Successful Supercars repairs after Tassie all-nighter

Tom Howard

Sunday 9th April, 2017 - 9:47am

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Scott Pye’s repaired Mobil 1 HSV Racing Commodore pic: Mobil 1 HSV racing Twitter

A mammoth effort from Supercars teams overnight has resulted in successful repairs to a fleet of cars damaged in Saturday’s huge shunt at the Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint.

Crews worked long into the night to successfully rebuild cars for Tim Slade (Brad Jones Racing), Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing), Tim Blanchard (Brad Jones Racing), Scott Pye (Mobil 1 HSV Racing), Garth Tander (GRM), James Moffat (GRM) and Alex Rullo (Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport).

All seven cars are expected to take part in qualifying at 1130 at Symmons Plains.

The Mobil 1 HSV Racing crew were completing repairs on Pye’s Commodore until 5am this morning.

Alongside the repairs to the front right of the chassis and cage, a new engine has been fitted as a precaution.

Another huge effort from the Brad Jones Racing saw repairs to all three of its entries finished at 3:30am this morning.

Percat’s car suffered damage to the front right and left rear in the impact and panel damage.

Slade’s entry required a new wishbone, parcel shelf and repairs to the right rear corner.

Meanwhile, Blanchard’s car escaped relatively unscathed compared to the other two Commodores.

The Garry Rogers Motorsport crew were in the garage working on cars for Tander and Moffat until 1am.

Tander’s Commodore had suffered chassis damage in the impact but this has been straightened in time for today’s action, while Moffat’s car required mainly bolt on parts.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport has repaired the front right of Alex Rullo’s car in an effort that saw parts salvaged from Taz Douglas’ withdrawn #3 Commodore.

A grid of 22 cars are expected to take part in qualifying following the withdrawals of James Courtney (Mobil 1 HSV Racing), Rick Kelly (Nissan Motorsport), Will Davison (Tekno Autosports) and Douglas (LDM).

Davison’s car is due to leave the circuit today as Tekno bid to complete repairs in time for the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 (April 21-23).

Mobil 1 HSV Racing carry out repairs last night

Tim Blanchard’s Commodore after repair pic: Tim Blanchard Twitter

Nick Percat’s #8 Commodore pic: BJR Twitter

Tim Slade’s Commodore pic: BJR Twitter

Garth Tander’s rebuilt GRM Commodore

James Moffat’s car

Alex Rullo’s repaired Commodore