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“If any driver wishes to pull out in respect, we would fully appreciate and understand that and be as supportive as we can,” Cochrane said Monday. “And we will find replacement drivers for anyone who wishes to drop out this weekend. We will cross that bridge and worry about that when we get over the initial shock and deal with it in due course.”

Cochrane said a memorial service would be held on Saturday morning at the Gold Coast track.

“He was very much looking forward to having his first … go in a V8 Supercar this coming weekend,” Cochrane said. “We have just been reminded in the most tragic of circumstances what can happen in motorsport. This is a terrible day.”

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AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa contributed to this report.