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‘I went s***!’ Bathurst contenders collide as dark horse leads way after Practice 1

Cameron Waters has added substance to his billing as a pre-race favourite by topping opening practice at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Cameron Waters has added substance to his billing as a pre-race favourite by topping opening practice at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

While Waters was among a flurry of late improvers, the biggest moment of the session was an incident between Shane van Gisbergen and the Shell V-Power Racing #17 Ford shared by Scott McLaughlin and Tim Slade.

Slade had just jumped in, with McLaughlin then atop the timesheets, when he and van Gisbergen made contact at Forrest’s Elbow.

The result was a spin for Slade, while van Gisbergen suffered some suspected minor steering damage.

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“It was a bit of an awkward one,” van Gisbergen said.

“I could see he was pretty slow. I was on a lap but bailed out, gave him some space and just waiting for him down the hill.

“And then as we got to the Elbow I made my intention clear to pass him down the inside, he went wide, saw me and he just came across and I went ‘s***’.

“I got into the brakes to try and pull out of it but couldn’t.

“It’s all good, he was just trying to do laps to get going. He was super-slow and I thought he’d seen me and obviously he hadn’t.

“I feel for these co-drivers, they haven’t done many laps and it’s going to be tough for them. It sucks for us to lose track time, we were working through a good program.”

Slade added: “I’d just jumped in the car, we obviously haven’t done any real miles this year so everything feels very foreign.

“I wasn’t even looking in the rear-view mirror so my bad. It’s just lucky there was no damage and we managed to press on and get some laps at the end of the session.”

This article was originally published by Supercars.com and reproduced with permission.

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