Injured Prodrive Racing Australia racer Chaz Mostert will undergo further surgery today to repair ligament damage in his left knee as his lengthy recovery from injuries sustained in last weekend’s SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 continues.
Mostert, who was the closest challenger to teammate Mark Winterbottom for this year’s V8 Supercars Championship title, broke his upper left leg and left wrist in a frightening high-speed accident in last Friday’s qualifying session.
The ligament damage was uncovered in post-surgery scans conducted on Tuesday following surgery over the weekend to repair the fractures he suffered.
“The knee is going to have to have another [operation],” he told the official V8 Supercars website from his hospital bed.
“[It’s] a pretty hard thing because I’ve already been here for one op – getting this fixed in the short term and getting back on the road to healing is probably the biggest thing.”
Mostert is expected to remain in the Orange Hospital for the next few days while he recovers from today’s surgery before being flown home to the Gold Coast to continue his recovery.
The general consensus from paddock insiders is that he is highly unlikely to get back behind the wheel of his #6 Ford Falcon FG X before the end of the season.
The team is sourcing a replacement driver to see out the remaining championship rounds on the calendar which Mostert is expected to miss, kicking off with the Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise on the weekend of October 23-25.
The most likely candidate is considered to be Mostert’s Enduro Cup co-driver Cameron Waters, who currently leads the feeder category Dunlop Series championship standings.
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