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.
“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|