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Enormous pile-up red flags Gold Coast finale

A HUGE pile-up has halted the Sunday race at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

A number of cars were caught up in the Lap 4 incident, with several cars severely damaged and Macauley Jones’ ZB Commodore catching fire. All drivers walked away from the crash scene.

James Golding appeared to trigger the dramatic scenes, coming unstuck at the beach chicane and being collected by several more drivers.

Among others to sustain heavy damage were Jones, Lee Holdsworth, Nick Percat, Broc Feeney, Thomas Randle, Todd Hazelwood and James Courtney.

Golding’s PremiAir Racing team boss Matt Cook was thankful his driver was uninjured.

“He’s okay, that’s the main thing. He’s out of the car with no injuries. We can always fix the car later and move on for the next one,” he said.

“We’ve gone from the highest of highs, such a great result for our small little team, but unfortunately the nature of this street circuit, that’s what happens sometimes.”

Amid the carnage, Percat, Golding and Feeney showed urgency to source fire extinguishers to put out the ablaze #96 of Jones.

“I’m okay. It was a pretty big impact and then the fire extinguisher going off isn’t a good sign,” said Jones.

“We were all pretty line astern, it was a pretty big train actually and then they all just started slowing down.

“I saw brake lights, that was pretty much all I could see, the back of Nick, and they all grabbed on the brakes in that last chicane and I pretty much did the same.

“We were both left with nowhere to go and Golding was just sitting there. Nick hit him and I hit Nick up the arse.”

The first driver involved to share his reaction had been Courtney, who was able to drive his badly battered Snowy River Mustang back to the pits.

“That’s why we as drivers lobby so hard to get rid of tyre bundles, because that’s pretty much what caused it all,” said Courtney.

“I’m not sure what happened in front but there were just cars blocking the track.

“I tried to stop, the initial impact wasn’t too bad but then I got cleaned up from the rear.”

The crash comes at a shockingly poor time, with just one round remaining for the current generation Supercars and as teams need to shift attention towards Gen3.

“The reality is that we’re not head down in Gen3 cars because were flat-out keeping these cars on the track,” said Tickford CEO Tim Edwards.

“It’s taken a huge toll on the team. There’s a financial cost but the cost is on the staff.

“They’ve been working 18, 20-hour days to get the car built from Bathurst.”

Once the race resumes, it will be Shell V-Power Racing Team veteran Will Davison in the lead, having got the better of pole-sitter Shane van Gisbergen from the first chicane.

Behind those two, the order runs: Chaz Mostert, Cam Waters, Brodie Kostecki, David Reynolds, Scott Pye, Anton De Pasquale, Mark Winterbottom and Will Brown in 10th.

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