Australian motorsport legend and five-time V8 Supercar champion Mark Skaife has given his professional stamp of approval for the revised street course to be used for this year's new Gold Coast SuperCarnviale circuit on October 22-24.
Skaife met with SuperCarnivale general manager Shane Howard and event engineering boss, John Howe, this morning to go over the changes to the track, which will see it reduced it from 4.47km to 2.8km while still retaining the characteristics that make it one of the most spectacular street courses in the world.
The SuperCarnivale, promoted by V8 Supercar Events with major support from the Queensland Government, celebrates the 20th anniversary of motor racing on the streets of Australia's greatest tourism playground.
With track design experience on New Zealand's Hamilton street race plus design responsibility for both the Armor All Townsville 400 and the Sydney Telstra 500, the five-time national champion and Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner was the obvious choice when it came to input on the redesign process.
The shortening of the track reduces construction and dismantling time by five weeks - reducing inconvenience for local residents.
“I am very excited to be here and to be having input on the racing and safety aspects of the new-look Surfers Paradise street circuit,” said Skaife, who secured podium positions in V8 Supercar events on the Gold Coast in 2003 and 2005.
“I never missed a race here on the Gold Coast until I retired at the end of 2008 and I hold some great memories from what is one of the most challenging racing events on the V8 Supercars calendar.
“We have looked at the maps and engineering aspects of the track and physically walked sections of it this morning. With this shortening plus the inclusion of new grandstands and General Admission areas, the famous atmosphere of this event will be enhanced, and there will be even more action for the on-track spectators to see with the V8 Supercars going around the track more than in the past.
“I think the fans and the racers alike will be very happy with this new design, and I personally can't wait to see the V8 Supercars, along with their international drivers, charging around the streets of Surfers Paradise during the 20th year celebrations.”
Event general manager, Shane Howard, was delighted with Skaife's feedback.