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Grove Racing reveals Bathurst crash repair bill

A HEAVY crash in the recent Repco Bathurst 1000 has set Grove Racing back more than $150,000, its team principal David Cauchi has revealed.

David Reynolds’ co-driver Matt Campbell was aboard the #26 Penrite Mustang when he innocently became collateral damage of a Zane Goddard mistake at The Chase on Lap 5 of 161.

Grove Racing quickly committed to repairing the Todd Kelly-owned Supercar in time for the Gold Coast 500 on October 28-30.

Cauchi assured that the car will be ready to rumble, despite sustaining engine and chassis rail damage.

He noted the team’s bank balance had been affected, however.

“It’s been quite an expensive incident,” said Cauchi.

“I think we’re talking in the range of $150,000-plus to get everything back to race ready but that’s motor racing.

“Unfortunately when you go racing, sometimes you crash.”

Elaborating on the engine damage, he said: “The radiator got fairly heavily wrapped around the engine; I’ve never seen myself one that badly wrapped around an engine.

“So the front of the engine, the water pump, alternator, all the water system around that, all those systems were quite badly damaged, so that’s gone back, they’ve all been replaced.”

Goddard was fined $10,000 for causing the incident, half of which was suspended until the end of next year.

Crash damage has forced Goddard’s primary driver James Courtney of Tickford Racing into a car swap for the Gold Coast.

The other entry involved in the skirmish, Brad Jones Racing’s #8 ZB Commodore (Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood), is being repaired pre-Gold Coast.

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