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Old 14 Sep 2008, 22:49 (Ref:2290400)   #1
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Is Phiilip Island a safe race track??

V8 Supercar driver Andrew Jones has called for the earth filled tyre walls surrounding the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit to be replaced by concrete according to an article in today's Herald Sun newspaper.

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...-11088,00.html

This has once again put the tyres walls at PI into the spot light.

They first came to public notice during the Coronial inquest into Greg Hansford's 1995 fatal collision where he left the track between Turns 1 & 2 in a Supertourer and the tyres bounced him back into oncoming race traffic resulting in another car colliding with the drivers side door of the car.

In the 13 years since there have been countless examples of cars hitting the tyre walls with David Auger (Alfa Romeo) & John Bowe (DJR Falcon) to name just two which there is video footage of.

I noticed with interest that a short section of the wall opposite the pit lane has only just been replaced by concrete and wonder when the rest of the circuit will be done and why they bothered to replace just that small section in the first place.

At the time of the Hansford collision one excuse given was that the Motorcycle Grand Prix riders wouldn't allow it but this doesn't wash these days with the availability of so called "air fences" in high risk locations but at PI the majority of the walls are a long way away for motorcycles.

Now that a V8Supercar driver has publicly commented I watch with interest for any official response.
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