The Gold Coast Undercard

  • 20/10/2016
  • By Chad Neylon
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

key facts

  • Stadium Super Trucks return to Australia to wrap up their intercontinental battle.
  • Matt Campbell is posed to claim the Carrera Cup crown.
  • Three drivers will duke it out for the Formula 4 Championship.
  • The penultimate round of the V8 Utes caps off a tasty undercard.

It's not just the Pirtek Enduro Cup that's up for grabs this weekend on the Gold Coast, as three other titles are all up for grabs. 

Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks presented by Traxxas

Believe it or not the Stadium Super Trucks actually compete for a championship and it's set to be decided this weekend.

I'll be honest, the first couple of rounds went by without me even knowing they were competing for points and judging by the way these guys race I reckon a few of the drivers didn’t know either.

It's actually an intercontinental fight that started at the Clipsal 500 and has bounced back and forward between Australia and the USA.

So who is the hunt for the trophy? Well it’s come down to a USA versus Australia battle between the young and wild, Sheldon Creed and our own, Matty Brabham. Creed has the points lead but it’s Brabham’s home ground.

Toby Price joins the fun again, helping to form a 12-truck entry list with the likes of Robby Gordon and Paul Morris. Don’t miss these three races.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Here's a brief list of things that will absolutely happen this weekend. 

    • There will be some very sorry looking punters on Saturday and Sunday morning.
    • Most blokes will forget there's a race on when the Miss Supercars final starts.
    • Someone on the broadcast will say the name, Andretti. I guarantee it.
    • Matt Campbell will win the Carrera Cup title.

This young man is so good at driving Porsches I'm beginning to wonder if he's a long lost relative of Jim Richards. With the championship hanging in the balance at Bathurst he just drove away from the pack and won all three races.

Now all he has to do is finish ahead of Alex Davison in the first race to wrap up the title and if he doesn't do it then, he doesn't need to do much to win it in race two.

Also worth noting is the fact that Tony Bates is in the box seat to win his maiden TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge class title. He has a 100 point buffer and there are 180 up for grabs across the three races, so the plan is simple - avoid the concrete.

Australian V8 Utes Racing Series

Just two rounds remain in the V8 Utes and they are both on street circuits. That’s a difficult way for David Sieders to go about closing out this championship but at least he has a good points buffer to work with.

With 356 points still up for grabs in the last six races of 2016 – Sieders has an 87-point lead over Nathan Pretty, with Ryan Hansford a further four points adrift.

One factor that is playing into the hands of David Sieders has been the return of his old foe, Ryal Harris. Harris is driving the ute just like he used to and he has plenty of wins in Surfers Paradise. I’m tipping he’ll pinch vital points from Pretty and Hansford again this weekend.

19 V8 Utes are ready to bounce off the curbs and walls and if last year’s reverse grid race is anything to go by, it should be a lot of fun.

CAMS Jayco Formula 4

Now this should be exciting. Three young drivers separated by just 43-points and a potentially wet street circuit to sort it all out.

Will Brown leads the way from West Aussie-duo Nick Rowe and Jordan Love and with 25 points available for a race win he can afford to take a reasonably cautious approach to the weekend.

Out of the three of them, Rowe is the form man when it comes to rain but Brown is the only one of them to have raced at Surfers Paradise before.

Behind them there’s also the matter of the Burson Rookie of the Year to be settled.

Josh Denton has a slender 16-point advantage over local driver, Jack Smith. Both are coming off the back of big accidents in their last races with Denton’s coming at Sandown and Smith’s in the Dunlop Series race at Bathurst. A $20,000 bonus to be put towards next year’s Formula 4 championship awaits the winner.

You’ll be able to watch these stories unfold live on Fox Sports 506 with selected races airing on Network Ten.

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