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Brake failure leads to mega Supercars shunt at Albert Park

Wheels Magazine logo Wheels Magazine 24/03/2017 Cameron Kirby
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THERE have been shocking scenes in Albert Park, with Nick Percat and Lee Holdsworth being involved in a scary crash.

The incident took place late in the first Supercars race of the weekend at the Grand Prix circuit.

Percat pitched his car to the inside of the track at the end of the main straight with what appeared to be a brake failure. He then crossed the track at the first chicane backwards, spearing an unawares Lee Holdsworth.

Despite the large impact occurring at an estimated speed of 250km/h, both drivers walked away from the crash.

The incident was reminiscent of James Courtney and Alex Premat’s crash at Phillip Island in 2013, where Courtney suffered a fracture to his tibia, and a tear in the quad muscle.

Percat’s ‘Support Equality’ Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore collected the rear driver’s side of Holdsworth, sending the Charlie Schwerkolt Racing car spinning.

A safety car was called, and the final laps were completed under safety car conditions. Scott McLaughlin was the winner of the non-championship race, the first victory of DJR Team Penske in the Supercars championship.

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