Supercars' Gold Coast 600 abandoned amid Surfers Paradise storms

The second leg of Supercars' Gold Coast 600 has been officially abandoned, after the Surfers Paradise street circuit was lashed by thunderstorms

Supercars' Gold Coast 600 abandoned amid Surfers Paradise storms

The race made it to the 37th of its planned 102 laps before it was red-flagged, a storm cell hovering directly over the circuit leading to safety concerns for crews and officials.

Continuing rain then made it impossible for the race to be restarted thanks to the pooling water.

With a time certain finish of 4:48pm local time, and a requirement of 50% race distance for points to be awarded, race control did attempt to limp to the midway point behind the safety car.

But after just six laps the race was suspended again, before being officially abandoned at 4:25pm.

That means no points will be awarded, and Scott McLaughlin will leave the Gold Coast with a 14-point championship lead over Shane van Gisbergen.

It also means Bathurst 1000 winners Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards are the Enduro Cup champions.

Anton De Pasquale was technically the leader of the race when it was abandoned, but that was mainly down to an off-sequence strategy.

The Erebus Holden driver was one of the few primary drivers to start, which meant he filtered to the front as the majority of crews pitted to make a driver change on lap 34.

The best of the cars in genuine contention was the Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden of James Courtney and Jack Perkins, who had run fourth in the early stages before the wet weather arrived.

Earlier in the race James Moffat had sprinted into the lead for Tickford Ford, having executed a textbook pass on polesitter Luke Youlden's Erebus Holden 13 laps in.

shares
comments
Supercars Gold Coast: Chaz Mostert and James Moffat win opener

Previous article

Supercars Gold Coast: Chaz Mostert and James Moffat win opener

Next article

Tickford had plan if Moffat got Supercars Gold Coast ban for scuffle

Tickford had plan if Moffat got Supercars Gold Coast ban for scuffle
Load comments

About this article

Series Supercars
Author Andrew van Leeuwen
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Plus

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

OPINION: Roger Penske's operation helped lift Dick Johnson's faltering Ford team back to the top of Australian tin-tops. But, despite The Captain's departure, along with star driver Scott McLaughlin, there's no reason to expect an imminent decline from DJR

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble Plus

Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But the team's outgoing boss Roland Dane has full faith that he'll be up to the task

Supercars
Feb 5, 2021
The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020

In a year of few constants, the Australian Supercars championship could be relied upon for its usual blend of rough and tumble racing with a V8 soundtrack. But who were its top performers in 2020?

Supercars
Dec 27, 2020
The 'lifetime deal' that broke down in double quick time Plus

The 'lifetime deal' that broke down in double quick time

Last year, David Reynolds signed a decade-long deal with Erebus, seemingly pledging his long-term Supercars future to the team. One year on, "Decade Dave's" contract has been reduced to tatters, with an undercurrent of discontent having brewed in 2020

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
How Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Plus

How Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a divisive figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his dramatic boots as the category enters a new era

Supercars
Oct 30, 2020
Why McLaughlin is wrong to label 2020 his best title Plus

Why McLaughlin is wrong to label 2020 his best title

OPINION: Scott McLaughlin was quick to describe his third Supercars title as his best yet. But even though it didn't match the dramatic backstory of his 2018 triumph, there's a good reason for him wanting to control the narrative this time around

Supercars
Oct 2, 2020
Why Supercars would settle for an anticlimactic title race Plus

Why Supercars would settle for an anticlimactic title race

It's a predicament that has faced the World Endurance Championship in the past, and now it's the turn of Supercars to have its biggest race - the Bathurst 1000 - taking the final slot on the calendar. Will its wider significance upstage the title battle?

Supercars
Sep 4, 2020
The 10-year wait for a Supercars champion halted by coronavirus Plus

The 10-year wait for a Supercars champion halted by coronavirus

When the Supercars season resumes James Courtney will be a Tickford Racing driver - but it's not the first time the star driver has flirted with the famous Ford squad

Supercars
May 18, 2020