UPDATE: James Courtney and Cameron Waters have played down a spectacular incident during Race 10 at Winton today, resulting in the Monster Falcon flying off track.
Courtney was investigated for this incident, and another early run-in with Lee Holdsworth, and both were cleared with no breach of the rules for the HRT driver.
The drivers were fighting for 12th position, when Waters appeared to run the Holden Racing Team Commodore wide on lap 17 of 40. Courtney wouldn’t back out of the fight and made contact before the #6 speared off the circuit.
Waters, who finished the race 16th, was calm about the contact post-race when speaking to supercars.com.
“It doesn’t really worry me, it’s happened now, we’ve just got to make the car faster so we’re not in the pack,” Waters said.
“We were side by side at four he kind of touched me up a little bit as expected, we actually kind of banged wheels which was all good.
“My thing understeered and then I ran him off the track a little bit, nothing massive. And then he was going into five and my mirror was folded, I couldn’t see if he was beside me. I didn’t expect him to be there so I half committed but gave him a bit of room and the rest … so whatever, that’s racing.”
Courtney also missed out on a top 10 finish, home 19th after qualifying eighth.
“When we got to whatever the sweeper is he just came across like I wasn’t there, so disappointing,” Courtney told supercars.com.
“Wherever we were running – eighth or whatever – is probably where we’re running.”