Violent accident during Bathurst 12 Hour practice takes out defending race winners

A major accident has taken place at Bathurst.

V8 Supercar driver Tony D’Alberto has been hospitalized following a scary accident during practice for the 12 hour endurance race, set to take place on Mount Panorama this weekend.

The incident

D'Alberto was piloting Maranello Motorsport's Ferrari 485 Italia when he collided with the No. 99 Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin V12 Vantage, driven by Jean-Marc Merlin at the time. Both cars suffered major damage in the accident , which took place at Forrest's Elbow when the Ferrari was trying to work its away around a slower car.

D'Alberto's condition

Merlin was evaluated and released from the track's medical center, but D'Alberto had to be transferred via ambulance to a local hospital for precautionary checks. He was awake and alert following the shunt, but was placed on a stretcher.

Maranello's status

Maranello, the defending victors of the event, will likely not participate in the race due to the extensive and seemingly unrepairable damage sustained during the impact. However, SpeedCafe reports that the team is in talks with AF Corse in a last-ditch effort to make the grid. 

Craft-Bamboo is attempting to repair their car in time for qualifying tomorrow.

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Series Endurance
Drivers Tony D'Alberto , Jean-Marc Merlin
Article type Breaking news
Tags aston martin, craft-bamboo, ferrari, maranello motorsport