Race Preview: Gold Coast 600

With a Bathurst 1000 win under their belt there’s no doubt that car 888 drivers Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards are going into the Gold Coast 600 this weekend with their heads held high.

Atop the Enduro Cup leader board, ahead of team mates Shane van Gisbergen and Earl Bamber by just 60 points, Lowndesy and Richo are keen to claim the prize in their last year as an endurance season pair.

“We have good momentum at the moment. Sandown was a good omen for Richo and I, and Bathurst has always been a very good hunting ground for us,” said Lowndesy.

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However, the duo isn’t getting ahead of itself with the Gold Coast track proving to be one of the most difficult races – the last 10 years have seen 20 consecutive races feature a safety car.

“The Gold Coast is obviously a very different circuit in that it’s a concrete canyon,” continued Lowndes.

“It’s a challenging track to get right and we know too well that when things go wrong here, they can go wrong badly.

“We’ve had concerns about the weather every year as well but that’s part and parcel of the Gold Coast event. It’s exciting when it’s wet because the track is tight with some sharp corners – we expect some carnage from that.

“No doubt it requires a lot of concentration over the 600km which can be incredibly tiring, but it is the endurance season after all.”

In their fifth consecutive year racing the streets of the ‘Glitter Strip’ together, their best result together being third in 2015, Craig and Richo will fight for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup which is crowned at the end of the race weekend on the Gold Coast.

“It does close off the Enduro Cup which we are leading so there’s a lot of focus for us on retaining that lead, as well as closing in on the leaders of the championship.”