Judicial footage details Davies, Caruso tangle
- By Stefan Bartholomaeus
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Judicial footage has shed more light on the clash between Nissan drivers Shae Davies and Michael Caruso that changed the face of Race 10 at Winton.
Not clearly captured by television, the incident triggered a Safety Car that left leader Jamie Whincup vulnerable to attack from eventual winner Shane van Gisbergen.
The freshly released footage at the top of this story shows Davies lunging to the inside of 20th placed Caruso at Turn 12 on lap 50.
Contact between the Altimas is seen to break Caruso's steering, sending the factory driver into the outside wall.
While an enraged Caruso waited on track to gesticulate at Davies after exiting his stricken car under the Safety Car, no penalty was issued to either driver.
The investigation into the incident was summarised in Sunday night's stewards bulletin as follows:
“The DRD conducted an investigation into an Incident at Turn 12 on Lap 50 involving contact between Car #26, Shae Davies, and Car #23, Michael Caruso, alleged to have resulted from Careless Driving by Car #26 in breach of the Driving Code of Conduct (Schedule B2 Article 2).
“As a result of the contact, Car #23 left the track and did not finish the Race due to damage sustained after a collision with a tyre barrier.
“The DRD determined that Car #26 was not predominantly to blame for the Incident and that interlocking wheels of the two Cars caused Car #23’s steering to break.”