Golding apologises for causing multi-car wreck

James Golding in the middle of the Lap 4 crash. Pic: Fox Sports

PREMIAIR Racing’s James Golding has expressed disappointment at being the cause of a huge crash at the Gold Coast 500.

Golding tripped over a tyre bundle at the beach chicane on Lap 4 and was subsequently collected by a stack of cars.

In total, eight drivers failed to restart the race after a red flag stoppage, although Tickford Racing duo James Courtney and Thomas Randle eventually made it back out on track.

“I’m all good. Really unfortunate, disappointed for the team,” a shattered Golding said after a visit to the medical centre.

“It was my mistake, human error. I got too high on the kerb and then when I came out of it, it was too late to recover.

“Really disappointed and sorry for all of the other teams and drivers that were involved. Disappointed but have got to move on.”

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Golding had been among the drivers to bravely lead the extinguishing of flames that had engulfed Macauley Jones’ #96 Brad Jones Racing Holden.

“Once I had sort of gathered my breath and realised what was going on, I tried to help those guys out as much as possible,” he said.

“Once again just disappointing to see all of the damaged cars. You never want to see that sort of stuff.”

Golding is expected to be announced on a new PremiAir Racing deal in the coming weeks.

Tim Slade has already been confirmed to replace Chris Pither in the sister car for 2023.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.