Serious crash at Teretonga

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 21:38 15/02/2013
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The wall of tyres at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill.

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A 65-year-old man has been flown to Dunedin Hospital in critical condition after a serious crash at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, this afternoon.

Drivers were on the track testing ahead of tomorrow’s Classic Speedfest.

It is understood the man was driving a Formula 5000 car.

Invercargill area tactical response manager Inspector Olaf Jensen said two cars were involved in the incident at 4.15pm.

"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.

The cars  were removed from the track soon after the crash.

Mr Jensen said the man had been transported by ambulance to Southland Hospital but was flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital at about 8.30pm tonight as his condition became critical.

Duane Fox, a flag marshall at the raceway, said an investigation was under way into the crash.

Mr Jensen said motor sport officials were liaising with police.

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