Shell V-Power Racing driver Scott McLaughlin has explained his weekend-ending ARMOR ALL Qualifying accident on Sunday morning at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
McLaughlin’s Mustang spectacularly ended up on its side near the entry to Turn 4 after walloping the concrete wall upon exiting the first chicane.
The 26-year-old emerged unscathed but the same could not be said of his car, which copped such damage that it will not be able to contest this afternoon’s 300km race.
“My motherhood is hurting. And my heart. But that's it,” McLaughlin said on the Fox Sports broadcast.
“I'm just terribly sorry for everyone at the team. They gave me a great car.
“We tried to do a Shootout lap there, just practicing for the Shootout, and I just clipped the wall, the concrete there.
“I've done it all weekend, but I clipped it further around the corner.
“It surprised me. When it hit, by the time I was on my side, I was like jeez... it all happened real quick.
“I've give myself a clip around the ear.”
McLaughlin, who thanked championship rival Shane van Gisbergen for stopping on-track to check on him, admitted more concerns quickly shot to mind as his car laid on its side.
“I was more worried about people hitting my roof,” he said.
“Then I saw the fluid and I thought 'I don't know what that is, so I better get out'.”
McLaughlin will now have to wait until the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 next month to seal the championship, unless van Gisbergen fails to finish today’s race.