Surfers Paradise: Event Thursday preview

JUST ONE DAY TO GO UNTIL THE ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600 Less than 24 hours now remain until the official kick off for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 tomorrow morning on the streets of Surfers Paradise. The October 22-24 event will see 18 ...

JUST ONE DAY TO GO UNTIL THE ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600

Less than 24 hours now remain until the official kick off for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 tomorrow morning on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

The October 22-24 event will see 18 international stars paired with the 29 home-grown heroes of the V8 Supercar Series taking to the concrete jungle of the Gold Coast street circuit, with the skills of these drivers - some of the best in the world - to truly be put to the test by the Aussie V8 Supercar machines and their unique style.

When the chequered flag has flown at the end of each day, 600 Sounds presented by Hard Rock will fire up each night at the Broadwater Parklands entertainment precinct, bringing together a wide range of musical acts across a whole range of genres.

The entrants for the event used today to celebrate, with many taking in the sights and sounds of local theme park Movieworld, before the entire 58 strong field for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 headed to Jupiters Casino for the Official Drivers Lunch.

"We saw the Hollywood Stunt Show and then went for a body crunching episode on the Superman ride, it gave us a bit of a taste of what we are in for this weekend I think," said Ingall.

"There is no doubt about it, shortening the track is going to give it a faster average speed which means that you're just going to have a bigger crash faster, that's what we're expecting really at the Armor Gold Coast 600 this weekend - a heap of action all weekend long.

"For these (international) guys a V8 Supercar is just another race car, they don't forget how to race, they know how to race and race hard. I think we might find a few shocks and these guys might come out and start putting the elbows up and fix a few of the locals up as well.

"It's going to be a survival of the fittest to be honest, the guy that keeps the car off the walls, and the co-pilot that keeps it off the wall as well, they're going to win. I think there will be a few non finishes along the way and a few cars will end up looking pretty second-hand by the end of the weekend."

Each driving pair for the two 300km races set to hit the track over Saturday and Sunday were introduced to the lunch attendees before a special 'classroom style' photo was taken of the entire field.

V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly said the photo was something special to be a part of.

"We have been saying that what is exciting about this event is the fact that with some of the international drivers in this field, we will be chasing them for autographs!" said Kelly.

"In a million years we never would have thought that we would race with some of the names we will line up against on the streets of the Gold Coast from tomorrow, and it's a honour to be a part of this and to race them this weekend."

International entrant Yvan Muller said he that the excitement was building ahead of tomorrow's kick off.

"All street circuits are very demanding, with a V8 Supercar it will be even harder for us especially for us foreign drivers," said Muller.

"It was good to get out in the car yesterday but the conditions were very tricky with it changing from wet to dry. These cars are very different to what every one of us drive for all of the year and on a street circuit like Surfers, which is a legendary circuit, it's going to be a lot of fun."

-source: gold coast

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Series Supercars
Drivers Yvan Muller , Rick Kelly