Todd Kelly; in the driver’s seat – game face on – ready to go! [Image: Nissan Motorsport / Flickr]
Far from the rural city of Bathurst, the Supercars championship gathered again last weekend for the Gold Coast 600 endurance race, which takes place on the iconic Surfers Paradise street circuit. Lined with cement walls, and amplified by street chicanes and long straights into hard turns, the GC600 is an intense shift in the nature of racing compared with the Mount Panorama course to a tighter, shorter course with less opportunity to make passes. Let’s catch up on the Stilo Drivers Leaderboard after the GC600 – note that we have Jack Perkins, Warren Luff & Jack Le Brocq joining the table as well since they have partnered up with James Courtney, Scott Pye and Todd Kelly respectively for the 2017 endurance events. As the finale of the 2017 Pirtek Enduro Cup, this was the weekend for teams to put the pressure on and steal away enough points to secure the title.
Come for a GoPro Hot Lap of the GC600 Street Circuit with our Stilo Helmets athlete Lee Holdsworth!
Saturday – Race 21
Despite a wet Race 21 on Saturday afternoon, which proved to be a battle of survival, the Freightliner Team’s Tim Slade & Co-Driver Andre Heimgartner (also wearing Stilo) managed to fend of the field and maintain the race lead until a mechanical issue during their second pit stop under safety car, which enabled Mostert & Owen of Prodrive to take the lead and defend it for the remaining half of the race; ensuring any challenge at the lead was too risky to attempt. Their teammates Cameron Waters & Richie Stanaway took silver, putting Slade & Heimgartner into 3rd place to round out the podium, backing up their 9th result in Bathurst and each claiming a unique GC600 Surfboard trophy to tame the swell out there.
Race 22 – Sunday
After a long night of work to tidy up the cars after Saturday’s wet race, teams were greeted with fine weather and dry conditions for Race 22 – a welcome sight throughout pit lane when compared to Saturday’s event. Our quickest Stilo Driver of the day, Craig Lowndes would claim stakes on the podium early in the race, contesting third place for the first 56 laps, before McLaughlin would push ahead and not back off to conserve fuel, and Whincup would give chase on deteriorating rubber. A quiet and consistent Van Gisbergen would eventually overtake Lowndes, securing himself a 3rd place podium result and Lowndes’ 4th result. Winterbottom/Canto took 5th place, while James Courtney and Jack Perkins achieved a well-deserved 6th place to break back into the top 10 results. Despite a tyre wall encounter that triggered the race’s only safety car on lap 56, Lee Holdsworth & teammate Karl Reindler kept it together to place 8th in Race 22, turning their luck around from the previous two rounds. It would be Mostert/Owen who took home the prestigious enduro-triple title of the Pirtek Enduro Cup for 2018, with just 70 points separating the top 4 teams.
Standings – Race 19-22, 2017 – V-Sport Stilo Leaderboard
|Jack Le Brocq^*||16||7||DNF||12||485||35|
*Drivers indicated with an ‘*’ have gained championship points from endurance races only.
^J. Perkins is co-driving with James Courtney & J. Le Brocq is co-driving with Todd Kelly.
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