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Drivers back Full Course Yellow after Gold Coast test

DRIVERS have praised the procedure test of a Full Course Yellow system on the Gold Coast and welcomed its impending implementation.

The Camaro of Jack Le Brocq and Mustangs of Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters were used for an initial pre-practice run, before full-field trials were scheduled for directly after both 30-minute sessions today.

EXPLAINED: The Full Course Yellow trial

The first was scrapped after kerb damage caused an early end to Practice 1, but the post-Practice 2 test was dubbed a success by both Le Brocq and Mostert.

“It was actually pretty decent, I did the morning one as well and across both of them it seemed to work pretty well,” said Le Brocq, who finished the day in third.

“It was easy enough to turn it on and off. Obviously it will be nicer when it’s on the steering wheel eventually, when they adapt that, but other than that I think it probably served its purpose.”

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Mostert had similar feedback about the effectiveness of the system, which will again be trialled next month in Adelaide before a planned full-blown introduction in 2024.

The two-time Bathurst 1000 winner was even more vocal about the need for such measures on safety grounds, referencing a frightening passage where cars sped by Le Brocq in his crashed Camaro at Albert Park earlier this year despite being under Safety Car conditions.

“If we go back to the start of the year (with Le Brocq at Albert Park) where we have got cars passing a car in the fence at 200km/h,” said Mostert.

“It’s all about being safer and I feel like other categories around the world have already implemented that.

Chaz Mostert. Pic: Walkinshaw Andretti United

“I came from the Spa 24 Hour with a very similar system there through day and night and it was pretty flawless, except there was probably a little bit less clearer rules under what that 15 seconds racing kind of does.

“There was a massive crash at Spa but it was because one driver was trying to take advantage of the 15-second countdown to pass another car.

“So as long as there is clarity around that and what we’re supposed to do as a Full Course Yellow comes up…

“We’ll all learn to get around it but obviously for a safety thing, we don’t want to be doing what we were doing at Grand Prix because one little slip up and we might not all be here.”

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