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Toyota 86 crash video, Sandown 500, Supercars news 2019

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A shocking accident for Toyota 86 entrant Craig Thornton forced repairs to the Turn 8 Armco barriers at Sandown, delaying Supercars Practice 3 at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500.

With just under four minutes remaining in Toyota 86 qualifying, Thornton lost control of his #71 entry at the exit of the fast left-hander Turn 6, overcorrected, and crashed heavily at the exit of Turn 8.

The heavy impact severely damaged the barriers, with Thornton’s car making contact at high speed.

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Scott McLaughlin, Supercars Newcastle, Newcastle 500, Supercars news 2019

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Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has batted away criticism following his dominant run to the title, claiming 2019 has “been the best year of my life”.

The DJR Team Penske driver has executed an almost flawless title defence, claiming a record 18 wins this season, including a maiden Bathurst 1000 victory alongside Alex Premat.

At the last event at Sandown, McLaughlin clinched the 2019 title ahead of this weekend’s season finale at Newcastle, becoming the 13th multiple champion and 10th consecutive champion in the sport’s history.

However, he was subdued in his celebrations with the Bathurst event just one source of controversy this season, with negative headlines plaguing McLaughlin’s successful campaign.

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Citroen is leaving the World Rally Championship with immediate effect after six-times world champion Sebastien Ogier announced his departure from the team, the French manufacturer said on Wednesday.

Citroen Racing said it had made the decision “due to the absence of a first-class driver available for (the) 2020 season” but commercial factors were also a major consideration.

Motorsport.com said Ogier was expected to be announced as a Toyota driver on Monday.

Toyota’s Estonian Ott Tanak won the driver’s title in Spain last month, ending Ogier’s six-year reign, but announced four days later that he was joining Hyundai for 2020.

You won’t see a factory Citroen doing Fafe any time soon. Picture: Miguel Riopa
You won’t see a factory Citroen doing Fafe any time soon. Picture: Miguel RiopaSource: Getty Images

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Supercars Newcastle 2019, Supercars 2019, Supercars news, Newcastle 500

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Supercars have defended the safety of their events as Newcastle residents call for their round to be axed in the wake of a horror crash at the Sandown 500.

John Iafolla was lucky to walk away when his car flipped multiple times and landed on a ute and resulted in the Toyota 86 race at Sandown 10 days ago being abandoned.

The 2019 Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin wrote off his Ford Mustang in a wild crash at the Gold Coast 600 last month which saw a shock absorber fly onto a spectators’ trackside balcony. The accident is being investigated by Supercars.

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