James Courtney will miss the V8 Supercars’ season-ending Sydney 500 round at Sydney Olympic Park on December 6-8.
The Holden Racing Team driver was injured in a huge accident in Saturday’s SuperSprint race at Phillip Island after being T-boned by Alexandre Prémat at the Turn 4 hairpin.
Courtney’s HRT Commodore suffered major right-hand-side damage after being struck by Prémat’s GRM Holden after the Frenchman’s car suffered a puncture. With Courtney trapped in the driver’s side of his car, Prémat helped extricate the former Jaguar F1 test driver from his mangled car.
Both drivers were immediately taken to the circuit’s medical centre and were later discharged, but the damage to both drivers’ cars kept them out of action for the rest of the weekend.
Courtney returned to his Gold Coast home on Sunday morning and underwent further medical examination on the advice of the championship’s medical delegate, Dr Carl Le.
Following an MRI scan, the Sydney-born driver was diagnosed with a fracture in his lower right leg and a tear in his right quadricep muscle.
Courtney’s injuries were announced in a media release by the Holden Racing Team, who have confirmed that its development driver, Nick Percat, will substitute in the #22 car in Sydney.
“It’s quite painful but I’m doing alright and it’s good to know what the damage is,” Courtney was quoted as saying.
“Unfortunately I won’t be racing at the Sydney 500, it’s my hometown race and always exciting. Being a racer I would be out there right now if I could but it’s better to get the recovery process started so I come back firing on all eight cylinders next season.”
“Our immediate concern is for James and while we understand he is disappointed to be missing the Sydney 500 on doctor’s advice we are firm in that it is best for him to focus entirely on his recovery,” HRT managing director Steve Hallam added.
“Nick Percat will replace James for the event. Nick has a long history with the Holden Racing Team and Walkinshaw Racing and we appreciate Nick making himself available.”