A mid-pack pile-up at Winton has extended Casey Stoner’s run of bad luck on four wheels.
But team boss Roland Dane has offered a piece of advice to the former MotoGP champion: find the bloke who caused it and knock him off next time.
Stoner crashed out on Saturday in the opening seconds of race one in the V8 Supercars’ second-tier category.
The 27-year-old, who started 20th on the 34-car grid, got caught in a multi-car rumble sparked by Chris Pither heading into the first corner of the tight rural Victorian circuit.
Pither was later penalised over the incident.
While a poor qualifying session had the 27-year-old starting from 20th on the 34-car grid, Stoner was hopeful of a top-10 finish.
Normally we start further up the front, get mixed up in something and end up on the back of the grid and then start coming forward,” Stoner said.
So we weren’t too bummed about the grid position but the way things went we didn’t make it past corner one.
“By the time I caught sight of what had happened ahead, there was nowhere for me to go. It’s hard seeing through cars.”
But Dane, Stoner’s team principal at Red Bull Racing, offered a more colourful assessment of the chaos.
“It was some lunatic ahead who tipped somebody around and Casey came off worse through no fault of his own,” Dane said.
Asked what his advice would be to Stoner to stay motivated ahead of the round’s final two races on Sunday, Dane added: “I’d say ‘go and find the bloke who caused it and tip him off in the next race.
“It’s a good strategy.”
Stoner produced his best round of the season last month, finishing fifth in the final race at Queensland Raceway after clawing his way up from 17th.