Storm Forces Gold Coast Supercars To Be Called Off Mid-Race
A wild thunderstorm and heavy rain forced officials to abandon Sunday's 300km Supercars race on the Gold Coast.
Heavy rain and lightning hit the Surfers Paradise street circuit with race control deeming the track unsafe a few laps later. Just 43 of the 102 race laps had been completed.
The race was suspended for around 30 minutes, then deemed safe, but then suspended for a second time a short while later.
Race officials decided the race would not be restarted again after the second suspension.
The first suspension came too late for defending champion Jamie Whincup whose co-driver Paul Dumbrell collided with a wall as the rain began to get heavier.
Footage of the race showed cars speeding through large puddles, several collisions, and drivers struggling to see through their windscreens due to the pounding rain.
Erebus Motorsport's Anton de Pasquale was the race leader following the suspension, ahead of co-drivers Garry Jacobson and Alex Davison.
Championship leader Scott McLaughlin was in ninth position with main rival Shane Van Gisbergen in 11th.
The race was restarted soon after the suspension around 5pm, following drivers sheltering from the rain and cars being protected with plastic coverings. However, the race was suspended a second time just minutes later as the rain worsened.
If at least 51 laps aren't completed, no points will be awarded.