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Engine woes end brave Bathurst comeback

ANGUS Fogg’s brave Bathurst comeback has come to an early end.

The Kiwi returned to Mount Panorama for this weekend’s Touring Car Masters round despite a frightening crash last weekend in a Bathurst 12 Hour support race.

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That incident triggered a miraculous four-day rebuild that involved help from various members of the motorsport community.

Fogg finished a close second in Friday’s TCM Trophy race and fourth in Saturday morning’s first points race for the weekend.  

However, a rattle in the engine had troubled the car from opening practice and has resulted in Fogg’s withdrawal.

“Unfortunately, the piston has actually cracked and if we go any further it’s going to crack more and throw a rod out the side,” he said in a social media update.

“That’s not going to be in anyone’s bests interests, so we’ve decided to stop racing and, at this stage, pack up and bring the car home and regroup and make a plan from there.

“Hopefully we’ll get it going for Central Muscle Cars in Taupo (as a support to the Supercars event) and after that, who knows?”.

Thanking those who helped him back on track this weekend, Fogg noted that his spare engine is not with him in Australia as it’s currently undergoing a rebuild.

“It’s been a massive journey,” he said. “Coming over last year to do Sports Sedan stuff was magic.

“The poor old engine has had a good old hammering. It’s ready for a fresh one, we’ve got a fresh one nearly ready to go at home, so we’ll be right there.

“I need a bit of sleep, but we’ll watch the Kiwis in Supercars now and head home early next week and resume service.”

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