UPDATE @ 2.30 PM | The Gold Coast 600 is revving up to be bigger and better than ever, with the Queensland Government confirming night racing is coming to the Gold Coast.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones today announced that the State Government has given the green light for Supercars to begin discussions with Gold Coast Council, local businesses and residents about the future night race.
It’s understood we could see the V8’s racing under the stars as early as next year, which means the Gold Coast would boast the first ever touring car event in the world held on a street track under lights.
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The announcement comes after it was confirmed the Qld Government has signed a new five-year deal to keep the Supercars on the Gold Coast until at least 2025.
“By growing major events like the GC600, we’re creating tourism jobs for Gold Coasters,” Minister Jones said.
“By upgrading lighting along the course, we can make the GC600 one of the most iconic motorsport events on the planet.
“Our economic modelling shows this would boost revenue by more than $25 million – cash that will go straight back to local businesses and support local jobs.”
Ms Jones said the GC600 would be one of two street races under lights held on the planet, second to the F1’s Singapore fixture.
“Major events are in the Gold Coast’s DNA and the tourism industry is part of the backbone of the Gold Coast’s economy, that’s why this just makes sense,” she said.
“The GC600 is a great national event. But by racing under lights, we can tap into a new global motorsport market that could have huge benefits for tourism on the Coast.”
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said all the indications were that sports fans would get the best outcome from a Gold Coast 600 that was bigger and better than ever before.
“The GC600 is an iconic race on one of the worlds most challenging circuits and now this new format will boost the event to a must-see on the international motorsport calendar,” he said.
“Our approach has involved investigating every possible international motor sport option for the Gold Coast and our due-dilligence shows a souped-up GC 600 will keep fans coming back for more.”
EARLIER @ 7.00 AM | The V8 Supercars are set to stay here on the Gold Coast, at least for the next five years.
The State Government is expected to announce at a special press conference in Surfers Paradise this morning that they have signed off on a new five year deal with V8 Supercars.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones told myGC that night racing at the Gold Coast 600 could also soon become a reality.
It’s understood the Queensland Government will begin talks with the council, local businesses and residents about possibly staging a Saturday night race under lights in 2021.
Minister Jones says it would provide a massive boost for the event and put it a step above the rest.
“This is one of only two night races in the world, so we believe that by including night racing into the future that we can actually deliver a 30 per cent increase in the value of this event for the Gold Coast city,” Ms Jones said.
“We think that by upgrading the lighting along the course that we will be able to deliver an addition $25 million – 30 million for the Gold Coast community.
“It’s really exciting because night racing would be accredited internationally, it would mean it would see travellers from all around the world coming to the coast for this event.”
It comes as the super trucks will also make their return to Australia this year, featuring at the GC600.