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Supercar Driver James Courtney Will Miss The Bathurst 1000 Final

The starting grid of this weekend’s Bathurst 1000 will be missing a star frontrunner with Holden Racing driver James Courtney pulling out due to freak pitlane accident back in August.

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Veteran race driver Russell Ingall has been called in to replace the 2010 V8 champion alongside his teammate Jack Perkins for this Sunday’s final 2015 round. Courtney’s accident occurred in the team’s pitlane when a low-flying helicopter propelled a sign into Courtney’s ribs, causing him to suffer a punctured lung and five broken ribs.

The injured driver has been trying to speed up his recovery with electrical pulses applied to his nerve endings around his ribs but has admitted that there is still a lot of soft tissue pain.

“I’m recovering well but haven’t been given medical clearance to race,” Courtney said to reporters. “I’m massively, massively annoyed…I’m gutted.”

Courtney said that he plans to be back behind the wheel at the Gold Coast 600 from October 23rd.

[via ABC/AAP]

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