MFL Sports Ambassador Nick Percat Gold Coast 600 Preview
This weekend we round out the Pirtek Enduro Cup with the Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise. It’s definitely one of the hardest events of the year. I’d rate it closely behind the Clipsal 500 in terms of how physically demanding this event is.
It’s a street circuit that I’ve always tended to be quick at, but haven’t managed to translate that speed into a solid result. I won a couple of Carrera Cup races there in 2013, but my best finish in a Supercar has been sixth in 2015 with Oliver Gavin at LDM.
Obviously, this will be my first time at the Gold Coast with BJR and I’m pretty pumped for that. I’d love nothing more than to get a good result after throwing a podium result away at Bathurst, that’s been eating me up ever since. I want to make amends and move on and leave the GC600 with a surfboard to repay the team for all their hard work over Bathurst.
The Gold Coast is a place where anything can happen though. Quite often you’ll see cars in walls as early as practice, as we drivers start finding the limits! If I was a spectator I’d watch the cars over the big kerbs at the beach chicane, it’s awesome to see the cars get air on two wheels. Basically, we are floating and dancing the cars between the walls at 250 km/h!
As a driver, it’s very rewarding if you can get this all right in qualifying. I’d love to make the Top Ten shootout on Sunday as I just missed out on the one at Bathurst. It will be interesting to see who has the pace now that we’re back on the Supersoft tyre.
The Gold Coast event is infamous for being extremely hot and humid. Being a street track, the heat tends to get trapped between the concrete walls. But this weekend there is rain predicted, which would make it hugely demanding both physically and mentally.
Adding water would make Surfers Paradise one of the toughest tracks in the country in the wet. It will be an interesting weekend, here’s hoping we can stay out of trouble, stay off the walls, and leave with a surfboard!
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