With the Gold Coast 500 held just 20 minutes away from their race headquarters, Nulon Racing is hoping to be the home town heroes by the close of this weekend’s two 250km Supercars races around the streets of Surfers Paradise.
The Arundel-based team and its #23 and #31 Nulon Racing Camaros come to the event fresh from a top ten finish at the Bathurst 1000 and ready for the final run towards the end of what has been an action-packed 2023 Supercars season.
Nulon Racing Team Principal, Stephen Robertson, said the team was looking forward to tackling the challenging yet rewarding street circuit.
“As we near the pointy end of the 2023 season, we continue to work hard to put together the best package we can while developing the best team we can,” Roberston said.
“I think we showed at Bathurst just how far we have come as a team.
“We are looking forward to continuing to show our growth and skill on the track and in the pits at the Gold Coast.
“This track is technically our home-track, although like everyone else we only get to race on it once a year.
“Even so, there is definitely something to be said for racing at home.
“Hopefully we can bring home the goods in front of our passionate local supporter base this weekend.
“As we have seen in the past, this track can be punishing and the results can be dire if you mess up or get caught up in someone else’s mistake.
“At the same time, the rewards are huge if you can get it right. We will be doing all we can to fall in that latter group.
“Hopefully we can be celebrating with some surfboard trophies across the weekend!”
Driver of the #23 Nulon Racing Camaro, Tim Slade, already has two surfboard trophies at home after claiming third positions at the 2014 and 2017 Gold Coast events.
“The Surfers Paradise street circuit is truly exciting. The Beach Chicane in particular is quite exhilarating – it is fast, and the car is up on two wheels for a fair amount of time after hitting the kerbs each side. I think it is one of the best spots to spectate of any of the tracks we go to for that reason,” Slade said.
“Striking the right balance between pushing the car to its limits and avoiding potential mishaps with concrete walls is something that is critical every time we go to a street circuit and the Gold Coast is no different. It is a fine line we must tread, and it makes for a huge challenge, but the rewards can be great when you get it right.
“I do really enjoy racing on the Gold Coast – the atmosphere is great.”
After a strong performance at the Bathurst 1000, Golding is feeling confident heading to the technical street circuit at the Gold Coast.
“We had a good weekend at the Mountain but straight away have switched our focus to the unique challenges of the concrete jungle that is racing in Surfers Paradise,” Golding said.
“They really are polar opposites when you compare Mount Panorama to the streets of the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast is a fantastic event with a great vibe on and off the track. The track itself is crazy – the Beach Chicane really is a spectacle for fans trackside as the cars will be launching through there at over 130km/h. It is a challenging bit of road, but I love it.
“I can’t wait to get on track at what is our home race on the Gold Coast and fly the flag for the locals.”
Nulon Racing will be on-track for the Gold Coast 500 across Friday October 27 to Sunday October 29. Friday will host two 30 minute practice sessions at 11.30am and 3.30pm, before Saturday features a 15 minute qualifying session for race 25 (11.35am), the top ten shootout for race 25 (1.05pm) and race 25 (85 laps) at 3.45pm. Sunday will then host a 15-minute qualifying session for race 26 (10.05am), the race 26 top ten shootout (11.35am) and race 26 (85 laps) at 2.15pm. For event information, visit www.supercars.com.au
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