Courtney becomes Cutting’s latest victim

James Courtney’s Mustang facing the wrong way at The Cutting

Tickford Racing driver James Courtney has taken full responsibility for a costly crash at the Repco Mount Panorama 500.

Courtney found trouble at The Cutting – the same corner that ended Anton De Pasquale’s race yesterday – and sustained considerable rear-end damage as he half-spun into the wall.

The 2010 champion managed to limp back to the pits, where his bruised #44 Boost Mobile Mustang remains.

He had been running 17th at the time, having just made his first pit stop – before which he’d been eighth.

“We were in the train and the front-tyre temp is crazy and understeering so we’re tuning the bars for understeer,” said Courtney.

“[It was all] on my own and the balance shifted completely and yeah just caught myself out up in The Cutting.

“I’d like to blame someone else but it was me.”

Courtney’s Tickford team-mate Cameron Waters holds second place behind Shane van Gisbergen, with Jack Le Brocq in 17th.

The 40-year-old finished Race 1 yesterday in eighth.

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