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Supercars has ordered an upgrade to the car’s warning system following a crash at the Tailem Bend start line.

Thomas Randle and Andre Heimgartner escaped a horrific incident in the OTR Superprint last month.

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An unmarked Heimgartner hit Randle who was standing and the score was recorded at 38G.

Both drivers will compete in the Penrith Oil Sandown Super Sprint this weekend, albeit in bonus cars.

Ahead of Sandown, the Supercars Commission mandated a controlled configuration for the stalled car alarm.

The change was mandated starting with this weekend’s event.

Ensures that other pre-programmed warning alarms are not prioritized during the startup process.

Previously, display controls were assigned to the teams.

All drivers now receive full car alerts, which are sent directly to the dashboard and shift light modules.

Thomas Randle's car was badly damaged.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
Thomas Randle’s car was badly damaged. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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The warning system complements the flag marshals, who can wave yellow flags on the pit wall, for example a stalled car.

“Following the incident at Tailem Bend involving Andre Heimgartner and Thomas Randle, the Supercars Commission has agreed to order a controlled configuration for the stalled car warning system as part of the car warning system for this weekend’s Penrith Oil Sandown Super Sprint,” read a Supercars statement. .

“Representatives from the Repco Supercars Championship teams have discussed and agreed to order a dash configuration that will ensure all drivers receive full car alerts, which will be sent directly to the dashboard and light modules.

“This ensures that other warning alerts previously scheduled to appear on the dash are not prioritized during the startup process.

“Previously, the display controls were left to the discretion of the teams.

“An update to the in-car warning system will be mandated for all future incidents.”

Randle will race in a surplus Tickford Racing chassis that he campaigned at Zach Bend at The Bend.

Heimgartner’s previous racer was scrapped and switched to a spare Brad Jones Racing car.

This story originally appeared on Supercars.com and is reposted with permission

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