Golding ‘just trying to stay alive’ in crash

Sunday 18th September, 2016 - 1:57pm

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Golding's Volvo comes to rest

Golding’s Volvo comes to rest

Supercars rookie James Golding says he felt lucky to be alive after a high-speed accident that triggered an early red flag in the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

The right-front tyre on Golding’s Volvo deflated at the end of the back straight on the opening lap, pitching the 20-year-old off the road and into the tyre barrier at approximately 150km/h.

Golding walked away from the accident, which triggered a Safety Car and eventually a red flag as extensive repair work began on the wall.

The puncture appeared to have been caused by minor Turn 1 contact between James Golding and Jack Perkins’ Holden Racing Team Commodore.

Monitoring the tyre pressures from the garage, engineer Manuel Sanchez had informed Golding of a potential tyre issue moments before the crash.

“That was a really big one,” said Golding after being given the all-clear at the medical centre.

“It’s the biggest I’ve ever had. I’m really lucky to still be here.

“I didn’t get the greatest start and then had to shuffle with a few people into Turn 1.

“I was heading up the back straight, braked as normal and then it was just red lights (lock-up lights on the dashboard), straight ahead and I was just trying to stay alive.

“It was really sudden. It happened so quickly you couldn’t think anything before it happened.

“I got a bit of head spins when I stopped but after that I sat down and it was all good

“I’m just really disappointed for all the team.

“This is the stuff you live for and to miss out on a big race like this is really unfortunate.”

Golding had earlier today taken a second career race win in the Dunlop Series, where he also competes for GRM.

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