V8 Supercar drivers protest Pukekohe safety

Drivers competing in the Australian V8 Supercar Placemakers V8 International event in Pukekohe protested the safety of some barriers around the track. The issue was raised after Jason Richards had an accident in Friday morning's qualifying session. Richards hit a set of tyres placed on the inside part of the track to stop cars from cutting the corners after a spin. His Holden flipped into three or four rolls, leaving the Team Dynamik entry with extensive damage, in excess of $100,000

V8 Supercar drivers protest Pukekohe safety

"Every time my side of the car rolled over, my head was hitting the ground," Richards said following the accident.

Holden Racing Team driver Mark Scaife was critical of the race organizers and was supported by rival Greg Murphy. "If we think that is the safety fix, as in the series deciding that we are going to put big lumps of tyres on the apex of corners, they are kidding themselves," said Scaife.

"What should happen, and I don't know how many years we have been talking about this now, is that in Formula One they have something that sits on the corner and if a car runs over it, it knocks it end over end. It is about time, in this professional game we talk of being, that we put these things at the apex of corners and have another one ready to put there if one gets knocked over."

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