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Frightening crash triggers Supercars change

The next of the three heats at The Bend got off to a bruising start when Thomas Randle stalled at risk and was subsequently collected by Andre Heimgartner.

Both cars were effectively written off and both drivers treated for minor injuries in hospital.

Following a crash there is conjecture on the effectiveness of the in-car warning system utilized by Supercars teams, with some lead drivers critical, saying they only received the warning lights after addressing Turn 2.

Others, however, said the lights were illuminated immediately.

As revealed on the Castrol Motorsport News podcast in the times following a Bend, teams have as yet been left to configure the warning system because they please within their shift light module.

That raised the question concerning whether it had been individual configurations, as opposed to the system itself, that has been the problem,

That question has seemingly been answered with the Supercars Commission voting to mandate a controlled configuration for the stalled car alarm for several events continue.

“Following incident at Tailem Bend involving Andre Heimgartner and Thomas Randle, the Supercars Commission has decided to mandate a controlled configuration for the stalled car alarm within the In-Car Warning System because of this weekends Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint,” read a statement from Supercars.

“Representatives from Repco Supercars Championship teams discussed and decided to mandate a dash configuration that ensures all drivers will get a full in-car warning, which is sent right to the dashboard and shift light modules.

“This can ensure other warning alarms already programmed for display on the dash usually do not receive priority through the start procedure.

“Previously, the displays controls were left to the teams discretion.

“The update to the In-Car Warning System will undoubtedly be mandated for several events continue.”

The in-car warning system was debuted at the Bathurst 1000 in 2019 after being trialled at the Supercars-run Bathurst 12 Hour earlier that same year.

However unlike the 12 Hour system, that used its shift light module, the Supercars teams have already been in a position to incorporate the machine to their own SLM with complete freedom until this mandate.

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