James Courtney has been left ruing a horror weekend at Winton after clashing with rival Ford drivers across both days at the Holden Racing Team’s test track.
Yesterday Courtney was investigated for his role in an incident with Cameron Waters, but today it was Chaz Mostert who ploughed into him on lap 22 of the race at turn 10.
The hit damaged the passenger side of the Holden Commodore, damaged the suspension and saw Courtney finish 14 laps off the lead after the team worked to get the #22 back on track.
Mostert wasn’t penalised for the incident but also steered into the pit lane with a puncture and finished 20th.
While Mostert said the impact wasn’t that bad from the driver’s seat, the Supercheap Falcon had two wheels off the ground in the collision.
“[Yesterday] we had dramas in the race with Cam Waters. Then today it was his teammate Mostert,” Courtney said.
“I gave him some room and I think he locked the rears and hit me pretty bad. I could actually see under the car, that’s how high it went.
“So it wasn’t the best of weekends, we were out of the race from then on and I just cruised around to finish… both cars [were] really struggling for pace all weekend.”
Mostert said he was “gutted” after the result, particularly given he started on ARMOR ALL Pole Position.
“It was pretty light in the car until we clipped wheels and then it jolted the car,” the Supercheap Auto racer said of the impact.
“So it’s just one of those things, I guess – I don’t go into too much detail, it’s one of those things sometimes you get past someone easy, sometimes you can’t at the end of the day.”
Fortunately for the 23-year old he was able to keep racing after the tyre change.
“I don’t know 100 per cent [if there was more damage than the puncture],” Mostert said.
“The car felt pretty good after – we’ll go through it, maybe there’s something a little bit wrong with it but it was still straight enough to get around some cars.”