V8 Supercar veteran Paul Radisich suffered his second big accident at the Mount Panorama circuit in three years, breaking his ankle in Saturday morning practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The Kiwi had to be cut from the wreckage of his Team Kiwi Holden after crashing at the end of the Chase section in 2006 and ha failed to land a regular drive in the series since. However, he has become a valuable commodity in terms of being an experienced endurance co-driver, and was due to partner Rick Kelly in the HSV Holden team at Bathurst this weekend.
Twenty-four hours on from the two-car accident that hospitalised Paul Weel, Radisich suffered a one-car incident at the top of the Mountain that saw the # Holden clip the wall at about 180km/h, before skipping across the gravel trap and slamming into the waiting barrier head on. It is believed that the throttle stuck on the Commodore.
Despite the speed of the impact, Radisich's injuries appear limited to a badly broken right ankle, and is otherwise okay having been given a preliminary medical check at the one-site medical centre.
Two years ago, the Kiwi had to be cut from his car after a 150km/h crash that ended up with his Commodore hitting the barriers at the end of the Chase. On that occasion, the car rolled onto its right-hand side after the impact, and the safety crews had to cut Radisich from the cockpit after the left-hand side was too badly damaged for the veteran to open the door.
Ironically, on that occasion, he also suffered a broken ankle, but also complained of back pain, resulting in him being airlifted to a Sydney hospital as a precautionary measure.
A further update on Radisich and the HSV car will be provided later today [Saturday], but initial reports suggest that it appears unlikely that repairs can be made in time for either this afternoon's Top Ten Shoot-out or Sunday's race.
Weel's PWR Holden and Chris Pither's Team Kiwi Ford were initially ruled hors de combat
after their incident on Friday, although Team Kiwi was reported to be trying to rebuild its badly damaged Falcon.