In 1991 the Queensland Government secured a round of the US based CART IndyCar World Series with the Gold Coast street track chosen as the ideal venue. During the 90s Aussies embraced the event and it became a popular fixture on the sporting and entertainment calendar. All was not well with the IndyCar category, however, after a bitter split led to two competing open-wheel series. In 2008 it was announced that the IndyCars would not be returning to Australia. Scrambling to fill the open-wheel void, a deal was made with the fledgling A1 Grand Prix series. Unfortunately that series soon collapsed and that’s where V8 Supercars come in. A regular support category to the IndyCars, the V8s were arguably the main drawcard through the noughties . In 2010 the original 4.47 kilometre track was cut down to its present configuration for what has become the annual V8 Supercar race.
CIRCUIT LENGTH - 2.984 KILOMETRES
CIRCUIT DIRECTION - ANTI-CLOCKWISE
MAXIMUM SPEED - 264 KM/PH
The Gold Coast street circuit is a punishing concrete canyon, the cars flying through the streets and brutally bashing over the kerbs at the high speed chicanes. The ‘new’ track cuts out the Surfer’s Paradise Boulevard and Esplanade main straight sections and the result is a ‘slower’ track that allows our relatively heavy cars to race with less stress on the brakes. With little run off area and unforgiving concrete barriers, the track regularly causes carnage. Making up time over the kerbs is vital for a fast lap but the danger is damage to the car or an accident. As in previous years, race control will punish drivers taking too many liberties over the kerbs and effectively ‘cutting’ the chicanes. To further ward off over-eager use of the kerbs, changes have been made to the chicanes for 2014.
09:30-10:05: Practice One – All drivers
11:55-12:25: Practice Two – Co drivers
13:40-14:10: Practice Three – Co drivers
15:30-16:00: Practice Four – All drivers
11:35-11:55: Qualifying one
12:40-13:10: Top Ten Shootout
14:40: Race one
11:25-11:45: Qualifying two
13:55: Race two
10:00-10:20: Team BOC Merchandise Marquee
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Round 11: Bathurst 1000, October 9-12
The 2014 Bathurst 1000 will go down as an opportunity lost for Team BOC. For the most part the car was fast enough to match the leaders but an unfortunate incident and a mechanical issue put paid to a shot at the podium. Bright started the race and found the car difficult to handle early on, unable to keep in touch with the top 10. Jones jumped into the car early on and kept the car just outside the top 10 until disaster struck. With a safety car called, some on-track confusion led to team mate Dale Wood spearing into the back of a slowing Jones who had just caught the tail end of the pack behind the safety car at the top of the mountain. The rear end was significantly damaged and Jones came in for repairs. Unfortunately the car refused to start and the team lost 4 laps to the leaders. Both drivers kept the car circulating and the Team BOC VF Commodore finished the race in 15th, 3 laps down. Chaz Mostert won the race in dramatic circumstances, passing Jamie Whincup - who started to run out of fuel - on the very last lap.
This weekend Team BOC is focused on turning its undoubted pace into a podium.
Bathurst was an opportunity lost for the team with top 5 speed shown throughout the weekend but an early incident put Jason Bright and Andrew Jones out of the running.
Jason Bright is optimistic the team can carry its Bathurst speed through to the Gold Coast.
“I feel like we should be pretty competitive,” he said.
“Townsville was a good round for us and Adelaide was going well until we rolled so I think our street track performance has been pretty good.
Soft tyres make a welcome return this weekend and that bodes well for the Team BOC VF Commodore.
“The soft tyre should suit the car but it’s hard to know,” said Bright.
“It’s such a different track to all the others and you’ve got to use the kerbs so aggressively. It’s hard to know until you roll it out the truck and see where you stand after a couple of sessions.”
Co-driver Andrew Jones returns to the Gold Coast track after a difficult experience in 2013 when the car was damaged in an accident early in the race weekend.
“Having an incident in practice two really hurt our whole weekend which wasn’t good,” he said.
“There’ll definitely be a change of my approach for this weekend versus what it was last year. There’ll be a few things that I’ve learnt that I’ll implement this year and hopefully we’ll be a lot stronger. The soft tyres always make it feel a lot nicer, especially on a street circuit but I’m going there with the long game in mind and we’ll see what we can do on Saturday and Sunday.”
1. Jamie Whincup: 2547
2. Mark Winterbottom: 2250
3. Craig Lowndes: 2208
4. Shane Van Gisbergen: 2096
5. James Courtney: 2096
13. Jason Bright: 1455
1. Red Bull Racing Australia: 4805
2. Ford Performance Racing: 4269
3. Holden Racing Team: 3808
4. Brad Jones Racing: 3479
5. Norton Hornets: 2971
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Published: 22 October 2014.