Man in critical condition after crash at Teretonga Park

A 65-year-old man was taken by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital in critical condition last night after his Formula 5000 car crashed during a practice race at Teretonga Park yesterday afternoon.

Drivers were on the track testing ahead of today's Classic Speedfest.

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.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said a man had been taken to Southland Hospital with serious injuries.

Mr Jensen said the man was flown to Dunedin Hospital about 8.30 last night.

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

Mr Jensen said motorsport officials were liaising with police.

The Southland Times