Friday, September 08, 2006

RIP Peter Brock

After the tragic news that was Steve Irwin's death from a sting-ray, it has just been released that Peter Brock this morning in a race crash during the Targa West tarmac rally in Western Australia.

Sky News and ABC News are reporting that while driving a Daytona Coupe in Targa West he left the road and hit a tree:
Racing legend Brock killed in car crash

Australian motor-sport legend Peter Brock is dead after his car hit a tree east of Perth today.

Brock was competing on the first day of the Targa West Rally when his vehicle hit a tree near the small community of Gidgegannup.

His co-driver has been taken to hospital but his condition is not known.

Brock was 61 years old. No other cars are believed to have been involved.

Known as 'Peter Perfect' and the 'King of the Mountain', Brock won the Bathurst 1000 nine times in the 1970s and 1980s and won the 1979 race by a record six laps.

He retired from full-time racing in 1997 but returned to Bathurst to win the 24-hour race in 2003.

The news of Steve Irwin's death was a shock, but this has been a bigger shock. I grew up watching Peter Brock racing in the Australian Touring Car Championship and especially his wins at Bathurst. I remember watching his huge crash in the Chev Monza at Adelaide International Raceway back in the mid 80s and people were shocked he escaped from that one.

I'm sure we will find out more of the next few hours and days...

Peter was a legend and will be missed by the hordes of fans (not just Holden fans either) around the country...

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