McLaughlin flips Mustang in Qualifying (Update)

McLaughlin wads up his Penske Mustang
McLaughlin wads up his Penske Mustang

UPDATE Such was the force of the crash, it pushed back the concrete wall, and plucked wheels out of the championship leader’s car, which skated on its passenger door towards Turn 4.

It also saw debris from the car jettisoned in the impact, with a shock absorber founding several stories up on the balcony of a nearby property (See photos on Speedcafe).

Occupied at the time, nobody was injured by the component, which landed with such force that it damaged a table and tile on the balcony, which overlooked the scene of McLaughlin’s crash.

10/27/19 Championship leader Scott McLaughlin has walked away from a spectacular high-speed crash that caused his Mustang to flip on the streets of the Gold Coast this morning.

McLaughlin lost control after clipping a concrete wall at 135km/h during qualifying for this afternoon's second and final race of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

The Shell Mustang clipped the wall on his left which sent him into the walls on the right, before the Supercar flipped onto its side and skidded until it came to a stand still on its side.

The car comes back on a flatbed, not repairable
The car comes back on a flatbed, not repairable

In an act of great sportsmanship, McLaughlin's greatest Championship rival and good friend Shane van Gisbergen stopped his Commodore behind the stricken Mustang and ran to assist the medical and emergency teams that arrived on the scene.

McLaughlin was able to free himself and walk free from the wreck and walk to the medical center for mandatory testing.

McLaughlin has been cleared by medical staff and could've raced this afternoon, however his Mustang cannot be repaired in time which means it will miss this afternoon's race.

McLaughlin had recorded the quickest time in qualifying prior to the crash.

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