RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said there would be dozens of traffic changes and road closures before, during and after the event, which would run from Friday until Sunday (19 – 21 October).
“We’re expecting more than 190,000 people to descend on the Gold Coast during this year’s event, so if you’re attending, it’s best you plan your trip in advance,” Ms Hunter said.
“Residents are probably aware of the changed traffic conditions because bump-in has been ongoing for weeks, but often it’s visitors who become unstuck when faced with dozens of partial and full road closures between Southport and Surfers Paradise.
“There’s also going to be increased pedestrian traffic, and parts of the Gold Coast Highway will have reduced speed limits of 40km/h and 50km/h for safety.”
Ms Hunter said all drivers in the region would likely be impacted by the event road closures and delays.
“Even if you’re not heading to the event, pack your patience and add some extra time to get to your destination over the weekend. Remember, the only ones who should be putting pedal to the metal, are the professional V8 Supercar drivers.”
Ms Hunter said the track at Main Beach would be closed for racing from 7am on Friday and was limited to local traffic with the correct accreditation required to grant access overnight from 7pm-7am each day.
“Parking will be limited and costly, so if you’re heading to the race, save yourself the hassle and catch the free public transport on offer.”
Drivers were encouraged to check the RACQ Road Conditions website for the latest road closures and traffic changes.
Roads would return to normal from 5am Tuesday 23 October.