The beginning of the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix started with Ferrari taking the lead. During the middle of the race Fernando Alonso was involved in a massive accident, allowing for Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team to take the victory. Lewis Hamilton, Nico's teammate, had a terrible start but managed to take second place while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third place.

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo took fourth place and was much further ahead of Felipe Massa who managed to score fifth position. Romain Grosjean brought home sixth place for the new Haas team. Nico Hulkenberg of Force India took seventh place while team Williams’ Valtteri Bottas settled for the eighth position. The Toro Rosso duo of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen completed the race with positions nine and ten respectively.

A few different drivers were forced to retire throughout the race. Fernando Alonso suffered a huge accident which ended his race early on and Haas' Esteban Gutirrez was able to walk away from a massive crash at Turn 3.

Additionally, Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat had to retire after he was hit with problems which prevented him making it to the grid at all. After the restart, Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire with a suspected turbo failure followed by a massive fire in his airbox. Finally, Rio Haryanto of the Manor team walked away with driveline problems.

Position Name Team Time Points
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 48:15.6 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +8.060s 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +9.643s 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing +24.330s 12
5 Felipe Massa Williams +58.979s 10
6 Romain Grosjean HAAS +72.081s 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India +74.199s 6
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams +75.153s 4
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso +75.680s 2
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso +76.833s 1

James Courtney and Jack Perkins have taken the victory at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 thanks to an amazing mid-race fuel strategy. Courtney seemed to come back stronger than ever after a two-month lay-off and Perkins received his 129th V8 Supercars Championship start.

Rick Kelly and David Russel managed to take the second position for Nissan while Garth Tander and Warren Luff secured third place for Holden.

Perkins held 10th position through the early stages for quite some time until the minimum co-driver laps expired and Courtney continued. A debris Safety Car appeared on lap 54 which caused drivers to head to the pitlane to refuel and change to soft tyres ahead of their schedule.

Courtney rejoined the circuit in 16th place with other drivers now running behind their team-mates.

Tander led the second half of the race for the most part until he stopped for fuel with 10 laps to go and rejoined in third place.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 27, Surfers Paradise

1

Holden Racing Team

J.Courtney/J.Perkins

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:20.4257

2

Nissan Motorsport

R.Kelly/D.Russell

Nissan Altima

102

02:14:22.4187

3

Holden Racing Team

G.Tander/W.Luff

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:26.1032

4

Red Bull Racing Australia

C.Lowndes/S.Richards

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:31.6848

5

Team Darrell Lea STIX

S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:34.9491

6

Wilson Security Racing GRM

S.McLaughlin/A.Premat

Volvo S60

102

02:14:35.5685

7

Red Bull Racing Australia

J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell

Holden Commodore VF

102

02:14:36.0590

8

Nissan Motorsport

J.Moffat/T.Douglas

Nissan Altima

102

02:14:36.2947

9

The Bottle-O Racing Team

D.Reynolds/D.Canto

Ford Falcon FG/X

102

02:14:39.1019

10

Nissan Motorsport

M.Caruso/D.Fiore

Nissan Altima

102

02:14:41.8647

Championship Standings

1

Mark Winterbottom

2599

2

Craig Lowndes

2341

3

David Reynolds

2281

4

Garth Tander

2141

5

Fabian Coulthard

2096

6

Shane van Gisbergen

2061

7

Chaz Mostert

2017

8

Jamie Whincup

1792

9

Rick Kelly

1637

10

James Courtney

1634