Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia face a lengthy repair job on the #75 Jamec Pem Racing entry after a heavy crash in Qualifying for the Hampton Downs 500.
Drivers Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans looked strong heading into the final phase of Qualifying, with Evans setting the fourth fastest time in his session for the higher rated drivers earlier on.
New Zealand local Miles tip toed out of pit-lane after the second session – for the lower rated, ‘gentlemen drivers – got back underway, following a red flag sequence in the early stages.
As he trundled down the back straight on his out lap, cutting through the torrential rain, the car struck a puddle which sent him spearing across to drivers left, collecting the concrete wall before sliding back across to the opposite side of the circuit and coming to rest in the grass.
Miles clambered from the car unscathed, however, the same couldn’t be said for the Audi itself, with a broken front chassis rail forcing them out of the rest of the day’s running – which included a spot in the Top 10 Shootout.
A disheartened Evans spoke after the incident, feeling confident the team would get the car repaired in time to start tomorrow’s race.
“It’s certainly not what we’d like to see,” said Evans of the damage.
“Tim [Miles] obviously went back out after that first red flag, and the conditions are so un-predictable.
“He caught a little bit of standing water and he was a passenger from there on, so it’s unfortunate, but I’m sure the boys will turn the car around and we’ll be back for some action tomorrow.”
The pairing currently leads the Australian Endurance Championship points standings after taking two wins in just as many races, with Hampton Downs this weekend the penultimate round of the season.
The championship will conclude at the Highlands 101 from November 10-12.
The Hampton Downs 500 kicks off at 12:30pm (local time) with a livestream available via the Australian GT website.