Qualifying for Australia’s biggest motorsport event, the Bathurst 1000, was halted early into the opening session after last year’s winner, Chaz Mostert, crashed heavily. Mostert’s car bounced from wall to wall on the tricky Forrest’s elbow section of the Mount Panorama Circuit, before coming to rest in the middle of the track.
The Pepsi Max Falcon V8 Supercar was approaching 120mph when Mostert lost control and came terrifyingly close to flying over the wall and off the circuit, where it would have then rolled down the mountain. Mostert was airlifted to hospital with a fractured leg and wrist. Five marshals were also caught up in the incident; four have minor injuries and a fifth has been taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.
Mostert had been favourite to claim pole on the mountain and was hoping to take back to back wins in Australia’s Great Race. He was second in the V8 Supercar Championship standings, behind team mate Mark Winterbottom. Qualifying is due to recommence on Saturday.
See the footage of the Chaz Mostert Bathurst 1000 crash video below: