Michael Caruso sits on negative four V8 Supercars Championship points after a penalty for spinning David Reynolds in Race 2 at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
The Nissan driver had been attempting to pass Mark Winterbottom at the Turn 9 hairpin on lap 16 of 39 when he overshot the corner and tagged Reynolds’ Ford.
Reynolds lost eight places while team-mate Winterbottom dropped three positions, angering Prodrive boss Tim Edwards.
Caruso however ended up fairing worst of all as left-front damage resulted in a punctured tyre and heavy contact with the Turn 8 wall on the following lap.
Although the team is confident of having the car ready for Sunday’s action, Caruso was apologetic over his first accident at the infamous corner.
“It’s obviously very disappointing to end the race with a damaged car,” said Caruso.
“The crew doesn’t deserve to have to fix it, so I’m really sorry for them.
“You don’t have small accidents at Turn 8. That was my very first crash there and I hope it’s my last. It was a big one.
“I’m feeling ok, but it’s a shame I can’t say the same for the car.”
The Race 2 drama followed a difficult opening encounter that saw Caruso run as high as fourth before a puncture led to a 21st place finish.