Defending Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert has suffered a broken left leg and wrist after suffering a heavy accident during qualifying for this weekend’s endurance classic at Mount Panorama.
The Prodrive Racing Australia driver clipped the left-hand wall on the run down to Forrest’s Elbow in his first flying lap of the session, with the contact spearing him into the opposite wall. Thereafter, he pinballed him back across the circuit and a succession of further heavy impacts, which included his car swiping a flag marshal’s post that was housing four trackside officials.
Three of the marshals were struck in the accident, although fortunately just one needed hospitalisation.
The session was red-flagged and not resumed due to the extensive debris fencing damage, while Mostert was airlifted to Orange Hospital and subsequently underwent surgery to stabilise a clean break of his upper leg and a fractured wrist.
The accident and Mostert’s injuries have ruled he and co-driver Cameron Waters out of the remainder of the weekend; the pair was aiming to become the youngest ever winners of the event this year.
Incredibly for Mostert, this marks the third time in a row where he has failed to qualify for the ‘Great Race’. In his rookie year in 2013, Mostert missed qualifying as a result of an accident he suffered in final practice driving for Dick Johnson Racing, while in 2014 he and co-driver Paul Morris were excluded from qualifying for overtaking another driver during a red flag period.
For Mostert, the outcome is rather more dire as his injuries are certain to end his hopes of challenging teammate Mark Winterbottom for the Drivers’ Championship title. Mostert came into this weekend less than 200 points adrift of his Prodrive Racing stablemate.
As a result of the suspension of the rest of the day’s on-track activities in the wake of Mostert’s crash, V8 Supercars officials have confirmed that Friday’s aborted preliminary qualifying session will take place on Saturday afternoon.
Officials have confirmed that Saturday morning’s practice session will still run, albeit five minutes shorter to run from 10:20-11:00 (GMT +11). Preliminary qualifying will then take place over 30 minutes, starting at 12:30pm, ahead of the subsequent Top-10 Shootout for pole, which will start at 5:10pm.
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