Nissan to miss last session

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 08/10/2015
  • By Bruce Newton

The Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima will miss today's final practice session at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after David Russell's wall-banger at the Cutting.

But the team is confident the car Russell shares with regular driver Rick Kelly will be right to return to the track for Friday's opening session.

Russell lost the rear-end of the car as he turned into the concrete-lined curve with 20 minutes to go in the co-driver session, slewing the rear-end of the Nissan into the wall.

The right rear corner of the Altima was badly damaged, with panels in need of replacement and the rail extension bent. However, the roll-cage appears to have escaped damage.

Russell explained he was in the midst of development run as the team sought to dial the Altima's suspension into the Mount Panorama circuit.

He had run off at the exit of the Chase only minutes earlier.

"We were in the development phase just trying to set up the race car and to be honest everything was going quite well," Russell told v8supercars.com.au.

"We did a full change on some suspension components where we thought we would try another angle. The car felt reasonably good, although up over the top we had quite a bit of oversteer so I was just trying to feel where things were at.

"I was just phasing up to the Cutting and I don't think I did too much different to some of the other laps. It took a little bit to go into third and second (gear) and when you are going through there at that sort of pace it doesn't take much.

"We had a bit of rear locking and we were moving around and that's ultimately what happened. I just locked the rears and around I went."

Nissan Motorsport team manager Scott Sinclair confirmed the damage was enough to put the team out of the final practice session of the day.

"That's it for the day but it will be good for tomorrow morning. The boys should have it fixed by 10pm tonight.

"There is a lot of panels (damaged) but the driveline is nothing too outrageous.

"We will pull it back, all the bolt-on stuff, but I don't think there is anything wrong with the cage."

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