Red flag: Track coming apart at Bathurst, causes multiple crashes

The track has caught a few drivers off guard.

Bathurst is known to be a difficult circuit, but not even the best could have foreseen this kind of issue. In an unprecedented move, the race has been red flagged so that the track surface can be repaired. We have completed 61 laps.

Only two other times in this race's history has it been stopped, and that hasn't happened for over two decades. The track was coming up and breaking apart at the second corner and in The Dipper. So far, three cars have crashed at Griffens Bend. First, Paul Morris nosed his Falcon into the fence there.

Later, two incidents took place back-to-back and prompted the safety car, then the red flag. Taz Douglas went into the tires, followed by Scott Pye. Pye avoided completely stuffing the car into the barriers, but he did suffer major left side damage.

On the previous two occasions that saw this race red flagged, it did not restart. That will hopefully not be the case today. Many doubt that the patches the crews are putting down will hold for another 100 laps.

UPDATE: Red flag lifted after 63 minutes

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Series Supercars
Event Bathurst
Track Mount Panorama Circuit
Drivers Paul Morris , Taz Douglas , Scott Pye
Article type Breaking news