The inaugural Gold Coast SuperCarnivale has announced its first set of rules which will integrate 18 of the world's most recognised international drivers into each V8 Supercar team for the three-day October event.

V8 Supercars Australia also announced the initial framework for international drivers following an extraordinary board meeting on Friday, after the Queensland government confirmed changes to the popular Surfers Paradise event.

The rules clarify that each team must use their international drivers in each of the two 300km races and that the primary driver of each car must remain with their car.

"These rules further clarify the format as part of the entirely rejuvenated event," V8 Supercars Australia chairman Tony Cochrane said, "By 19 March, we will have our full list of 18 international drivers to be assigned to all teams and, in April, at our major event launch, we will announce both the driver and his allocation."

The rules as agreed by the board include:

* International drivers to be confirmed and in place by no later than Friday 19 March 2010.
* Each REC (licence) holder must have an international driver acceptable and agreed by V8SA.
* All international drivers will be afforded a test day at Queensland Raceway on Wednesday 20 October 2010.
* There will be a special practice session (not race) for international drivers only on the Friday afternoon at the Surfers Paradise circuit of at least 30 minutes duration.
* The current endurance primary driver rule implemented this year for Phillip Island and Bathurst will also apply to the Surfers Paradise event. This means the primary driver must remain in his regular car.
* The fuel tank size will stay at 120 litres.
* The co-driver, including international drivers, must do at least approximately 30 per cent of each race, Saturday and Sunday. Exact details will be confirmed once fuel stops are accurately calculated and advised in the supplementary regulations.
* Each team (two or one car) must have a least one international driver. For the purposes of this rule, teams will be recognised as those nominated for the VCS Teams Championship (Rule D15.5) - ie. a three-car operation will be counted as a two-car team and a one-car team.

As part of the revamp of the event, it has been reduced to three days and the track shortened to 2.96km.
"We are well underway with planning for the event which will be a three-day SuperCarnivale that will have a massive international footprint through our telecast and the visiting drivers as well as an all-entertainment focus for spectators," Cochrane added, "Our entire team are working night and day on this event. We will continue to make announcements leading into and then at our launch in April."

An additional focus will be on attracting interstate and international visitors back to the event. The event will become the third endurance race on the calendar alongside the L&H 500 at Phillip Island and Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. It will be raced over 600km, with 300km each day.

Already confirmed among the international drivers drafted in for the event are former Gold Coast winner Scott Pruett (USA), IndyCar star Alex Tagliani (Canada), reigning Le Mans 24 Hour winner David Brabham (Australia), former F1 and Champ Car stars Mark Blundell (England) and Christian Fittipaldi (Brazil).

The event, to be promoted by V8 Supercar Events, will be part of the inaugural V8 Grand Slam which could offer up to $2.5m in prize money for a driver that wins the Gold Coast event, Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Sydney Telstra 500 in Sydney in the same year.

The event will have its new name, new logo and be rebranded to reflect the Gold Coast and the family-friendly style of event. It will also have a strong community engagement and consultation process.