Interest mounts in Gold Coast – for 2011!

The V8 Supercars will be the lead act at the Armor All Gold Coast 600, including international drivers

The V8 Supercars will be the lead act at the Armor All Gold Coast 600, including international drivers

V8 Supercar team principals have been overwhelmed with significant interest from race drivers around the world about competing in the Armor All Gold Coast 600 … next year!

After the successful re-launch of the event last Thursday night, including the list of the 18 international drivers that will compete with the local V8 Supercars drivers, local phones have been running hot with interested parties about competing in the 2011 event – even before a wheel has turned in the inaugural October event.

This year, former Formula One drivers, touring car legends and Indy 500 winners will converge on Surfers Paradise streets, and according to sources, if 2011 Formula One, NASCAR and other calendars line up favourably, next year’s list could be even better.

Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Roland Dane and Ford Performance Racing team principal Tim Edwards both admitted that international drivers who were not on this year’s list have contacted them about joining in the street fun in the future.

“I’ve had other drivers who are right up there in terms of profile ask me whether they could do it with my team in 2011,” Dane told Speedcafe.

“I think it’s incredible. The response has been absolutely incredible. I think it’s the best line-up that’s ever been in a touring car race anywhere. Therefore, that’s a reflection of the event and of our category.”

Edwards predicts a spectacular Gold Coast 600 event – both short and long term.

“There’s a lot of talk in the motorsport community around the world about the event,” Edwards said.

“I suspect there’ll be even bigger names in the future.”

“The event has been very well received. Three nights of major concerts is going to be a big draw card. I think the whole event has a new fresh feel about it. There’s no doubt there. It really does feel like it has a fresh start, which is what it needed. In some ways, the whole A1 Grand Prix from last year debacle did us a bunch of favours.”

The Armor All Gold Coast 600 will be held on October 22-24. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek. Below is the full list of international drivers and the teams they will pair with for the unique street race.

International Driver Country Team Car/s Make
Sebastien Bourdais France Dick Johnson Racing #19 Ford
David Brabham Australia Stone Brothers Racing #4, #9 Ford
Ryan Briscoe Australia Toll Holden Racing Team #2, #22 Holden
Scott Dixon New Zealand Jack Daniel’s Racing #7, #15 Holden
Dario Franchitti Scotland Jim Beam Racing #17, #18 Ford
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Wilson Security Racing #47 Ford
Fabrizio Giovanardi Italy Britek Motorsport #21 Holden
Patrick Long USA Fujitsu Racing/GRM #33, #34 Holden
Alain Menu Switzerland Brad Jones Racing #8, #14 Holden
Tiago Monteiro Portugal Centaur Racing #3 Holden
Gianni Morbidelli Italy Triple F Racing #12 Ford
Yvan Muller France Paul Morris Motorsport #39, #51 Holden
Will Power Australia Ford Performance Racing #5, #6 Ford
Andy Priaulx UK TeamVodafone #1, #888 Holden
Scott Pruett USA Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport #30 Holden
Mika Salo Finland Bundaberg Red Racing #10, #24 Holden
Alex Tagliani Canada Kelly Racing #11, #16 Holden
Jacques Villeneuve Canada The Bottle-O Racing Team #55 Ford

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