Penske V8 Supercars driver Scott Pye has been transferred to Orange Base Hospital after crashing out of the Bathurst 1000.
Pye was running 11th when a suspected steering arm failure sent his DJR Team Penske Falcon hurtling in to the wall at Sulman Park on Lap 138.
The crash destroyed the car, and has resulted in Pye being transported to hospital with what is suspected to be broken ribs.
“The whole DJR Team Penske crew were devastated as we watched Scott’s accident from the pits,” said the team’s managing director Ryan Story.
“The team’s performance this weekend, led by Scott, has been outstanding, so it is very disappointing to see him crash out in such a way.
“Our initial technical inspection suggests the car may have broken a steering arm on the run down into Reid Park pitching Scott into the wall.
“He is battered and bruised of course, and we suspect he may have broken one or two ribs. Dr Carl [Le, V8 Supercars medical delegate] is supervising some checks at the Orange Base Hospital so we know he is in great hands.
“We wish Scott the speediest of recoveries.”
The crash puts Pye in doubt for the Gold Coast 600 in two weeks, meaning the team may have to look for a replacement driver to partner Marcos Ambrose.