 600 showdown.

Holden’s Shane van Gisbergen topped the timesheet in qualifying on Sunday morning, blitzing the Surfers Paradise street circuit in just 1min 10.1937sec.

Supercars Championship rival Scott McLaughlin was second-fastest with a 1:10.3264 lap.

McLaughlin currently holds a narrow 14-point lead on top of the championship standings, after finishing fifth in Saturday’s 300km race.

Van Gisbergen crossed the line in a disappointing 10th-place.

Chaz Mostert claimed victory on Saturday.

Sunday’s main race begins at 2:25pm, shortly after the exciting fly-over from the RAAF jets.