HORRIFYING CRASH AT MOUNT PANORAMA, DRIVER OKAY Hour Ten of the 2008 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour has been concluded in terrifying style when the Mazda 3 MPS driven by Sydney's Len Cave flipped an amazing ten times through The Chase, with Cave...
HORRIFYING CRASH AT MOUNT PANORAMA, DRIVER OKAY
Hour Ten of the 2008 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour has been concluded in terrifying style when the Mazda 3 MPS driven by Sydney's Len Cave flipped an amazing ten times through The Chase, with Cave amazingly escaping any serious injury.
Cave was further down in the pack when he was approaching the chase nine hours and 42 minutes in and dropped a wheel, sliding sideways into the sand trap at approximately 250 kilometres per hour. Digging into the sand trap, the blue Thrifty #27 Mazda then rolled approximately ten times with a number being clean in the air -- with the impact so severe the engine, front suspension and gear box were torn clear during the crash, with the car amazingly coming to rest on its roof on the exit of The Chase.
Amazingly, Cave was able to remove himself from the car, and is currently being assisted by medical personnel on site of the crash and will soon be escorted to the medical centre with full precautions for a thorough check-over, however he appears to have escaped serious injury.
The incident at the close of the tenth hour has required the seventh safety car of the Race and the first since the seventh hour. The safety car once again compresses the field, and will reduce the lead that Grant Denyer and his Mitsubishi EVO IX has maintained over second-place since taking over at the conclusion of the last hour from Klark Quinn.
Denyer was two minutes and 30 seconds over second-placed Damien White at the time of the safety car, and on the restart in the next hour will lead White, Craig Baird, Layton Cranbrook and Daniel Schulz into what is left of the final two hours of this challenging 12 hour test.
At the close of hour ten the top outright contenders are:
Grant Denyer - #29 Mitsubishi EVO IX RS
Damien White - #87 -- Mitsubishi Evo IX
Craig Baird - #20 -- BMW 335i
Layton Cranbrook - #11 -- BMW 335i
Daniel Schulz - #26 -- Subaru WRX STi
At the close of hour ten the class leaders are:
Class A -- Grant Denyer - #29 Mitsubishi EVO IX RS
Class B - Craig Baird - #20 -- BMW 335i
Class C -- Luke Searle (#3) -- BMW 130
Class D -- Brian Walden (#24) -- Holden Commodore VZ SS
Class E -- Peter Conroy (#14) -- Honda Integra Type S
Class F -- Greg Sticker (#40) -- Hyundai Sonata
Class G -- n/a
Class H -- Wayne Vinckx -- Alfa Romeo 147 JTD