The Wilson Security Sandown 500 has been suspended after a huge crash by young rookie James Golding on the opening lap.
The Volvo co-driver started the race from fourth on the grid and appeared to have a right front puncture. The Volvo slammed into the fence at approximately 145km/hour and the young racer walked away from the accident.
It appeared damage on Jack Perkins’ Holden Racing Team Commodore tapped the front of the Volvo.
Golding is back in the GRM garage and says he was "just trying to stay alive".
"I'm really lucky to still be here," Golding said on the coverage.
"It's really disappointing for the team...
"The front right tyre starting losing pressure on the back straight. As soon as I hit brakes it locked straight away. I was virtually a passenger from there … really disappointed, we’ll move on to Bathurst."
Golding was unsure of all the details of the incident.
"It was really sudden it happened that quick you couldn’t really think before it happened. Had a bit of headspin but that stopped and I felt ok."
Primary driver James Moffat was disappointed to see his entry out early on but was relieved Golding was ok.
“Looked like he was in the middle going into turn one, a little bit of contact – I’m just happy he’s out and looks ok because that was a pretty nasty shunt. As long as he’s ok that’s the main thing,” Moffat said.
Team boss Garry Rogers was philosophical as always after the crash.
“He thought it [the tyre] was fine, we were uncertain but he said it felt ok,” Rogers said.
“It could’ve well been the tyre was deflating. We’ll get the evidence and make sure we’re right but – well, what’s done is done.
“The fact is what we do has an element of this sort of thing happening, get on with it, fix it and get to the next race meeting and do a better job.”
The race will resume once the barriers are repaired at turn seven.
The Supercars are lined up in pit lane and can be repaired under the red flag conditions.