Jones admits fault

  • 09/10/2015
  • By Samantha McLaughlin
  • Dunlop Super2 Series

Andrew Jones had admitted a driver error while vying for ARMOR ALL Pole Position caused his nasty crash in qualifying this afternoon at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Jones' qualifying effort ended prematurely when the Alliance Commodore was sent straight into the tyre bundles at the esses as the Brad Jones Racing pilot was clocking a flying lap.

His Holden suffered heavy front-end damage as a result of the impact; with Jones admitting the accident was caused by driver error as he pushed for pole position.

"Totally my fault," Jones told on the crash.

"The mistake came off the back of that I wanted to get pole.

"We all want to get pole, and like always, it takes a lot of commitment to do that around this place.

"I got a good amount of limiter on the run to the edge of Skyline, but as I braked and turned the car, the rear stepped out.

"You do get very light over there [in the rear] at Skyline and I was late and I was deep. So it was driver error unfortunately."

Jones was running inside the top three at the time of the crash. His fastest lap set before the accident was enough for Jones to ultimately qualify third for tomorrow's mini-enduro.

Despite today's set-back, the 35-year-old - who spearheads Brad Jones Racing's Dunlop Series program - is confident he'll be on the grid and competitive during the 250 kilometre haul, kicking off at 2.00pm.

"Thankfully, if there's a good part in this, it is that I ran into a tyre bundle," he said.

"It's taken a hit, but it hasn't done a lot of structural damage.

"A little bit on the front engine is our problem at the moment, but I've spoken to the engine guys and they think they can get it fixed.

"I'm the eternal optimist and I think we'll be running tomorrow.

"We start 10th and we have plenty of pace, so I think we're still a good chance for a podium."

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