Gold Coast driver regulations to change
The international format for the Armor All Gold 600 is set to continue, however, a number of key tweaks to the format have been mooted by V8 Supercars Australia.
At the recent Team’s Forum, V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane told the assembled team owners that the international driver format will stay, with all 29 entries set to be filled by international drivers.
Also, to even up the playing field and reduce costs, it was mooted that the international guests will not be able to come to test for the respective teams, or drive in the Phillip Island or Bathurst endurance races.
Under the proposed rules, the only pre-Gold Coast 600 V8 laps the internationals would receive is at the Wednesday test session at Queensland Raceway, prior to the Gold Coast street race.
IRWIN Racing’s David Brabham was the only international to compete in all three enduros at Phillip Island, Bathurst and the Gold Coast, while Ryan Briscoe drove for Bundaberg Red Racing (Bathurst) and Toll HRT (Gold Coast).
The proposed rules are yet to be ratified by the V8 Supercars board.
Wilson Security Racing’s international driver Helio Castroneves told V8XTRA that he loved his debut in the class, but would like to see every car filled with an international driver.
“You’ve got to have everyone with the international drivers, not just the 18 drivers,” said the three-time Indy 500 champion.
“It needs to be the full field. It’s not fair for the others. I understand that everybodfy is fighting for the championship. We’re professional. We don’t want to mess these guys around, but at the end of the day, it was a great concept. There were people really enjoying having us around.
“Hopefully we’ll be invited back next year and we’ll go even better.”