Gold Coast innovation ensures supercars stay on track

13 July 2016

A secret bitumen ingredient guaranteed to withstand the stress of high performance race cars has been developed and laid on the GC600 race circuit.

Mayor Tom Tate inspected the new surface today, just weeks after the supercars and State Government signed a further three-year race deal for our city.

“It’s more secret than the special spices in KFC chicken,’’ Mayor Tom Tate said.

“Race goers and the millions watching this four-day supercar carnival do not want to see interruptions should the bitumen fail on a race corner. We saw that several years ago at Bathurst and it was a disaster for the event.

“I’m delighted that Gold Coast ingenuity has combined with the Australian Road Research Board, V8 Supercars Integrated Event Delivery Management and the road pavement industry to create this high-performance asphalt mix.’’

The new section of track, laid this week and tested by state-of-the-art laser profiling, is part of the City’s commitment to the week-long race carnival.

“The bitumen can withstand shearing forces and tyre temperatures that reach 100 degrees-plus,” Cr Tate said. “It is better quality than an airport runway.”

Gold Coaster Paul Morris, who clinched the Bathurst crown in 2014, has tested the bitumen mix at his family’s supercar track at Norwell.

“This is the best of the best. Importantly, the surface can stay down after the race weekend so there is minimal disruption once the barriers are removed,’’ he said.

The race weekend is 21-23 October, 2016.


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