Bright’s 20th Bathurst over

  • 09/10/2016
  • By Bruce Newton
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Brad Jones Racing’s horror day has continued with Andrew Jones smashing the BOC Commodore into the wall at the top of the mountain.

Jones walked away from the lap 92 accident, but it was a dreadful way for the car’s regular pilot Jason Bright to end his 20th Bathurst 1000 outing.

The car was already out of contention as it had previously dropped a lap because of a gear position sensor failure.

"We didn’t really know (what happened), disappointing,” said Bright.

“The good thing was Andy got out, that was the main thing … we’ll fight on at the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks.”

Out of the medical centre, Jones said he was a bit sore on the right side of his back. 

"Hopefully it's just bruising, it's a reasonable hit going fairly fast over the top of the hill," Jones said. 

"The g (force) read was over 25g … thankfully the car’s very safe.

"I wasn’t trying to set a lap record or anything, I … couldn’t load the car and as I turned over the top of the hill turned the steering wheel left and it didn’t feel like it went left at all."

He suggested the team may need to utilise a Dunlop Series car for the Gold Coast, in less than a fortnight. 

Meanwhile, BJR’s Freightliner Holden of Tim Slade and Ash Walsh had dropped from winning contention to be two laps off the pace after a fire during a brake pad change.

The silver lining for BJR was that the safety car – the first of the race – would help the Freightliner Commodore back into contention.

The safety car also erased the 38 sec lead of the Red Bull Holden Commodore VF of Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell, with the second team car of Shane van Gisbergen/Alex Premat on its tail at the restart.

Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden are third in the DJR Team Penske Falcon. The Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen Supercheap Falcon has dropped back with a series of issues.

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