HEIMGARTNER WRECKAGE A WRITE-OFF

The aftermath of the Tailem Bend startline incident. Pic: Supercars

BRAD Jones Racing has confirmed its crashed car from The Bend SuperSprint will never race again.

Andre Heimgartner was at the wheel of BJR 012 when he ploughed into the back of Tickford Racing’s Thomas Randle, who had stalled on the front row of the grid.

Both drivers were taken to hospital, and their respective chassis were left looking even worse for wear.

Now, BJR has put beyond doubt that its wrecked car is a write-off.

“We’ve had a lot of questions as to if this chassis will ever race again; the answer is definitely not,” crew chief Sam Cosgrove said in a video released by the team.

Cosgrove explained that damage to the chassis tunnel and main hoop was particularly irreparable.

Affectionately dubbed “Cathy”, BJR 012 debuted at the 2020 Adelaide 500 and was used by Nick Percat for two full campaigns before being handed to off-season recruit Andre Heimgartner for this year.

In addition to a pair of Repco Supercars Championship race wins at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2020, BJR 012 chalked up a further five podiums between its Percat and Heimgartner days.

The Kiwi driver will now switch to another race-winning chassis in the form of BJR 007, the team’s spare which last raced in 2019.

Nick Percat drove BJR 012 to two race wins in 2020. Pic: Supplied

Randle meanwhile will hop into FPR 1519 which Zak Best used for his pair of wildcard appearances this year.

Tickford has not offered a final verdict on the fate of the heavily damaged PRA 1722.

Since debuting in 2018, the car’s highlights include Cameron Waters taking it to a race win at The Bend two years ago and pole position for the 2020 Bathurst 1000 three weeks later.

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 as a journalist at Supercars.com and editor of Speedcafe.com.