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8 February 2016
EARLY START RACING INCIDENT SEES EARLY EXIT FOR SCOTT AND PWM
The 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour endurance event was 'over before it started' for Australian driver Scott Andrews and his Performance West Motorsport Team.
The current US F1600 champion's race was concluded as early as lap 1, following an incident involving his co-driver Nick Percat in the PWM Lamborghini and ex Formula 1 star Mika Salo in the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari.
Initially Andrews said after the race, 'obviously it's not an ideal way to end the race so soon. It's disappointing for everyone involved, especially the car owner and our co driver Peter Rullo and for the boys from LDM' but come the light of day, he was also quick to defend his teammate.
"I wasn't impressed with everybody offering their opinion on Nick's driving. There's obviously two sides to the story and the TV cameras didn't clearly show how the accident came about because of the angle and lack of light at that hour'.
The endurance race had begun in pre dawn darkness at 5.45am.
Pole sitter, Tekno McLaren driver Shane van Gisbergen, raced to an early lead in the first hour of the race and would go on to claim victory some 12 hours later from the fellow factory backed teams of Nissan and Bentley.
Looking for positives, and after being involved in the internationally recognized and world class event, Andrews said unsurprisingly, 'I was happy with my race pace during my stint on Friday, considering it was my first time around here in a GT3', Scott's times proving comparable to many of the more highly profiled international drivers. 'The downforce is amazing across the top of the mountain and its always great to drive here'.
Already looking forward to next year's event, a reflective Andrews added, 'ultimately it was frustrating to be out so early because after watching how the race unfolded and considering our strategy and driver line up, I think we would've been a pretty solid A-Am contender. Hopefully I get another shot next year'.