Here We Go Again: V8 Supercars' Finale Is Suspended For Being Soggy Wet

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V8 Supercars' second race for the day of the Sydney NRMA 500 has just been red flagged on lap 45 due to torrential downpours. It's a complete mess out there with too much standing water for even wet tires to deal with. Flooding has been reported in pit lane.


Thirty laps remain to complete the full distance of the race.

"It was too dangerous. We all want to race and down the front straight we were aquaplaning... it's not very nice," explained driver Shane van Gisbergen, who got stuck out in the mess.

Here's video from when they released a safety car at the beginning of the downpour. Watch Garth Tander hydroplane on standing water and spin back around to rejoin the course like a boss.


"The conditions out there on the can't see anything!" said Tander of the rain.

UPDATE: Shortly after publishing this post, the race was called for worsening conditions. Channel 7's coverage of the race in Australia even cut out due to technical issues with all the water.


Leader on lap 45 Shane van Gisbergen was declared the winner. As this race was the last one of the season, Jamie Whincup also claimed the 2014 Driver's Championship. Congratulations to both drivers for quickly mastering boat racing for the season finale!

Screenshot of rain in the pits via @BaronVonClutch.



And yet the FIA and Bernie wouldn't shut down the Suzuka GP for similar conditions.