DEVASTATING BLOW FOR ORRCON RACING Gold Coast based Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team owner Mark Larkham believes that the carnage caused at Bathurst in the Super Cheap Auto 1000 could have easily been avoided. With Jason Bargwanna an innocent ...
DEVASTATING BLOW FOR ORRCON RACING
Gold Coast based Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team owner Mark Larkham believes that the carnage caused at Bathurst in the Super Cheap Auto 1000 could have easily been avoided.
With Jason Bargwanna an innocent victim in the monumental incident that was triggered when there was contact between Greg Murphy and Marcos Ambrose the crew will be having very few hours sleep between now and when the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge begins on the streets of Surfers Paradise next Thursday.
"As I look at my massively damaged race car I can't tell you how much I wish Murphy accepted that he had lost that corner and either yielded or gave some racing room and we could have avoided the carnage that our team now suffers the consequence of," said Larkham.
With the track blocked due to the incident Bargwanna was left no where to go but into the back of the car driven by Lee Holdsworth causing severe damage to the Orrcon Racing Falcon. Bargwanna's car was ploughed into from the rear by Alex Davison shortly after.
"It is devastating. At one stage we were on track for a podium, then the crew did a fantastic job to get us back out there in an effort gain valuable points for the Championship only to become an innocent victim in someone else's accident is heart breaking," said Bargwanna.
Such was the impact on Bargwanna's car that it was severely damaged and will require the front and rear chassis rails to be replaced.
It is the second time in as many years Larkham Motor Sport will endure a major rebuild following an incident between two drivers that could have been avoided. During the opening round of the Championship in 2004 Mark Winterbottom was one of several drivers to endure $100,000 damage when Paul Dumbrell and Cameron McConville collided at over 200kmh triggering a multi car pile up.
"It is the second time in a matter of years that we have had to endure the heartbreaking and tiring process of rebuilding a $300,000 race car because a driver has simply made the wrong decision," said Larkham.
"Right now we have nine days to repair our car for the next round of the Championship, after an extremely long weekend at Bathurst the crew got back to the workshop last night to begin the process.
"In an estimate I believe the damage to our car will be around the $100,000 mark and very lucky not to be a write-off."