Christchurch race car driver seriously injured

A Christchurch motorsport driver remains in a serious condition in Dunedin Hospital after his Formula 5000 car crashed during a practice race.

Sixty-five-year-old Stan Redmond was seriously injured in the two-car crash at Invercargill’s Teretonga Park on Friday afternoon.

Drivers had been testing the track ahead of yesterday's Classic Speedfest event.

Invercargill area tactical response manager Inspector Olaf Jensen said two cars were involved in the crash.

"The cars connected with each other as they negotiated a bend ... Both left the track and one came in contact with the tyre safety wall," he said.

Redmond was initially taken by St John ambulance to Southland Hospital, but was flown to Dunedin Hospital later that night.

A Dunedin Hospital spokeswoman said Redmond was in a "serious" condition in hospital today.

A statement from MotorSport New Zealand president Shayne Harris said MotorSport was conducting an investigation into the crash.

"Motorsport carries risk for those who participate and as a result the Sport has robust rules around competition and safety to minimise those risks," he said.

"The sport's thoughts are with the injured driver’s family and friends at this time."

The Southland Times