The Bend Motorsport Park co-owner Sam Shahin has revealed that he suffered two ‘crushed vertebrae’ amongst other injuries sustained after his accident in qualifying at the Bathurst 12 Hour last week.
In addition, Shahin also suffered a neck injury, as well as a broken rib and fingers. He was air-transferred from Bathurst to hospital in his hometown of Adelaide following his accident.
Nasty accident last week. Two crushed vertebrae, a neck injury, a broken rib and fingers. Long road to recovery from here. We take so much for granted. Thank you to all the well wishers. The support is greatly appreciated. https://t.co/2rseiu9OaB
— Sam Shahin (@samshahin_) February 6, 2020
The accident occurred mid-way through the first qualifying session of the Bathurst 12 hour. Shahin was tagged from behind by the Wall Racing Lamborghini on the exit of McPhillamy Park, firing the Mercedes AMG into the concrete wall on the right. The car then rebounded across the track, coming to rest against the wall on the left, just on the entry to Skyline.
Whilst the following #34 Walkenhorst BMW and #91 Racer Industries MARC II managed to slip past the stricken AMG, Tyler Everingham in the #92 Racer Industries MARC II clipped the rear of Shahin’s car, resulting in a further incident for the #92 over Skyline.
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Shahin was helped out of the car by the driver of the #19 Griffith Corp AMG Dirk Mueller and was able to walk from the scene of the crash.
As a result of the accident, the #777 Bend Motorsport Park Mercedes AMG was one of a record 5 cars withdrawn from the Bathurst 12 Hour prior to the start of the race. The car had shown pace earlier in the weekend, with Anton De Pasquale putting the car into second at the end of FP4.
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