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BEND CRASH TRIGGERS SUPERCARS SAFETY CHANGE

THE Repco Supercars Championship has mandated a standardised In Car Warning System for competitors in the wake of the shocking Thomas Randle/Andre Heimgartner startline shunt last month.

Randle stalled on the front row of the grid at the start of Race 22 at The Bend Motorsport Park, with an unsighted Heimgartner reaching reasonable speed before clattering into the Castrol Mustang.

Such was the damage sustained that both drivers have been forced to revert to spare chassis for the Sandown SuperSprint this weekend, while Heimgartner in particular was left rattled physically.

Supercars set about investigating differences between the way the warnings are displayed in various cars, and has now announced a change ahead of Sandown.

At the heart of the update is a mandated configuration which will ensure other warnings do not supersede the stalled car alarm.

Thomas Randle’s #55 Castrol Mustang. Pic: Supercars

“Following the incident at Tailem Bend involving Andre Heimgartner and Thomas Randle, the Supercars Commission has agreed to mandate a controlled configuration for the stalled car alarm as part of the In Car Warning System for this weekend’s Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint,” read a statement from Supercars.

“Representatives from Repco Supercars Championship teams discussed and agreed to mandate a dash configuration that ensures all drivers will receive a full in car warning, which will be sent directly to the dashboard and shift light modules.

“This will ensure other warning alarms already programmed for display on the dash do not receive priority during the start procedure.

“Previously, the displays controls were left to the teams discretion.

“The update to the In Car Warning System will be mandated for all events moving forward.”

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