Courtney returns to dominate Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars race
Monster Energy athlete James Courtney has won the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars race on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
Courtney and Monster Energy-sponsored Holden Racing Team co-driver Jack Perkins powered home the #22 HRT Commodore to dominate Sunday’s feature race. A mid-race fuel strategy call set up for a hard charging finish to the excitement of the team with teammates Garth Tander and Warren Luff also finishing on the podium in the #22 HRT Commodore.
“Hell yeah!! So pumped to be able to get this win with my mate Jack, it was a super job by all the lads at HRT today!” James Courtney said. “Winning shows how determined we are as a team and as a person, nothing is going to hold me back doing what I want to do and I’m willing to fight until the end.
“To be out for three events with this rib injury and come back in commanding fashion feels awesome and I can’t wait to continue fighting hard into the final rounds of the season.”
After being sidelined for three rounds of the V8 Supercars Championship with a punctured lung and five broken ribs in a freak accident during the Sydney Motorsport round, JC was amped to unleash the beast once more and remind his competitors he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
The win signified a monster milestone for Perkins with the victory his first in the top flight V8 Supercars category.
“What an awesome day I’m super pumped to stand on the top step of the podium for the first time in my career!” Exclaimed Perkins.
With points combined across the Enduro V8 Supercars season (Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast events), Tander and Luff also secured the prestigious Pirtek Enduro Cup.
“It’s a great result for the entire team over the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast events, thanks to the team and Luffy for doing such a great job over these last three races, so now we will keep the momentum going for the remaining events of the year!” Tander stated.
The streets of Surfers Paradise saw a record 197,872 hard charging fans pack out this year’s Gold Coast 600 as the championship kicked into party mode for three days of action both on and off the track. The tropical Queensland climate geared everyone up for all sorts of action with plenty of trackside clubs, concerts and of course Monster Energy girls keeping everyone entertained in between sessions.
With no rest for the wicked the V8 Supercars Championships has a quick turnaround before heading to New Zealand for the ITM 500 Auckland at Pukekohe Park on November 6-8.