Wilson in huge crash as Pretty takes Utes pole
Cam Wilson and Jordan Skinner have both escaped serious injury after an horrific crash in the closing seconds of the Australian V8 Utes qualifying session in Adelaide.
The pair came together after Skinner slowed to make a late entry into pit lane, baulking Wilson who was on a flyer.
The rear of Wilson’s Ford stepped out under brakes, slamming hard into the right rear corner of the Ross Almond-owned Holden.
Both utes were extensively damaged and will not take part for the rest of the weekend, drivers were taken to the medical centre following the incident but were cleared of injury.
“I’m pretty sore but it’s probably my ego more than anything at this stage. I was trying to do the right thing but I was in the wrong spot and unfortunately I got us both in trouble, I was out of the lap and trying to let everyone past and get into the pits, I thought someone was next to me but I was just in the wrong spot at the time, it’s one of those things,” Skinner explained.
Wilson was devastated with the incident after just rebuilding his car from the Gold Coast race.
“He drove past the pit lane and then stopped to then try and cut across the track in front of me and I had nowhere to go and for the second time I was the innocent bystander in an incident,” an irate Wilson said.
Wilson’s ute snapped sideways nearing the end of the lap, slamming into the back of Skinner and bringing a close to the session with 42s remaining.
It was another crushing blow to Wilson who was lucky to escape from a huge accident at the Gold Coast 600 in October last year.
Nathan Pretty (Commodore) claimed pole position, posting a 1:35.5727s lap ahead of David Sieders (Falcon) with Rhys McNally (Commodore) third fastest.
“I’m looking forward to starting up the front. That is how it started last year,” Pretty said.
“I’m back with a vengeance that’s for sure.”
In the Aussie Racing Cars, Peter Carr came from second on the grid to score victory in the first of four races in his Toyota Aurion, beating poleman Trent Young and Adam Uebergang in the eight-lap encounter.
The Enzed Touring Car Masters had earlier seen John Bowe pull out a record lap to top practice.
Bowe flung his Mustang around the street course in 1:30.1037s, shading Jim Richards (Falcon Sprint) by almost a full second with Andrew Miedecke (Chevrolet Camaro) third fastest.
The Tasmanian Bowe had earlier clocked the fastest time in the opening session ahead of Miedecke with Eddie Abelnica (Falcon XB Coupe) third fastest.
Team BRM’s Simon Hodge (Mygale) cracked the fastest time in the second practice session for the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star, turning a 1:18.8165s lap.
John Magro was second fastest in a Dallara in 1:20.0586s ahead of Mygale driver Arrie Maree (1:20.2246s).
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