Team Australia co-owner Craig Gore is almost certain to miss the Nikon Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise after undergoing emergency bowel surgery in a London hospital this week.
Gore was in London working with UK partners on several current developments, including the Townsville Ocean Cruise Terminal, Breakwater Marina and Hope Harbour Marina, when, according to International Marina Development & Management MD Michael Adamson, he started to suffer stomach cramps.
“Shortly after arriving in London, Craig was suffering discomfort and, after receiving treatment, it was discovered he had a perforated bowel and required emergency surgery,” Adamson confirmed, “He is now recovering well in hospital, but his doctor has ordered him to rest for at least two weeks before he can think about coming home.”
The 41-year old Queensland-based entrepreneur admits to being devastated at the news that he may miss his 'home' race for the second straight year, especially having campaigned hard to keep it on the unified IndyCar schedule. Gore makes a significant contribution to the event through team and event sponsorship, including running fellow Australian Will Power in the Aussie Vineyards-backed entry, but was forced to watch last year's race from his living room after suffering an inner-ear injury on a routine helicopter flight.
“I just can't believe this is happening, but I'm on the fast-track to recovery and looking forward to a speedy return,” he said from his hospital bed, “I am sure every Australian will be 100 per cent behind Will and Team Australia and, hopefully, they will be able to bring home the winner's trophy.”
Gore's regular medic, Dr Bill Anseline, has been in constant contact with UK surgeons since the operation, and admits that the team owner was fortunate that his condition was recognised.
“The timing of the treatment for these types of illnesses is vital and, thankfully, he was diagnosed quickly and successful emergency surgery was carried out,” Anseline said, “He really needs to rest as much as he can and I would hope that everyone will respect his privacy as he gets well enough to travel home.”