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Courtney's Supercars 'kick in the face'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/05/2017 Matt Coughlan

James Courtney says his final-lap exit at the Winton Supercars is another kick in the face amid a torrid period for his Walkinshaw Racing team.

The former series champion failed to finish Saturday's race after making contact with Nick Percat in the closing stages.

The Supercars round in northeast Victoria is Walkinshaw's first since sacking team manager Adrian Burgess.

And the first race couldn't have gone worse for Courtney who was gutted by the result.

"We've had a hell of a time here with everything going on and to have that, it's just another kick in the face," Courtney told Fox Sports.

Earlier, the 36-year-old dropped back to last after an opening-lap collision with James Moffat.

However, he recovered to push Percat for 10th in the final stages but disaster struck on the last lap when the two cars made contact, sending Courtney into the gravel.

"We got up to Nick and got past him, then he lunged again and then he was blocking like crazy," Courtney said.

"Last lap, I got really good turn, got up the inside of him and then I ended up spinning off."

Courtney's failure to finish drops him to 19th on the Supercars leaderboard ahead of Sunday's 67-lap second race at Winton.

He said his Holden felt different on Saturday to how it had all year.

"There were some good and bad points to that," Courtney said.

"We'll trawl through that tonight and see if that turns into a qualifying car for tomorrow."

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