'Terrible image': Support race abandoned after nightmare Sandown crash

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

A driver in the Toyota 86 support series race at Sandown has walked away from a scary rollover unscathed, after his car cleared two barriers and landed on a parked ute.

Two track officials were sitting in the cabin of the ute when driver John Iafolla’s car lost control, skidding across the track.

Iafolla crashed through one barrier and skated across another, before his car flipped several times and clattered into the tray of a parked ute.

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Fox Sports commentators were left stunned by what had unfolded, clearly relieved when Iafolla emerged from the car unharmed.

“Goodness me, that was never going to be good,” one said.

Toyota 86 series driver John Iafolla walked away from this nightmarish smash at the Sandown race track. Picture: Fox Sport

“That is a terrible, terrible image.

“John Iafolla, again proving the safety of these amazing little vehicles.

“They build them tough, and today they have been truly tested.”

Fans on social media were also relieved neither Iafolla, as well as the two officials sitting in the parked car.

Iafolla was taken for standard medical checks after the crash, while the race was immediately red-flagged, and was not restarted.

Bathurst winner has pole position stripped after investigation

Supercars championship leader Scott McLaughlin will have to start Sunday's Sandown 500 from the rear of the grid after an engine rule breach at last month's Bathurst 1000.

Stewards announced on the morning of the 500km endurance race that McLaughlin's Ford Mustang had run an engine during qualifying and the top 10 shootout at Bathurst which "exceeded the maximum permitted valve lift" under regulations.

As a result McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat, who qualified fifth for the Sandown race, will now start alongside Shane Van Gisbergen and Garth Tander at the back of the grid.

DJR Team Penske have also been fined $30,000 for the breach while McLaughlin has been stripped of his pole position and lap record from Mount Panorama.

The New Zealander will however retain his Bathurst victory after DJR Team Penske changed the engine in his Mustang before the 1000km race.