Race 3 crash investigation ongoing

  • 11/04/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

More drivers could face penalties for their roles in the 12-car pile-up that took place on Saturday at Symmons Plains.

Supercars.com can reveal that an investigation into the crash remains open and will resume at Phillip Island ahead of the April 21-23 race meeting.

Of an almost unprecedented scale, the crash left Will Davison with a suspected fractured vertebra and ruled four cars out for the remainder of the weekend.

An initial investigation took place at Symmons Plains, where officials reviewed footage and interviewed Fabian Coulthard, Rick Kelly and Tim Slade over their contact at Turn 3.

Coulthard was deemed to have committed a ‘reckless driving’ offence in his contact with Kelly and was subsequently docked 35 points.

As previously outlined, Coulthard was not held responsible for the carnage that ensued afterwards that wiped out almost half the field.

Time constraints prevented interviews with further drivers at Symmons Plains, which will now take place at Phillip Island.

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Officials will also review two other matters ahead of the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 that were left-over from Sunday’s Race 4.

Further evidence was required before a verdict could be handed down on contact between Craig Lowndes and Cameron Waters as they battled for fourth place.

Waters lost the position when he appeared to be tagged by Lowndes at Turn 6, although the Holden driver denied that any contact took place.

An incident between Nick Percat and Todd Kelly at the Turn 4 hairpin that was not captured on the television broadcast will also be reviewed at Phillip Island.

Stewards on Sunday night declared that no penalties would be awarded for other Race 4 clashes involving Alex Rullo/Jason Bright, Shane van Gisbergen/Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye/Mark Winterbottom.

Bright had spun following contact with fellow slick-shod driver Rullo at Turn 2 in the early stages, while both bouts of contact involving Winterbottom took place at the notorious Turn 4.

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