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Golding cleared of broken wrist

SCANS have cleared James Golding of a broken wrist following his monster crash at the Gold Coast 500.

Golding came unstuck through the beach chicane in the early stages of the Sunday race and was barrelled into by several cars.

Such was the impact that his ZB Commodore may not be repairable for the season-ending Adelaide 500 in December, PremiAir Racing already devising its back-up plan.

Golding walked away from the crash but was sporting strapping to his left wrist post-race.

His team has this morning confirmed a CT scan has diagnosed a “bad sprain” but no breaks.

“The steering wheel obviously got a fair shock and I still had my hands on it so it’s pretty sore,” Golding told V8 Sleuth on Sunday evening.

“Once I knew they (the following cars) were coming for me, I was just trying to brace myself in the best way to not cop any injuries.

“I think the steering wheel injury to my wrist was done before the actual (pile-up) or maybe by the first car (that hit me) and then after that it all happened pretty quick.”

James Golding. Pic: PremiAir Racing

The 26-year-old admitted it was “pretty scary” to be in the firing line of oncoming traffic. Nick Percat revealed on Sunday he had to steer his car away from Golding’s driver-side door to protect his peer.

Golding, who has a mechanical background from his time at Garry Rogers Motorsport, has vowed to get on the tools to help his crew in the lead-up to Adelaide.

“I’ll be helping the boys out fix the car and get it ready for the next one, that’s for sure.”

Beyond that, he’s trying not to let one mistake sour what has otherwise been an impressive return to the full-time Supercars scene.

“We’ve been moving forward every time we hit the track so we have got to deal with it, put it behind us and keep trying to improve,” he said.

“Everyone has been a great support so really appreciative of the team and everyone trying to keep my head up and just refocus and go again at Adelaide.”

Golding has now completed six rounds with PremiAir, having replaced Garry Jacobson after the Darwin Triple Crown.

A contract extension is expected to be announced in the coming weeks to see Golding line up alongside new teammate Tim Slade in 2023.

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