The Triple Eight Racing V8 Supercar of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup during 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
The Triple Eight Racing V8 Supercar of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup during 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Mark Horsburgh/Sunshine Coast Daily

SuperGP is very GC

SUPERGP is Very GC.

Yes, SuperGP is the name of the new-look week-long motor-racing circus formerly known as Indy.

Yesterday in Brisbane's Ferrari showroom, Queensland Sports Minister Judy Spence officially announced the new name, logo and website for the event which will run from October 22 to 25 this year.

Formerly known as the Indy300, the SuperGP will involve V8 Supercar and A1GP races around the streets of Surfers Paradise in front of an estimated crowd of 300,000, bringing an estimated $60 million to the state's economy.

It will be one of the first rounds of the 2009-10 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, which pits drivers from different countries against each other in identical Ferrari-powered open wheeler cars, and round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship.

“The SuperGP will provide fans with the best of both worlds with 22 countries racing for glory in the A1GP event while V8 Supercar teams battle it out in an event which has traditionally had a huge influence on their championship outcome,” Spence said.

Defending V8 Supercar series champion Jamie Whincup knows the race is key to the series, as he painfully discovered in 2007, when he messed up and lost the title by just two points.

“This is an awesome announcement,” the Gold Coast-based driver said yesterday.

While the two racing series will share equal billing, Whincup suggested the Supercars would be the crowd-puller, having supported Indy for so long.

“We've been at Indy for a long time now and we believe a lot of the fans come out to see the V8 Supercars,” he said.

“We're part of the (race) name now and we've got prime position in pit lane because we do a fuel stop.

“We may be a bit arrogant but we believe a lot of the fans do come to see the V8s and we believe we put on a good spectacle for them.

“It's fantastic we're getting some recognition with the SuperGP name.”

It's the 19th year of racing on the Gold Coast, and SuperGP chairman Terry Mackenroth said it would have even more of an international flavour than ever before, “and we want to take advantage of that and create an experience which will be hard to forget”.



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