Inside Line recap: The bolt mystery solved

The second episode of the warts-and-all Supercars docuseries Inside Line offered the first proper look behind the curtains at Erebus Motorsport – and boy was it fun.

Inside Line recap: The bolt mystery solved

One of my personal highlights of the 2019 season was a group media chat with Barry Ryan in Tasmania after Anton De Pasquale's gear shifter failed.

After pointing out the missing pivot bolt from the bottom of the shifter, Barry was, inevitably, asked why it had gone missing.

The response was that it could have either failed or not been tightened up correctly. And Barry, in casual, dictaphone-less chat, didn't seem all that convinced it had failed...

To recap, Anton had been on for a career-best (at the time) seventh place when the shifter departed the rest of the car after he'd plucked a cog.

He was told to stay out and try and salvage something stuck in fourth gear, but declined that offer.

"Dude, I'm in the pitlane," he told engineer Mirko de Rosa over the radio.

"I don't know what you don't understand. The gear lever is in my hand."

The radio exchange provided a good laugh in the media centre, but it was clearly no laughing matter at Erebus. After all, there's nothing amusing about a seventh becoming 23rd in the blink of a loose nut.

While at the time human error was the chief suspect, the documentary reveals that there was indeed a spec issue at hand.

"We sold a car over Christmas, and we got the spare gear lever out of the truck to put in Anton's car and it had a different spec bolt and nut on it," explains Barry.

Brad Packham, number one mechanic on the #99, weighs in too.

"It's not something that every mechanic goes in an puts a spanner on a nut on the gear lever," he says. "Because once it's on, it's on. And it should never fail.

"It was so random. I got so furious at myself that something like that happened on my watch."

Read Also:

With the basics covered in Episode 1, there's little doubt the second episode ramped things up in terms of real insight.

There's a fascinating behind the scenes look at pitstop practice, some genuine stewards room footage, and proof beyond doubt that Barry is the world's worst liar when he tries – and fails – to trick David Reynolds into thinking he's copped a 30 second penalty.

Speaking of Reynolds, his role in Episode 2 starts with some entertaining banter between him and his (equally mad) partner Tahan Lew Fatt, and then descends mostly into either yawning or burping.

It's the vintage Reynolds we all wanted to see.

The episode winds up with another Anton storyline, and this one has a happy ending. He finishes third, behind the runaway Penske Mustangs, at Phillip Island – his first podium and the ultimate redemption to the bolt drama in Tassie.

By then, though, Betty Klimenko has already pitched him to DJR Team Penske.

"I think Anton, if you looked at him from outside the team, is a perfect Penske driver," she says.

"The hair is quaffed, the manners, everything else. Unfortunately he's found a home with people who are not so quaffed..."

Of course Anton, currently on a one-year Erebus deal, has been linked to a Penske move should Scott McLaughlin make his IndyCar move.

Inside Line resumes next Tuesday, when it's off to Perth to race under lights.

shares
comments
'Dream' F1 Eseries call-up for Supercars ace

Previous article

'Dream' F1 Eseries call-up for Supercars ace

Next article

Coronavirus could accelerate new Supercars regs

Coronavirus could accelerate new Supercars regs
Load comments
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020
Why 2020 isn't McLaughlin's greatest title Prime

Why 2020 isn't McLaughlin's greatest title

Scott McLaughlin was quick to describe his third Supercars title as his best yet. But even though it didn't match the dramatic backstory of his 2018 triumph, there's a good reason for him wanting to control the narrative this time around.

Supercars
Oct 2, 2020
Why a Bathurst finale is risky business for Supercars Prime

Why a Bathurst finale is risky business for Supercars

The Bathurst Grand Final may provide Supercars its greatest spectacle yet – but there's a risk it will force the series to face a hard truth.

Supercars
Sep 4, 2020
Why Scott McLaughlin must become an IndyCar driver Prime

Why Scott McLaughlin must become an IndyCar driver

Scott McLaughlin, two-time and current Supercars champion, should have been making his NTT IndyCar Series debut for Team Penske at the GP of Indianapolis, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a rescheduling that has put the brakes on his career switch. But David Malsher-Lopez explains why the New Zealander deserves this opportunity as soon as possible.

IndyCar
Jul 4, 2020