BJR facing overnight rebuild after Pither accident

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 02/12/2021
  • By James Pavey

Chris Pither became the first major casualty of the Repco Bathurst 1000 following an accident in Practice 2.

Brad Jones Racing is facing an overnight rebuild after Pither found the Forrest’s Elbow wall in the closing minutes of the first co-drivers session.

The session, which was topped by Lee Holdsworth, ended early following the accident.

Pither, behind the wheel of the Macauley Jones #96 Coca-Cola Commodore, clipped the inside wall.

The car was pitched into the outside wall, with three of four corners sustaining damage.

It came after Jones was forced to park the car exiting the Cutting early in Practice 1.

With Jones behind the wheel, the car haemorrhaged smoke due to suspected power steering problems.

The car returned to the session, but sustained damage later in the afternoon due to Pither’s accident.

The team is already working on the car, which appears to have avoided serious rail damage.

"I haven’t spoken to Chris but he seems to be talking okay,” said team owner Brad Jones after the accident.

"It wasn’t that big a hit but it’s done a reasonable amount of damage, so we’ll just get the car back.

"It’s unfortunate, he just clipped the wall on the inside which threw him into the wall on the outside.

“We just need to get it back, have a look at how bad the rail damage is on it, and hopefully we can fix it up and get it going for tomorrow."

Supercars will return to the track on Friday for Practice 3 at 10:40am AEDT. Click here to view the track schedule.

Every session of the event will be broadcast live on Foxtel (Fox Sports 503) and streamed on Kayo.

The Seven Network will provide live free to air coverage of the event. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

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