The Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari and Lago Racing Lamborghini will take no further part in the Hampton Downs 500 weekend after crashing out in Saturday’s sessions.
Both cars found the fence in the treacherous conditions that plagued Saturday at the New Zealand venue, with unrelenting rain reeking havoc out on track.
The Trass Ferrari had it’s moment during the afternoon’s first Qualifying session, in track conditions that almost resembled a lake.
Gene Rollinson tip toed around the circuit in the 458, but lost control as he exited Turn 6.
As the Kiwi attempted to correct the slide, the back of the car whipped around and went 90-degrees into the concrete wall, heavily damaging the front end of the car.
“It’s a bit rough,” said the team’s data analyst, Shannon Walker.
“Pretty crazy conditions, we’ve never been in rain as heavy as that before.
“Car looks shredded, I don’t think we’ll get it back out for the rest of the weekend or even Highlands.”
Rollinson and co-driver Andrew Fawcet withdrew their car from the weekend, and predicted that they will not be able to fix the Ferrari in time for the Highlands 501 in two weeks.
The Roger Lago/David Russell driven Lamborghini RE-X was the first victim of the day in the morning Practice session.
Lago, who was behind the wheel, lost control on the exit of Turn 7, swiping the inside wall which left major damage on the front end of last year’s race winners car.
The Lambo was recovered and returned to the pits on the back of a flat bed truck, where the team assessed the damage and withdrew the car from the weekend’s running.
However, they did suggest that it will be repaired and ready for the Highlands 501.
The Hampton Downs 500 kicks off at 12:30pm (local time) with a livestream available via the Australian GT website.