Image: Walkinshaw Racing.
CARNAGE in TASSIE
The Mobil 1 HSV Racing car #22 of James Courtney is out of the remainder of the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint after irreparable damage in race 3 of the championship Saturday.
The damage happened on lap two, when James was caught up in the 12-car pileup on the run into turn 4.
It’s most unlikely #22 will be the only one missing from the grid Sunday after the carnage from the horrifying 180km/h concertina. It will be fascinating to see how the teams affected manage to get their beasts to the line after a long night.
Will Davison Hospitalised
Defending Tyrepower Tasmania champion Will Davison was taken to hospital after 12 cars were involved in one of the worst crashes in the history of Virgin Australia Supercars Championship,
Davison, Simona de Silvestro, Rick Kelly, Garth Tander, Tim Slade, Nick Percat, Tim Blanchard, James Moffat, Scott Pye, James Courtney, Alex Rullo, and Taz Douglas were involved.
Kelly, whose car was destroyed said he’s not quite sure what caused the incident. “Definitely the biggest hit I’ve had in the 16 years I’ve been out there,” Kelly said.
Wet conditions mixed with a lowering sun made visibility tough for the drivers at Symmons Plains Raceway and the opening SuperSprint event of the year was suspended for almost an hour while almost $5 million worth of Supercars were cleared from the track.
Drivers returned to the track and the race finished under safety car after just one more lap with current Champion Shane van Gisbergen in first, followed by Red Bull Holden Racing team-mate Jamie Whincup and Team Vortex’s Craig Lowndes.
And that also leaves a long night for race stewards.