V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 - practice
Probably the most interesting event in every V8 Supercars season is the Bathurst 1000 race. The legendary Australian track has been home to some of the best track battles on this continent since 1938 and still is the drivers’ and crowd’s favourite. With its combination of fast straights and corners, sharp curves, chicanes and elevation changes, Bathurst is a very difficult and dangerous place to race. But winning at Bathurst is one of the top honors for every racing driver.
This year, the V8 Supercars series has gone to Bathurst for the tenth event of the 2015 season. Since the track is difficult, long (6,2 kilometers) and dangerous, the organizers had scheduled 5 different practice sessions on Thursday and Friday. The idea is that all drivers, even the experienced ones, know the track well in order to deliver their best performances this weekend.
The first practice session was won by Chaz Mostert, Ford’s young gun, who is currently second in the driver’s championship. The second practice session which was for co-drivers only, was won by Warren Luff from Holden Racing Team. The third was dominated by Fabian Coulthard who had a 2-second better time than Mostert and Luff and his result was 2:05 minutes. The fourth practice session, again for co-drivers only, was won by Cameron Waters in Ford and on fifth, which was for all drivers. Jamie Whincup, last year’s champion and Holden driver had the best time.
However, on Saturday morning (Friday night in Europe) during the first qualifying session, a big accident happened when Chaz Mostert crashed his blue Ford Falcon after what looks to be mechanical failure. The Pepsi Max Crew driver was just completing his first lap of qualifying when he clipped the wall with the front left of his car, sending the right hand side of his car into the opposite wall.
His crash was very serious and since his car slid on the wall, he injured 7 track officials as well as himself. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt but Mostert was airlifted to a hospital with a broken leg and a wrist. The incident ripped doors, wheels and other panels off the Pepsi Max Crew Falcon, which now appears to be a complete write-off, and also damaged the concrete wall around part of the track. Here is the video of the crash:
The latest reports on his condition reveal that he is going to be fine but since his right leg and wrist are broken, he will not be able to race, maybe even for the rest of the season. This is unfortunate for the young driver who is currently at second place in the championship.
Mostert was aware of this so after he was lifted to the hospital he said to his team: “sorry guys that I crashed’ and make sure Frosty gets pole”. “Frosty” is his teammate Mark Winterbottom who is currently at the top spot in the driver’s championship. Stay tuned for more information since the qualifying sessions will be moved as the track gets repaired.