THE PENULTIMATE round of the 2017 Aussie Racing Car Championship is about set to rock and roll on the Gold Coast, and as close as it can get to being the home round with the ARC headquarters based just 15 mins up the road from the GC600 track.
In what has already been a huge year so far round six looks set to upstage the events already run, 30 cars are locked in to “set the streets alive” as they say. Undoubtedly one of the toughest race meetings on the schedule the Surfers Paradise street circuit is your typical concrete jungle, completely lined with 2 tonne blocks to keep the drivers honest over the 2.9km circuit.
Its four years since the pocket rockets have raced on the Gold Coast and less than a third of the 2017 class have competed here. Add into the mix a couple of debutants whom have not yet raced an Aussie Car!
Friday is a busy day for the Aussie Racing Cars with three sessions, the first on track session for practice will actually be the fourth class on track, traditionally ARC are first out in what is aptly called “track sweepers”, being the fourth session of the day will see the track clean and even some “rubber down” giving to reasonably quick times. Qualifying is set to run at 1.25pm (local time) with Race One scheduled for 4.20pm. Currently the weather looks fine for Friday but not so hot for the rest of weekend.
Two races are slated for Saturday with the first race at 9.45am with the second set to start at 12.40. With such a short turnaround time between these races it’s imperative for the drivers to stay wide of the walls, something not achieved that well at this race track in the past! And the final jaunt on Sunday is mid-morning at 11.05am.
Coming into this round James Duckworth has a very slim 2 point advantage over Craig Woods with 245 and 243 points respectively, Woods’ team mate Blake Sciberras is third and just 2 points shy. Jaie Robson sits in fourth on 236 points with Kel Treseder one point behind. The race for the championship is well and truly open to any one of these five drivers.
The Masters cup sees Leigh Bowler (28points) lead from Craig Thompson (23points), in the Gold cup Brendon Tucker has an unassailable lead of 50 points from Jeff Watters (23points), similarly in the Rookies Jaie Robson leads with 36 points from Luke Fraser (10 points). Charlotte Poynting (40 points) sits ten points ahead of Emma Clark, it will be tough for Clark to make this up but we are assured she’ll give it a red hot go.
At the last round in Sydney, Sean Rose Motorsport won the teams Championship trophy for the event, ending the four round winning streak of Western Sydney Motorsport, the later lead the series with 46 points with Roses’ team on 34.
The Aussie Racing Cars pit is on the Surfers Paradise beach front adjacent to the Porsche and V8 Ute pits, with 30 Aussie cars it stretches the best part of 100 metres and looks spectacular with the Game Over, RDA Brakes and Kumho flags flying high. Fans of the Aussie Racing Cars are welcome to come by the pits and talk to the teams and drivers and have a close look at the cars.
Without a doubt the Aussie Cars will be a thrill to watch on the tight Surfers Paradise track, 3 and 4 cars wide climbing all over the beach front chicanes, be sure to catch all the action on Fox Sports or keep an eye on our Facebook Page for race results, updates, photos and Facebook LIVE sessions.