Supercar News | Drivers question tire packs after colossal Gold Coast crash


Supercar champion James Courtney and Bathurst 1000 winner Nick Percat have issued calls for on-track tire packages to be dropped after a costly pile-up at the Gold Coast 500.

The duo suffered a horrific crash on the fourth lap of Race 32 which took seven cars out of the race and involved more than half the field.

James Golding was the instigator of the accident when he escaped through the Beach Chicane and hit one of the tire packs at the last part of the seesaw.

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Percat was among those to help former teammate Macauley Jones, whose car caught fire after wreckage, putting out the burning Holden Commodore.

The 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner was the most concise in his assessment of the use of tire packs, which serve as a deterrent to aggressive curb use.

“I think in our day and age we’re a bit above the tire packs,” Percat said.

“Obviously [Golding has] lost the car a bit, but he shouldn’t pay the price like that because we use old garbage tires that are attached to the track.

“It’s disappointing that in our time we used a used tire from a dumpster and wrote off six cars.”

Courtney echoed that sentiment.

His car was heavily damaged but was repaired and returned to racing late in the play.

“It’s so disappointing,” said the 2010 champion.

“That’s why we as drivers are pushing so hard to get rid of the tire packs. I think that’s pretty much what caused all of this.

“I don’t know what happened in front, but there were only cars blocking the track. I tried to stop. I wasn’t too bad with the first initial impact, but I was just cleaned from behind.

“It’s hugely disappointing. These guys had an incredible workload in the last few laps. Then for that to happen is hugely disappointing.”

Courtney wasn’t the only Tickford Racing car damaged by the cop in the incident.

His teammate Thomas Randle was the first on the scene. The rogue tire pack grabbed his front bumper and rammed it against the exterior wall.

The damage to his car would persist and eventually put him out of the race later on.

It was yet another major accident bill for Tickford Racing, which had just rebuilt the Courtney and Randle cars after incidents in the opening laps of the Bathurst 1000.

For team principal Tim Edwards, it was a bitter pill to swallow.

“I don’t even know how to comment,” he said.

“Two cars is a huge amount of damage to the [Courtney] auto. Unbelievable. Just getting caught up in someone else’s accident. Very disappointing for the team.”

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