Wood calls for spotter after Safety Car smash

Dale Wood calls for spotter after being caught out

Dale Wood calls for spotter after being caught out

Dale Wood has attributed his sizeable McPhillamy Park shunt with team-mate Andrew Jones to the lack of a mountain spotter.

The heavy shunt was triggered when Luke Youlden struck a kangaroo in Fabian Coulthard’s #14 Brad Jones Racing Commodore, bringing out the Safety Car on lap 44.

Wood had not long glanced the wall at Griffin’s Bend in the #21 BJR Commodore before arriving at full tilt into the back of Jones in the run to McPhillamy Park.

A dejected Wood explained that he arrived at the blind corner with little warning of what was ahead of him.

“It was just a tough situation, you know, maybe a bit of a communication thing,” Wood explained.

“We came over the top, still obviously at a pace trying to form back up in the train, and then you come over that crest there and everyone’s trying to pull up.

“You’ve got a car park, you’ve got people darting all over the road, and I couldn’t stop it.

“Unfortunately as it is I ran into the back of my team-mate, which is the last thing you want.”

When asked what could have been done to prevent the situation, the 2013 Development Series champion revealed that the team had not employed a spotter at the top of the mountain, a practice which is commonplace as a means of proactively identifying Safety Car interruptions and potential hazards.

“I think we need a spotter up on top, that’s about it.”

Car #21 became the first retirement of the race proper after the Holden Racing Team’s car #2 was withdrawn yesterday.

Jones was able to return to pit lane for primary driver Jason Bright to resume racing, albeit several laps down.

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