FHOLDEN: Adelaide NRC Racing Saturday report

Clipsal 500 - Adelaide, April 6-8 2001 Newton-John Escapes Injury After Major Street Circuit Crash - Mccoll Qualifies 3RD For First Adelaide Street Race April 7 2001 - American NRC Racing Formula Holden driver Emerson Newton-John was lucky to...

Clipsal 500 - Adelaide, April 6-8 2001

Newton-John Escapes Injury After Major Street Circuit Crash - Mccoll Qualifies 3RD For First Adelaide Street Race

April 7 2001 - American NRC Racing Formula Holden driver Emerson Newton-John was lucky to escape injury after a horrendous 150kph crash on the Adelaide Street Circuit today. The high speed accident took place on Newton-John's 3rd lap of qualifying, when he was ranked 4th fastest at the time and was starting a hot lap when he clipped a kerb, spun 180 degrees and impacted the concrete retaining wall side on.

The Clipsal 500 medical team were on the scene within seconds, racing to the 26 year old driver's aid. The Adelaide medical crew assisted Newton-John out of his heavily damaged NRC Racing Reynard 95D which had settled in the middle of the track after the massive impact.

Emerson Newton-John - "I was starting a fast lap and turned into the chicane using what I thought was my normal line through the chicane but I clipped the inside kerb with my left rear tyre, which was just enough to toss me around and fling me into the wall. The impact was very severe and for a while I was a bit dizzy in the car, so the medical guys helped me out. It was the worst accident of my career by far and the saddest thing is the car was excellent - the set was right to make a lunge for a front row qualifying spot."

21 year old Newcastle driver Stewart McColl was fast during this morning's qualifying session, battling rival Rick Kelly for the third spot on the grid. McColl settled at 4th overall with a fastest lap of 1:22.6391s just 5/10ths of a second behind Kelly. McColl's NRC Racing Motorola Reynard 95D was in much better shape today and is in fine form for this weekend's races. Kelly and McColl were promoted to second and third on the grid after the session when it was discovered that the Reynard 98D of the second fastest qualifier (Christian Murchison) was six kilograms underweight.

Stewart McColl - "The car was much better today, the changes we made really worked, but I struggled to string together consistently fast laps - it was more my problem this time, but we have a great set up to race at the front today and tommorow, the team did a great job overnight to get the car set up so well today after the major problems we had yesterday."

Arthur Abrahams - Team Owner - "I feel for Emmo - this track is very demanding and for a rookie it is full of traps. He made a very minor error which has unfortunately resulted in a horrifying high speed crash. I'm sure that he will be very sore tomorrow but both the driver and the team will make every effort to salvage the car so he can take part in tomorrow's second race. On a brighter note, Stewart McColl did a fine job to grid up in the number 3 spot after Murchison was disqualified for presenting an underweight car for qualifying. Stewart is showing excellent speed and all he needs to do is put it all together on a single lap and he will be running with the leaders." /ends.

-NRC-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Rick Kelly , Christian Murchison , Emerson Newton-John