Waters, Payne Fords repaired after AGP crash

24 Mar
All 24 Supercars are set to take the grid for Sunday's finale at Albert Park
  • Cam Waters, Matt Payne Fords repaired after crash

  • Waters and Payne collided disputing Race 5 lead on Saturday

  • Tickford had only debuted new Waters car this weekend

All 24 Supercars are set to take the grid for Sunday's finale at Albert Park, with the Cam Waters and Matt Payne Fords repaired overnight.

Pole-sitter Payne fought back past Waters, who hit the rear of the Penrite Ford at the penultimate corner.

Payne moved across to the racing line and connected with Waters, who hit the wall. Payne, meanwhile, suffered an immediate puncture, spun, and crashed rearwards into the barriers.

Both cars were out on the spot, but stewards opted to take no further action.

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It marked the first DNF in Payne's Supercars career, dropping the Kiwi from fourth to seventh in the points. Waters, meanwhile, plummeted to 19th overall and is already 307 points from the championship lead.

The two cars have since been repaired, but the battle will rage on into Sunday, with Payne and Waters to start second and third behind Race 6 pole-sitter Mostert.

It was a particularly jarring incident for Tickford Racing, which debuted a new car for Waters this weekend. While the Penrite Ford sustained rear bodywork and suspension damage, the Waters car sustained damage beyond the clips, with work continuing deep into the night.

Tickford crew members left the Albert Park paddock at 3:00am local time, with the team also repairing Thomas Randle's #55 Castrol Ford.

Randle's car sustained a broken gear rod, leaving the #55 Mustang stuck in third gear for the majority of the race.

The MSS Security Melbourne SuperSprint action will conclude on Sunday with Race 6, which starts at 10:25am, and will run for 14 laps or one lap after 10:53am.

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