Winterbottom’s lead shrinks as almost 200k fans see Courtney win GC 600

AFTER a weekend of buzzing motorsports action, the Gold Coast is slowing coming down from its V8 high.

The city’s population swelled over the past three days, with 197,872 people flocking to the streets of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach to see home town hero James Courtney win the Gold Coast 600.

The Holden star had spent nine long weeks anxiously watching from the sideline after suffering several broken ribs and a punctured lung when hit by debris churned up by a helicopter at Sydney Motorsport Park.


After sitting out both Sandown and Bathurst, Courtney returned with vengeance to claim the 300km endurance race on Sunday, alongside co-driver Jack Perkins.

Image: Facebook

Image: Facebook

Image: Facebook

He took to Facebook to thank his wingman and later posted photos of the pair ‘celebrating their win: “Late night lamb sandwich getting smashed …nice to be celebrating @jack_perkins_ @officialholdenracingteam ‪#‎FrankTheTank ‪#‎letsgothere ‪#‎painwhatpain ‪#‎V8SC ‪#‎GC600 ‪#‎monsterenergy

It is Courtney’s second win of the season.

Championship leader Mark Winterbottom’s disappointing 11th place has seen the gap between the Ford star and rival Craig Lowndes narrow to just 258 points.

Drivers will battle again in Auckland from November 6.