Garry Jacobson has been fined $1,000 by stewards, after admitting fault in a clash with Lee Holdsworth during the opening session of the 2020 season.
The Thursday afternoon running at the Superloop Adelaide 500 ended two minutes early with the #35 Matt Stone Holden and #5 Truck Assist Ford stranded at Turn 4.
Holdsworth had collected the right-rear of a slow-moving Jacobson exiting the high-speed Turn 1-2-3 chicane, damaging both cars.
Jacobson was fined $1,000 after admitting to a breach of Article 3.11 of Schedule B2 (driving unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner potentially dangerous to other drivers).
“When you’re in the wrong you’re in the wrong, I’ll wear it,” said Jacobson, who switched to MSR this season following a rookie year at Kelly Racing.
“I was going too slow. I had a green set of tyres on, was doing brake temp.
“When I was going up the hill from Turn 3 to 4 I thought I’ll stay to the right, he’ll go left.
“I saw him struggling in the mirrors and I think it was just a clumsy error on my behalf.
“I’m sorry to Tickford and to the boys. When it’s your fault, it is your fault.”
Holdsworth gave a similar account of the clash, explaining: “We just went out on greens, we’d tuned the car up and were getting somewhere.
“I came through turn 1-2-3 fully committed, had the lights on and saw Jacobson up the road.
“I just assumed he would get out of the way but he sat on the racing line.
“I went to go left, he went left, so then I went right and he went right.
“It’s one of those things. It’s a bit annoying at this stage of the weekend.
“He straight away said sorry, he stuffed up. We’ll move on.”
With red flags preventing any further running, Holdsworth ended the session 12th and Jacobson 18th.