THE RACE TORQUE delves into the facts behind the Race 24 safety car drama, with this exclusive second-by-second breakdown of events.
WORDS: The Race Torque Team
These are the screen shots that put into perspective Jamie Whincup’s controversial pass of the safety car.
Timeline: 14min 13sec
SAFETY Car has been called, David Reynolds is stranded on the circuit. Scott McLaughlin is leading, Jamie Whincup is P16 having already completed his first pit stop, some 53sec behind McLaughlin.
Timeline: 14min 40sec
MCLAUGHLIN pits, Whincup P13, 52sec behind McLaughlin.
Timeline: 15min 46sec
MCLAUGHLIN’S pit stop complete, he is P2 on the circuit, with Whincup P1 as he drives past the pits at full speed, with the safety car awaiting ahead on the circuit.
Timeline: 15min 58sec
MCLAUGHLIN exits pit lane, some 14 seconds behind race leader Whincup.
Timeline: 16min 21sec
WHINCUP leads the race, but having passed the safety car, is some 16sec down the road from McLaughlin. Holdsworth leads the train of cars behind the safety car.
Timeline: 17min 59sec
THE train of cars is released from behind the safety car, Whincup now heads the lineup of cars, McLaughlin second.