Two spectators have escaped serious injury after being struck by a tyre during a support category qualifying session in Newcastle.
The tyre ended up over the safety fence following a crash between two V8 Utes competitors on the way out of Turn 9 this morning, leading to two spectators being treated for minor injuries.
"Today, at approximately 9am, during qualifying for the V8 Utes Series, two spectators suffered minor injuries when part of a tyre dislodged from a competitor’s vehicle," read a statement from Supercars.
"Emergency response teams were on the scene in minutes. At this time, exact details are unknown although it is confirmed two spectators, one male and one female, were taken to the trackside medical centre with minor knee and ankle injuries.
"Incidents of this nature are extremely rare. The safety of competitors and spectators is paramount, with the circuit certified to the highest global safety standards by the governing body of world motorsport, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), and the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS).
"Further statements will be issued by Supercars as information comes to hand."
The V8 Utes session was red-flagged and not restarted, although action has now resumed at the brand new street circuit.