James Courtney has been ruled out of the Bathurst 1000 after missing the last two events due to a freak accident.
Prior to racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, the HRT driver was struck by debris after a low-flying helicopter made a pass over pit-lane. He sustained two fractured ribs and a pneumothorax, forcing him to sit out the weekend and also miss out on the first Enduro of the season at Sandown.
In Courtney's absence, Jack Perkins will once serve as the primary driver at Mount Panorama with veteran Russell Ingall (A two-time Bathurst 1000 winner) returning as his co-driver. The duo finished ninth at Sandown.
"We're not here to mess around and fill a gap. We've got a top five car and we're going to use it," said a determined Ingall in a press conference earlier today.
Courtney will be present at the race to support his team while continuing his recovery.
"I'm recovering well but haven't been given medical clearance to race.
"Still a lot of soft tissue pain. I'm still focused and the Gold Coast 600 is the next target."