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The chaos behind Australian flag race start

THERE was mass confusion at the start of yesterday’s Supercars race at Albert Park following a late change to adopt a rare start procedure.

An issue with the starting lights forced officials to think on their feet, turning to the use of an Australian flag to get the race underway.

It was reminiscent of what occurred in Race 2 of the 2001 round at Wanneroo Raceway, when the starting lights also failed.

Uncertainty reigned supreme, and there were various accusations of jump starts.

“I’m not quite sure how the premier motorsport category in the world doesn’t have functioning lights,” Tickford Racing CEO Tim Edwards told V8 Sleuth.

“It was a debacle on the radio, at one point they said, ‘okay, when we raise the flag that’s the start of the race’ and then about 30 seconds later ‘when we drop the flag that’s the start of the race’.

“So everyone was like, ‘is it when they raise it or when they drop it?’

“And then all of a sudden Burgo (Supercars head of motorsport Adrian Burgess) jumps and says ‘no, it’s when you drop the flag!’

“Plus we’re trying to communicate to the drivers and our radios work shit down there because there must be so much microwave stuff going on with Formula 1, the drivers are all saying ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, I can’t understand’.

“We’re going, ‘when the flag drops!’ They’re saying, ‘what do you mean the flag? What about the lights!’

“Oh my god, it was horrendous.”

Among those who were investigated for a possible jump start was early race leader Will Brown.

The Erebus Motorsport driver, who was pivotal in teammate Brodie Kostecki winning the race, was cleared by the stewards of any wrongdoing.

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