The Bathurst 12 Hour has begun in dramatic instances as fog blanketed Mount Panorama earlier than dawn, with drivers criticising the decision to move racing.
The protection automotive led the pack when the clock began ticking down at 5.15am however quickly pulled into pit lane to let the automobiles free for green-flag working.
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Pole guy Chaz Mostert retained the lead in his Audi however was once closely important of race keep an eye on’s resolution by the point he had concluded his opening stint.
“That’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever done in a car,” the Supercars megastar mentioned, admitting he had to ‘mind his words’.
“That’s so dangerous out there. I feel so bad for the Ams (amateurs) getting into the car now because you can’t see apexes, you can’t see walls.
“It’s worse when you’re out front, you just don’t have a guy to follow.”
Fellow Supercars skilled David Reynolds hardly ever held again along with his ideas at the scenario.
“Mate, I don’t know what they’re doing running. It’s shocking conditions,” he mentioned.
“When fog‘s that thick, you can’t see where you are going, it’s so dangerous. I don’t know, it’s really bad.”
Both drivers mentioned the location was once made worse by means of the fog moving from lap to lap.
“Skyline for me is the most dangerous, highest part of the track,” Mostert mentioned.
“You can write a car off and get seriously injured around there. That’s bad.
“It was pretty bad at the start. To be honest, we shouldn’t have started, I don’t think. And just before I came in (to pit) it’s at its worst now.”
Reynolds mentioned some portions of the observe had been “whitewashed and you can’t see anything”.
“When you’re going across the top at 200km/h and you can’t see the next corner or the apex that you’re turning into, it’s game over,” he mentioned.
South African driving force Kelvin van der Linde echoed the troubles, pronouncing fog was once difficult sufficient for the pros – let on my own the amateurs.
“It’s about survival at this point,” the 25-year-old mentioned.
The drivers spoke throughout a security automotive duration known as to recuperate the MARC Mustang of Zane Morse, who crashed exhausting right into a wall within the morning darkness.
There had been issues the fog may aggravate after dawn however the race was once as an alternative disrupted by means of rain that was more and more heavy.
Australian racing veteran Jack Perkins was once stuck out on his first lap after leaving the pits on slick tyres, spinning right into a wall on the Chase.
“Probably one of the lowest points of my career, to do that on the outlap,” the 35-year-old admitted.
“Just cruising. The track was pretty dry over the top and pretty dry down the chase.
“My mistake, big apologies to the team. Something an experienced guy like me shouldn’t be doing.”