Heavy crash for Mostert in Practice 5

Friday 11th October, 2013 - 12:15pm

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The heavily damaged DJR Falcon

The heavily damaged DJR Falcon

History has repeated for Dick Johnson Racing at Bathurst as Chaz Mostert heavily crashed the team’s Greens’-Tuf Falcon in final practice.

The 30th anniversary of Dick Johnson’s crash in the original Greens’-Tuf gained much attention in the event’s lead-up, but the team now joins Erebus Motorsport in racing against time to have its entry repaired for the race.

The accident occurred at the halfway mark of the final 50 minute practice session prior to qualifying.

Mostert had just set the fourth fastest time when he clipped the inside wall at Reid Park, firing the Falcon hard into the concrete on the left.

The side-on hit was so violent that it lifted the car from the ground, before spinning it across the circuit where it endured a head-on clash with the right-side concrete.

Mostert escaped from the wreckage unscathed and was remarkably composed upon returning to his garage from the medical centre.

“It was one of those things. I tried to turn in too early, I got too greedy and hit the wall,” he told Speedcafe.com.

The Greens'-Tuf Ford took two heavy hits

The Greens’-Tuf Ford took two heavy hits

“It was a pretty big hit but hopefully it looked worse than it was. I’m okay and wasn’t knocked around that much.

“The car had felt good during that session and it was such a shame for that too happen.

“I’ll see if I can get in there and lend a hand. It’s been a tough practice but we’ll see how we go.

“Hopefully we can be a good hard luck story in the race.”

Jamie Whincup eventually set the fastest time in the session, recording the first 2:07s lap of the weekend on his final attempt.

Another red flag, this time to retrieve James Moffat’s Nissan from the Murray’s Corner gravel trap, set up a one-lap qualifying simulation run for much of the field.

Jason Bright was at the top of the order at the time of the restart, but even improving his previous best by 0.2s to 2:08.2s was not enough to hold off Whincup’s 2:07.8s.

Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom, Michael Caruso, Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen also improved in the dying seconds to fill third through seventh.

Mostert’s earlier effort was enough to remain eighth ahead of James Courtney and Lee Holdsworth.

The session featured three red flags in total with the first having been called at the 15 minute mark for debris at The Cutting.

The V8 Supercars will return to the track for qualifying at 1500.

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See below for the full Practice 5 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 02:07.82
2 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 02:08.20 00:00.37
3 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 02:08.33 00:00.51
4 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 02:08.57 00:00.74
5 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 02:08.64 00:00.82
6 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 02:08.65 00:00.83
7 TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 02:08.67 00:00.85
8 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 02:08.81 00:00.99
9 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 02:08.82 00:00.99
10 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 02:08.83 00:01.01
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 02:08.86 00:01.03
12 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 02:09.07 00:01.25
13 XBOX ONE Racing A.Priaulx/M.Ekstrom Holden Commodore VF 02:09.12 00:01.29
14 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 02:09.17 00:01.35
15 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 02:09.21 00:01.39
16 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 02:09.39 00:01.56
17 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 02:09.40 00:01.57
18 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 02:09.41 00:01.59
19 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 02:09.41 00:01.59
20 TEKNO Team Darrell Lea Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 02:09.55 00:01.73
21 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 02:09.57 00:01.74
22 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 02:09.68 00:01.86
23 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 02:09.78 00:01.96
24 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 02:09.88 00:02.06
25 Sargent Security Racing S.Pye/P.Morris Holden Commodore VF 02:09.93 00:02.11
26 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 02:10.25 00:02.42
27 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 02:10.36 00:02.54
28 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 02:10.55 00:02.73

 

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