Chaz Mostert has admitted fault for the late race incident during the ITM Auckland SuperSprint on Saturday which left Supercars title contender Fabian Coulthard on his roof.
Mostert held sixth and was trying to get by David Reynolds on Lap 57 at the Turn 8 hairpin, but made contact with the Erebus Motorsport driver and caused a slight bottle neck.
Coulthard sensed an opportunity, and try to pass the pair of them through the sweeping Turn 9.
However, the Shell V-Power Racing Ford’s right rear made contact with the front of Reynolds’ car at Turn 10, sending both cars spearing off the circuit at high speed with Coulthard’s Falcon backing into the tyre barrier before rolling over.
Mostert received a drive through penalty for his role in the incident, dropping him down to 23rd, the Prodrive racer apologising to both the Erebus Motorsport and DJR Team Penske squads after the race.
The whole kerfuffle costed Coulthard and Mostert one place each in the title fight, with the former now third and 137 points adrift of leader Jamie Whincup, and the latter fifth and 210 points from the top of the ladder.
“It’s not what you want,” said Mostert.
“You go out there, you try to race hard, try to make passes, but I just absolutely ballsed it up.
“It’s hard on the drivers that are in the car, but it’s especially hard on the crews that have to repair them.
“Definitely with Fab’s (Fabian Coulthard’s) car and Davey (David Reynolds) I didn’t want to see that happen. Absolutely ballsed it up today.”
Mostert said he was momentarily stuck in neutral on the exit of Turn 8, which caused the bottle-neck, rather than trying to redress the position to Reynolds.
“I thought [Reynolds] was still on the track on the outside there,” added Mostert.
“I thought I was still in second gear from when I locked the rears all the way back there, but I had neutral on the exit, then had to bank first.
“I probably made it a lot worse than it had to be, I didn’t want to see what happened out there.
“It’s all on me. You don’t want to see any cars taken out, especially when you make a mistake pushing on the limit.”
Reynolds’ Commodore skipped across the gravel after the contact with Coulthard, but was able to rejoin and finish 24th and one lap down with heavy damage.
“We were trucking along in P5 there,” said Reynolds.
“Chaz tried to pass me in the hairpin, obviously must’ve stuffed up, speared into the side of me, and then we sort of ran around together on the outside.
“I got going again, saw Fabian (Coulthard) come up to my door at a rate of knots and drilled me and put me in the fence.
“Not much I could’ve done about that.”
Race 24 of Virgin Australia Supercars Championship takes place tomorrow at 16:10 NZDT.