Chaz Mostert apologises to Rick Kelly after pit lane incident
Chaz Mostert and Rick Kelly made contact in the pit lane during the second Supercars Championship round in Adelaide, and the Ford driver apologised to the Nissan driver after the race.
“It was just a lack of communication. At the end of the day, definitely our fault,” said Mostert to supercars.com.
The Tickford Racing driver was released straight into the path of the Kelly Racing driver on lap 27 as the entire field rushed into the pits as the only safety car session of the race was underway.
“You can’t blend into the fast lane when there’s another car there. It was a really tight pits for me, I tried to get into the box at the best angle I could. I had to get pushed back and it was just a lack of communication on our part,” said Mostert.
“At the end of the day I ruined Rick’s race, I’m really apologetic for that, I never want to do that. It’s the first time I’ve had a spin in pit lane, so I’ll put that on the credentials.”
Kelly accepted the apology and laid blame on the Ford team for the incident.
“He’s come down and apologised, which is really good, it’s pretty rare these days. But it’s really not for him to apologise,” said Kelly.
“It’s one of those things that I believe at that point should still be in the control of his car controller, who obviously didn’t alert him to the fact I was next to him. There’s not much he could have done in that situation.”
Mostert was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, finishing 15th while Kelly retired from the race.