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Sunday 23rd October

RACE WRAP –

Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell – Car #88
Qualifying Race 2 – FIRST (Fastest Lap: 1:10.3169)
Top Ten ShootoutFIRST (Fastest Lap: 1:10.8872)
Race 2 –  FIRST
Championship StandingsSecond (2664 points)

Shane van Gisbergen / Alex Premat – Car #97
Qualifying Race 2 – Second (Fastest Lap: 1:10.4492)
Top Ten ShootoutSecond (Fastest Lap: 1:10.9763)
Race 2 Second
Championship StandingsFIRST (2812 points)

 

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“The tracked changed quite a lot today but we did a good job in keeping up with it and the car was really fast again. We had a really good lead as a team at the start but had to double stack which put us back a bit. Alex (Premat) did a fantastic job of managing the fuel and putting Car #97 in the right place. We had to push to the end, I had to pass Chaz (Mostert) three times but we made up the time in the last stint. It’s been an awesome weekend in securing the Teams Championship and taking home the Pirtek Enduro Cup so we’re all pretty excited at the moment.”

Alex Premat – Car #97

“It feels pretty amazing to win the Pirtek Enduro Cup with Shane Van Gisbergen. Joining the Triple Eight team was a lot of responsibility but in the end it worked out really well . For the four endurance races we finished in the top two so that was pretty amazing. Winning the Pirtek Enduro Cup means a lot for me and I would love to come back again next year!”

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

“Great day, great day. A sweet win to round off the enduro season, we all know the last few weeks have been hectic, but you don’t let it affect your performance. The whole team deserved a good result, so I am stoked that Paul (Dumbrell) and I could give them that. Yes, the Championship is still on the radar, we can still give it a good crack, but Shane (van Gisbergen) has been driving very well and we have been working well together. Today’s race was proof of everything we have been working so hard towards. I am going to miss the co-drivers hanging around, looking forward to having them back next year.”

Paul Dumbrell – Car #88

“It is great to have a win today off the back of the last few weeks. We really pushed as hard as we could, the car had the potential to and we took it. It was a pretty clean race, which meant we could really play our strategy out. This win has wrapped up a rollercoaster of an endurance season for Jamie (Whincup) and I, it is great to finish on a high, and great for the team to take home the Pirtek Enduro Cup.”

12:03pm – We’ve locked out the top spots today on the grid ahead of the final enduro race of the season. JW & PD in P1, SVG & AP in P2.

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10:13am – JW takes provisional pole ahead of the Top Ten Shootout. His teammate SVG in P2.

9:01am – The track temps should remain pretty cool for the day, but no sign of rain (phew!)

8:23am – We wake up this morning as the 2016 Supercars Teams Champions. How sweet it is!

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Saturday 22nd October

RACE WRAP –

Shane van Gisbergen / Alex Premat – Car #97
Qualifying Race 1FIRST (Fastest Lap: 1:10.6544) – Triple Eight’s 100th podiumRace 1 FIRSTJamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell – Car #88
Qualifying Race 1Third (Fastest Lap: 1:10.8823)
Race 1 Third
 

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“From my end, it was tough. We really had to push in that middle stint. We thought we understood the rule was that we could pit and serve the penalty, which we couldn’t. Alex (Premat) made a mistake, but after he drove faultlessly. His pace was awesome, he gained us almost 10 seconds. I had to really push through, we passed for the lead and pulled another 10 seconds. The car was just awesome, best car I have ever had around here. It is never an easy track, but everyone was on top of their game and we brought home the results.”

Alex Premat – Car #97

“This is my first win in Supercars, it is very cool! Obviously, a pretty crazy race, it always is around here. I am really happy for the entire team, to have the results of P1 and P3 is amazing. I hope we can go into tomorrow and do the same. I work race by race, so I will not focus on the Cup currently. We will see what tomorrow brings, what we have going now is working very well. Great car, great driver, great team.”

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

“We’re really happy with today. A one and three finish for the team is a great result considering this place is such a gnarly concrete canyon. My car was good, not quite as good as Car #97 but it was good enough for a podium spot. I was hoping for a safety car late in the race which would have provided the chance to have a bit of a crack at Car #33 but he was too quick through the chicanes and he got a better run. We’ll tune the car up tonight and go for another podium tomorrow.”

Paul Dumbrell – Car #88

“It was a good day for Jamie Whincup and I in Car #88. By starting third on the grid it was always going to be tough to pass around this track but we were able to get past the Volvo on the first lap which was really great. Alex Premat and I had a really good battle for four or five laps there but we probably didn’t have the pace to beat them today. Finishing third today has given us a good focus for tomorrow.”

11:40am – THE STATS – It is Triple Eight’s 100th championship pole position – THE first team in championship history to reach 100 poles.

It’s Triple Eight’s 7th pole of the season and their 7th on the Gold Coast – more Supercar poles at the Gold Coast than any other team in history.

11:15am – Nothing like bringing in the weekend clocking your 100th pole! Congrats to the team, drivers and everyone involved!

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9:10am – We are down at our final merchandise signing session for the weekend – don’t miss out!

8:01am – The sun is shining today (rumors of rain!) but we will take what we can get! Bring on this afternoon’s 300km race!

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Friday 21st October

RACE WRAP

Shane van Gisbergen / Alex Premat – Car #97
Practice 1Second (Fastest Lap: 1:11.4121)
Practice 2 –  Third (Fastest Lap: 1:12.2188)
Practice 3 –  FIRST (Fastest Lap: 1:10.4206)Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell – Car #88
Practice 1Fourth (Fastest Lap: 1:11.5006)
Practice 2 –  Second (Fastest Lap: 1:12.0245)
Practice 3 – Fifth (Fastest Lap: 1:10.9439)
Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“I love coming here. When you have a good car you can just commit to the limit. The bumps are pretty wild, and there’s plenty of grip on the track. I have a great car, I’m pretty lucky, we’ve got strength and great pace. There’s plenty of pace through those back chicanes, it is hard to find the limit there. The team is working well, but it’s just practice, still a big weekend ahead. I have a really good opportunity here, I am excited.”

Alex Premat – Car #88

“Shane (van Gisbergen) and I are pretty happy about day one at the Gold Coast 600. We ended up in the top three for all three of the practice sessions today so we’re just continuing to tune the car for qualifying tomorrow. It’s so nice to be back on the Gold Coast and we’re looking forward to a good race tomorrow.”

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

“We improved the car as the day went on and put some good tyres on in the final practice session but we didn’t really maximise it. It’s such a crazy track so piecing it all together is quite difficult. Where we ended up on the timesheets doesn’t reflect the car at the moment so I just need a good rest tonight to make sure we get the most out of tomorrow. I’ve never driven a car in the wet around this track before and I reckon there’s a good chance we’re all about to experience it. Like all weather, it’s the same for everyone and we’re just going to have to adapt the best we can.”

Paul Dumbrell – Car #88

“The car has really great pace, similar to what it had in Bathurst. We’ve been able to get around the circuit pretty quickly already, the track is feeling good and there is a fair amount of grip. It is still early days, I think we all know how situations can change, and on a street circuit like this anything is possible. It is great to be in the sunshine and warmth of the Gold Coast, I love coming up here.”

2:25pm – Co-driver practice 2 results are in – PD P2, AP P3, these co-drivers are flying (must be the wings!)

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1:21pm – JDUB ON THE TRACK “Yeah, she’s pretty full on as usual. You need to be careful, it’s a bit of a concrete jungle out there.”

12:31pm – Apple-Kiwi going down a treat right now! Get your hands on the new tropical flavour in stores.

11:20am – Practice 1 is done and dusted with SVG in P2, JW P4. Second practice session is after lunch – pass the tucker!

9:12am – What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! Cal (#88’s No. 2 Mech) prepping the dry ice for those cool suits before today’s practice.

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8:00am – What’s track-a-lacking?

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Thursday 20th October

11:23am – Get down to the beer garden tonight to meet the drivers!

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10:00am  – The boys are back in town!

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9:02am  – We are traveling to the GC600, so sorry if we are slightly MIA! When you’ve got Cappy, JDub and Gizz to wrangle, there’s plenty on!

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Wednesday 19th October

12:31pm – SVG & AP bust out the coloured pencils ahead of this weekends GC600.

10:30 – SVG doing those promotional duties that you just HAVE to do…..SVG and AP hit the sand playing against the Miss Supergirls contestants at Surfers Paradise.

Supercars drivers play the Miss Supergirls contestants in the annual Beach Volleyball match ahead of the Castrol Gold Coast 600, in Gold Coast, Australia, October 19, 2016.

8:45am – Plenty of chances to meet the drivers over the next few days – like this afternoon!

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7:12am – Tonight we relive the 2016 Bathurst 1000. Tune into Supercars Life @ 8:30pm AEST on Fox Sport 5.

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Tuesday 18th October 

3:56pm – FAST FACT – No team has won more Gold Coast Supercar races than Triple Eight, 10 race wins have come in the last 25 races at the venue.

2:14pm – Don’t miss your chance to meet the drivers! – Ps. Don’t forget a signing card is needed at all merch sessions!

Date: Wednesday 19th October

Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Location:  Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Wallace Bishop

 

Date: Wednesday 19th October

Time: 4:30 – 5.30pm

Location: Autobarn, Upper Coomera, 195 Old Coach Road

 

Date: Thursday 20th October

Time: 11:00 – 12.00pm

Location: Woolworths, Cavill Ave

 

Date: Thursday 20th October

Time: 5:15 – 5.45pm

Location: Beer Garden, Cavill Ave & Orchid Ave

 

Date: Friday 21st October

Time: 2:55 – 3.15pm

Location: RBRA merchandise shop, on track

Note: Signing card required*

 

Date: Saturday 22nd October

Time: 9:00 – 9.20am

Location: RBRA merchandise shop, on track

Note: Signing card required*

 

12:32pm – Join the crew of Cappy, JDub and Gizz and get your hands on these limited edition merch items! >> http://bit.ly/2dnEUGk

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11:57am – FAST FACT – JDub’s five pole positions remains the Gold Coast Supercars record.

10:45am – SHIPPY ON THE GC600 – “Gold Coast is quite similar to Sandown in terms of handling requirement, so we should be able to bring a fast car, and let Shane and Alex have some fun.”

9:12am – JDUB ON THE GC EVENT – ““I am looking forward to the Gold Coast 600 as it’s a home race for me. I enjoy the sun and the beach; it’s a bit of me!”

8:02am – Guess who’s back?

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GC600 – Surfers Paradise Street Circuit 

Circuit length: 2.96km

Circuit direction: Anti-Clockwise

Average speed: 146km/h

Maximum speed: 265km/h

 

Championship standings

1st – Shane van Gisbergen, 2524 points

2nd  – Jamie Whincup, 2285 points

3rd – Craig Lowndes, 2205 points

4th – Will Davison, 2112

5th – Scott McLaughlin, 1989 points