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Triple Eight GT disaster in Adelaide

TRIPLE Eight Race Engineering has endured a Friday shocker on its GT World Challenge Australia program at the VALO Adelaide 500.

The team’s #888 Mercedes-AMG GT3 entry has been rubbed out of the entire weekend after sustaining heavy front-end damage during opening qualifying this morning.

That came as Prince Jefri Ibrahim lost control on the run to the final corner and speared off into the concrete barriers on driver’s left.

Triple Eight had called on its GT World Challenge Asia star Nick Foster to lead that entry, but he’ll not get to turn a racing lap.

“It’s done a chassis, it went in pretty hard,” said Triple Eight’s Andrew Simpson.

“Unfortunately, it has pushed the engine back and made a bit of a mess, so that’s going to be a re-shell before.”

Pic: Nathan Wong

Making matters worse, Jamie Whincup crashed at the first chicane during the subsequent Qualifying 2 session.

That left the sister #88 entry with front-end damage severe enough to cause the seven-time Supercars champion to stop on-track and draw another red flag.

That car – which was shipped out from Asia following a Bathurst crash for the usual #88 Mercedes – will at least make it back out on track by tomorrow, if not in time for Race 1 this afternoon starting at 2:05pm local time (2:35pm AEDT).

In better news, Triple Eight’s Super2 Series leader Declan Fraser has secured pole for the penultimate race of the season.

Another Super2 qualifying session will unfold this afternoon, setting the grid for the Sunday leg.

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