A horror crash in Supercars’ support competition – the Dunlop Series – has rocked Bathurst on the opening day of action around Mount Panorama.
A rogue wheel – more on that below – delivered an entertaining if nervy moment in the Dunlop Series’ first practice session on Thursday morning. But Thursday afternoon’s second session took a turn for the terrifying when Brendan Strong slammed into the barriers at turn two at high speed.
Strong buried his Commodore VE well into – and underneath – the tyre barrier in a scary crash, immediately causing the session to be stopped. The pace at which he slammed into the wall hinted at a stuck throttle or a potential brake issue.
He was lucky to escape unharmed but gave stewards a thumbs up shortly afterwards and managed to clamber out of his stricken car, which took more than ten minutes to be removed from the barriers.
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It wasn’t the first incident of the day for the Dunlop Series, with the opening session seeing a tyre bounce its way down the track for half a kilometre.
Kai Allen suffered from a loose wheelnut which saw his front right nearly dislodge across the top of The Mountain, leading to the teen gun limping down the hill to try get home to the pits.
The Super3 series leader didn’t make it, however, with his Eggleston Motorsport entry losing the wheel completely out of Forrest’s Elbow, which rolled for some 500m, bounced off the barriers more than once, and forced rivals Matt Payne and Tyler Everingham to dodge the rogue tyre on the track.
It came to a halt, finally, down Conrod Straight, with Allen forced to stop his car.