Rolling start for Supercars Race 6 after Mustang fires

Supercars Race 6 will have a rolling start. Picture: Ross Gibb Photography

Supercars Race 6 will have a rolling start. Picture: Ross Gibb Photography

Supercars will implement a rolling start for today’s Race 6 at Albert Park after two fires for Ford Mustangs in as many days.

Nick Percat’s Walkinshaw Andretti United entry caught fire on Lap 1 of Friday’s Race 4 of the season at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint before a similar but larger blaze in James Courtney’s Tickford Racing car on the first lap of Race 5.

The decision follows an emergency meeting of the Gen3 Technical Working Group last night, after conjecture in the paddock about what the cause of the issue might be.

Supercars has used rolling starts at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in the past, but when the event was not one which paid championship points.

The reason for the change is as yet unconfirmed.

Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Broc Feeney put his Chevrolet Camaro on pole position for Race 6, which starts at 10:25 local time/AEST.

UPDATE: Statement from Supercars

Following yesterday’s race at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint, Supercars convened its Gen3 technical working group and consulted with key stakeholders, including Motorsport Australia and the Supercars Team officials and owners.  Following those discussions, Supercars has now put in place a risk mitigation plan for today’s race.

As part of the plan, Supercars has determined that today’s race will commence under safety car with all cars to begin in single-file formation.

As always, the safety of our drivers, team personnel and marshals is paramount to Supercars.

In consultation with the Supercars Commission, Supercars and the Gen3 technical working group will conduct a further review into this weekend’s incidents over the coming weeks and in advance of the Perth SuperSprint.

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