Surfers Paradise Street Circuit

The Surfers Paradise Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit on the Surfers Paradise, in Queensland, Australia. The 2.98-kilometre (1.85 mi) beach-side track has several fast sections and two chicanes, having been shortened from an original 4.47-kilometre (2.78 mi) length in 2010. It is the third of three motor racing circuits that have existed in the Gold Coast region, after the Southport Street Circuit (1954) and Surfers Paradise International Raceway (1966–1987).

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
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LocationSurfers Paradise, Queensland
Time zoneUTC+10
Coordinates27°59′23″S 153°25′40″E / 27.98972°S 153.42778°E / -27.98972; 153.42778Coordinates: 27°59′23″S 153°25′40″E / 27.98972°S 153.42778°E / -27.98972; 153.42778
FIA Grade2
Opened15 March 1991
Major eventsSupercars
Champ Car World Series
Supercars (2010–present)
Length2.960 km (1.839 mi)
Race lap record1:10.0499 (Australia David Reynolds, Ford FG Falcon, 2013, V8 Supercars)
Champ Car/IndyCar (1991–2009)
Length4.470 km (2.778 mi)
Race lap record1:31.093 (United States Graham Rahal, Panoz DP01 Cosworth, 2007, Champ Car)

From 1991 to 2008, the circuit hosted an American Championship car racing event, the Gold Coast Indy 300. The circuit has also hosted touring car races since 1994, with the Supercars Championship currently contesting the annual Gold Coast 600 at the circuit.[1]



Ron Dickson, the president of D3 Motorsport Development held the rights for CART internationally in the 1980s. Following lobbying from prominent Queensland businessmen, and a brief meeting with State Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the event was confirmed for Queensland, and Surfers Paradise was chosen over Brisbane, the state capital. The original circuit layout was designed by Ron Dickson of D3 Motorsport Development, and was the fourth concept put forward for the Surfers Paradise area.[1] Preliminary work was carried out in 1988, and the circuit was opened on 15 March 1991 for the 1991 Gold Coast IndyCar Grand Prix.


The track during construction for the 2006 Lexmark Indy 300

The construction of the circuit has been acclaimed internationally[citation needed] and is used as a benchmark for new temporary street circuits world-wide.[citation needed] Over a full 12-month period plans are laid and then implemented to transform a bustling residential, commercial and holiday destination into a temporary street circuit capable of facilitating high-speed motor races and hundreds of thousands of people. The circuit construction since 2009 has been project managed by local Gold Coast firm iEDM who specialise in motorsport venue engineering and delivery.[2]

In constructing the original circuit, over a two-month construction period, seven bridges were erected, along with 2,515 concrete barriers, 11,500 grandstand seats, more than 140 corporate suites, 10 km (6.2 mi) of debris fencing and 16 km (9.9 mi) of security fencing, as well as many more temporary structures being fitted, and large-scale power and telecommunications systems being activated.

The circuit is also an international leader in motor racing safety standards applauded by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport and the FIA (the international governing body of motorsport). One of the major advancements over the later years of the Champ Car era was the installation of double height debris fencing, including an additional 610 panels in high impact areas in 2005.

Shortened layoutEdit

Since 2010, the Supercars Championship has run a notably shorter layout of the circuit. At the Turn 2 chicane, the circuit enters a hairpin to the left and rejoins the original track at the Esses. The then-CEO of V8 Supercars, Tony Cochrane, suggested this layout after the A1 Grand Prix cars dropped out of the 2009 event.[3] This was an effort to reduce the cost of running the event without an international drawcard series. This was achieved by reducing the construction time, amount of materials needed and also limits the impact on local residents and tourists. It is no longer possible to use the full circuit with the G:link light rail line having been built over it.[4]


American Championship car racingEdit

Original Surfers Paradise Street Circuit

An annual event had been held here beginning with the opening round of the 1991 IndyCar season. Following the merger of the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series in February 2008, the future of race had originally been secured until 2013 as an IRL IndyCar Series event, however the race was dropped from the calendar after the first demonstration race, and the A1 Grand Prix was signed up as a replacement, severing its eighteen-year history with American open wheel racing.[5]

A1 Grand PrixEdit

On 11 November 2008 after extensive negotiations with the IRL broke down, the Queensland Government reached a new five-year deal with A1 Grand Prix to stage a race at Surfers Paradise. The first A1GP race was supposed to take place on 25 October 2009.[6] To accommodate the new link with the A1GP series and subsequent removal of the Indy name (which is a registered trademark of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), the entire four-day event was called the Nikon SuperGP.[7][8] However, on 17 October 2009, A1GP Chairman Tony Teixeira announced that the UK operating arm of the series went into liquidation in June. Access to the A1GP cars and the ability to pay its suppliers has been impeded. That caused the cars to be impounded the UK.[9] A1 Grand Prix subsequently failed to arrive and were removed from the program, replaced with additional V8 Supercar races.[10]

Touring carsEdit

An aerial view of the street circuit as seen from a helicopter.

Since 2002, the Surfers Paradise race has counted for points in the V8 Supercars championship, now known as Supercars. V8 Supercars and the preceding Group 3A touring car category had previously appeared as a support category in 1994 and from 1996 onwards.[1]

From 2003 to 2007, the touring cars officially shared top billing with the Champcar World Series, and then with the Indy Racing League in 2008. The 2009 race was amended after the demise of A1GP, moving to a 600 km (370 mi) format of four 150 km (93 mi) races, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. From that year on, Supercars are the major category at the event. For 2010 the format was changed to consist of a single 300 km (190 mi) race on each day, with two drivers per car.

In 2011 Sébastien Bourdais became the first and only driver to win at Surfers Paradise in both a Champ Car (in 2005 and 2007) and a V8 Supercar (in 2011, and then again in 2012).

Lap recordsEdit

As of May 2016.[11]

Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Champ Car Circuit (1991–2009 – 4.470 km)
Outright   Graham Rahal Panoz DP01 Cosworth 1:31.093 21 October 2007
Racing Cars
Champ Car   Graham Rahal Panoz DP01 Cosworth 1:31.093 21 October 2007
Formula 3   John Martin Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 1:47.9630 24 October 2008
Formula Ford   Mitch Evans Mygale SJ07A 1:57.1461 23 October 2009
Touring Cars
V8 Supercars   Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore 1:49.8352 21 October 2007
V8 Utes   Ryal Harris Holden VE SS 2:14.5591 18 October 2007
HQ Holden   Steve Haley Holden HQ 2:29.9498 18 October 1998
Sports Cars
Carrera Cup   Craig Baird Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 1:53.2297 23 October 2008
Nations Cup   Paul Stokell Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1:54.5710 23 October 2003
Aussie Racing Cars   Kyle Clews Commodore-Yamaha 2:06.7819 23 October 2009
Current Circuit (2010–present – 2.960 km)
Outright   David Reynolds Ford FG Falcon 1:10.0499 27 October 2013
Racing Cars
Formula Ford   Nick Foster Mygale SJ10a 1:15.8478 27 October 2013
Formula 4   Will Brown Mygale Ford 1:16.8732 23 October 2016
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship   David Reynolds Ford FG Falcon 1:10.0499 27 October 2013
V8 Ute Racing Series   George Miedecke Ford FG Falcon Ute 1:24.0277 23 October 2015
Sports Cars
Australian GT   Thomas Jäger Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 1:12.3814 21 October 2012
Carrera Cup   David Russell Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 1:12.8643 25 October 2014
Aussie Racing Cars   James Abela Aurion-Yamaha 1:23.9719 26 October 2014
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters   Jim Richards Ford Falcon Sprint 1:21.3734 21 October 2011
Stadium Super Trucks   Sheldon Creed Stadium Super Truck 1:33.8386 23 October 2016

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Lomas, Gordon (23 October 2016). "GC600 marks silver anniversary of street race". Speedcafe. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "iEDM - Motorsport". Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Herrero, Daniel (30 October 2018). "Queensland Premier seeks talks over Gold Coast Indy return". Speedcafe. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ Stolz, Greg (11 November 2008). "Race over for Gold Coast Indy". Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  6. ^ "A1GP to race in Surfers Paradise". 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Gold Coast SuperGP unveiled as Indy replacement". 17 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  8. ^ "糖尿病の初期症状を予防する".
  9. ^ "A1GP statement". 17 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  10. ^ Mival, Al (17 October 2009). "V8 Supercars to replace scrapped event as A1GP cars fail to show". Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  11. ^ "Natsoft Race Results".

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