Motorsport: Queensland events secured to 2019

James Courtney during practice for the V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint. Photo / Getty Images
James Courtney during practice for the V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint. Photo / Getty Images

Golf Coast-based Supercar drivers James Courtney and Will Davison cannot wait to resume hostilities with the infamous Surfers Paradise "Concrete Canyon" after a new deal which will take the event to its 25th anniversary.

After threatening to walk away from Queensland, officials from the Supercars Championship and the Queensland government have confirmed a new contract, guaranteeing the future of the Gold Coast 600 and Townsville 400 until at least 2019.

The announcement came as a huge relief to Courtney and Davison, who are both based on the Gold Coast and have picked up multiple surfboard trophies during their decorated careers.

Davison, running sixth in this year's standings but less than a win behind series leader Jamie Whincup, said the new deal was welcome news for drivers who love the challenging Surfers Paradise street circuit.

"We absolutely love coming here, the track is insane," he said.

Courtney agreed: "It's awesome," he said. "I couldn't imagine us not racing here.

"It's one of the marquee events of the whole season and it's great to have it here for another three years."

After winning the season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Courtney has slumped to 10th in the standings, but is confident of a turnaround at next weekend's Townsville 400.

"It's not as closed-in as the Gold Coast so you tend to take a few more risks," he said.

"It should be some really good, hard, open racing which is what we've had all year really with 10 winners in 13 rounds."

Davison won at Townsville in 2013 and has been on the podium half a dozen times since, knowing another victory would launch him right back in to championship contention.

"It's so close at the moment and I've kept myself in striking distance which is good," he said.

"Changing teams (to Tekno Autosports) we've got a great car and we're just getting stronger and stronger."

- news.com.au

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