Porsche driver Simon Fallon has walked away unscathed after flipping his car during Carrera Cup qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Teammate Angelo Mouzouris stopped to check on Fallon’s condition as marshals came to his aid, and after a slight delay the Victorian was eventually able to climb from the car unaided.
Fallon had attempted to pass Adrian Flack around the outside of the last turn during the chaotic final minutes of qualifying, but Flack appeared not to see him, moving to the left and clipping Fallon’s car.
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That threw the Porsche 911 onto two wheels, and the momentum caused it to flip and come to rest against the wall on the outside of the final turn.
There was also trouble during the opening practice session for the Supercars, with reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade both finding the wall.
Slade crashed heavily on the exit of turn five having lost the rear end on the way into the corner, doing significant damage to the left rear of the car.
“It’s massively frustrating,” he told Fox Sports. “We’re all a bit gun shy with these cars for the first time here at this circuit.
“It felt relatively good but I wasn’t pushing, I hadn’t gone flat through any of the fast stuff. I actually stuffed up a couple of corners before and I short-shifted one corner, I was going to come into the pits, short-shifted the next corner and before I knew it, the rear had gone.
“It was gone from the entry and completely disconnected and into the wall.”
Van Gisbergen crashed after dropping a wheel onto the grass on the exit of turn seven, and although the car suffered a fair amount of damage he was probably lucky it wasn’t worse, having spun multiple times before he hit the wall.
“He came on the radio and said, ‘I’ve had a big crash’, but I expected a lot worse than actually what it was,” team boss Jamie Whincup told Fox Sports.
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