Courtney to miss Bathurst

  • 07/10/2015
  • By Kassie Gadeke
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Holden Racing Team will announce this morning that James Courtney will miss the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

After a freak accident at Sydney Motorsport Park, the 2010 V8 Supercars Champion was left with five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

While reports since suggest Courtney's recovery is coming along well, the Daily Telegraph has revealed Courtney will miss the Great Race.

After stepping in at the Wilson Security Sandown 500, veteran and two-time Bathurst winner Russell Ingall will pilot the #22, with Jack Perkins stepping up to assume the primary driver role.

The pair finished ninth at Sandown after Ingall's late call-up from the FOX commentary booth to steer the car.

Perkins raced full-time last season and had a strong showing at the Bathurst race. A late drive-through penalty for a pit-lane infringement saw them tumble down the order with no recovery in 2014.

Courtney is on his way to Mount Panorama to support his team and will speak at a press conference at 11am this morning.

UPDATE: The Holden Racing Team and James Courtney confirmed at 11am this morning he would not be driving at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Courtney, however, is focused on a return for the next event later this month at the Gold Coast. Click here for the full story.

Russell Ingall has expressed his confidence in the team and the car ahead of the race, saying he and Jack Perkins could be on for a podium finish.

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