James Courtney will miss the remainder of this weekend’s Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint round after being injured in a freak accident between Friday’s two practice sessions.
The Holden Racing driver was struck by pit equipment that had become dislodged during a low flyover display by a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) helicopter. Long-distance footage captured Courtney being struck in the chest by an errant metal sheet as he tried to scurry out of the way in avoidance.
The impact saw the former Formula 1 test driver complaining of chest pains, and he was quickly transported to the circuit medical centre before being airlifted to the nearby Westmead Hospital. He was subsequently diagnosed with two fractured ribs and a pneumothorax (a pocket of air between the lungs and ribs), and will sit out the remainder of the weekend.
His place in the team’s #22 Holden Commodore VF will be taken over by his Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Jack Perkins, who deputised in FP2 and finished 20th-fastest.
Friday’s practice pace was set by Prodirve Racing’s Chaz Mostert – already a pole-winner eight times this season to-date – in his Ford Falcon FG X.
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