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Sensors replace tyre bundles at the Gold Coast

Sensors to be placed at Gold Coast chicanes instead of tyre bundles.

17 October 2023

Tyre bundles will be replaced by sensors at the chicanes at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

The decision to remove tyre bundles from the chicanes has been made following consultation with leading drivers, Supercars and Motorsport Australia.

Drivers’ laps will be deleted in practice and qualifying laps if they activate the timing loops. Under the previous system, teams were first notified of kerb strikes, with information then communicated to drivers.

If triggered, the sensor strikes will go straight to the dash of drivers, notifying them immediately if they have breached track limits.

The kerb strike information will be monitored during the races to allow race control to enact a kerb strike policy. There is a kerb sensor at Turn 2, and four sensors at the beach chicane, from Turns 7 to 10.

The chicanes came under the microscope 12 months ago with a Sunday pile-up triggered by James Golding, who clouted a tyre bundle at the beach chicane.

In previous years there were tyre bundles and raised kerbs at both chicanes. The tyre bundle at the first chicane was placed at Turn 1, with three tyre bundles placed along the beach chicane.

The tyre bundle at Turn 1 was moved back after consultation with drivers at last year’s event and will remain in the same position for the 2023 event.