V8 Supercar James Courtney experienced a blessed escape on Saturday as his Ford Mustang went up in flames and was engulfed by a fireball even though in the pit-lane at Albert Park.
Flames became obvious on the Tickford Racing entry’s front still left wheel as Courtney rounded the remaining two turns in Melbourne in a bid to nurse the auto back again to the pit-lane.
The 42-yr-aged manufactured it back just in time, as the vehicle was engulfed by a huge hearth as quickly he built back to the pits, with dense black smoke billowing from his Ford Mustang.
As the pit crew rushed to his support with fireplace extinguishers, Courtney managed to quickly get out of the automobile and lower a incredibly nonchalant determine when he spoke to Fox Motorsport afterward.
‘I observed the flames and explained to the guys I could scent a thing from the front remaining corner,’ he stated.
James Courtney’s Ford Mustang caught fireplace at Albert Park on Saturday, shortly immediately after he returned to the pit lane soon after smelling smoke
Pit crew and fire marshals rushed in to rescue Courtney immediately after his vehicle disappeared into a cloud of thick black smoke after he returned to the pits
‘Then I could see the flames. I just attempted to get to the pits. They’ve bought all the hearth things to check out and help save the motor vehicle.’
The incident came just a day following Nick Percat’s Ford Mustang experienced the exact same destiny throughout Friday’s Supersprint race.
The hearth on Percat’s motor vehicle also appeared to originate close to the front left wheel, which Courtney proposed pointed to a significant issue on the Ford.
‘Probably comparable to what occurred to Nick [Percat],’ he explained.
‘Seems like it is the similar location. It’s not superior.’
The V8 Supercars veteran had a blessed escape at Albert Park on Saturday, handling to get out of his motor vehicle before it was totally engulfed by flames
Courtney unveiled he just tried to nurse the auto again to the pit lane soon after smelling smoke
Speaking right after the fireplace pressured him to retire on Friday, Percat revealed he was stunned when he realised his motor vehicle was on fire.
‘I know what I have on outfits wise I’m heading to be safe and sound, I really do not know what happened,’ Percat advised Fox Athletics.
‘I thought I could scent something down the again straight, possibly the exhaust or something.
‘Next matter I’m like “Oh my god I’m on fire”.’