Michael Simpson's dream of winning this year's Konica V8 Supercar Series at his first try received a severe set-back when his EL Falcon was taken out in a first corner pile-up during round three at Winton in north-east Victoria today. The young...
Michael Simpson's dream of winning this year's Konica V8 Supercar Series at his first try received a severe set-back when his EL Falcon was taken out in a first corner pile-up during round three at Winton in north-east Victoria today.
The young Queenslander's Ford was badly damaged in the accident, which resulted in the race being red-flagged and then re-started with seven less cars.
Although his small and enthusiastic team tried everything to get Simpson back for the remaining two races it simply lacked the time and resources to achieve the goal.
Simpson's immediate future is now in doubt with three rounds of the six-round championship still remaining.
The Gold Coast-based team has been running on a shoestring budget and today's
accident means that some funds need to be found in a desperate hurry. "It was just one of those cases where 23 into one don't go," said Simpson, who was third in the championship before today's drama and who is now eighth.
"We were left with nowhere to go and just got caught up in everyone else's accident.
"We have damaged the car pretty badly and that has really put us behind the eight-ball because our budget is virtually non-existent.
"We have been pouring every cent we have into just getting to the races.
"Now we will have to find an extra $20,000 just to fix the car before we even think about heading to Phillip Island in three weeks time."
Simpson had qualified ninth for the race and was looking at making some solid progress after clocking the fourth-fastest time in the morning warm-up. All three races had their amount of drama today with just 12 cars finishing race three.
Owen Kelly won the day from Paul Dumbrell and new championship leader David Parsons.
The Konica V8 Supercar Series consists of six rounds in the Eastern states of Australia and has been designed as a breeding ground for the Shell Championship Series.