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Brock killed in Targa crash

 

Australian motor racing icon, Peter Brock, who won the 1000 kilometre Touring Car race at Bathurst a record nine times, has been killed in a crash during the Targa West tarmac rally in West Australia.

Australian motor racing icon, Peter Brock, who won the 1000 kilometre Touring Car race at Bathurst a record nine times, has been killed in a crash during the Targa West tarmac rally in West Australia.

Reports said Brock’s car hit a tree.

News of the crash and Brock’s death began filtering through late this afternoon, New Zealand time.

Brock was competing in an Australian-built replica of the 1960s Shelby Cobra Coupe, a car he had planned to drive in Targa NZ later this year.

The original Cobra Coupe was built by Texan Carroll Shelby to take the Grand Touring Car fight to Ferrari in the world sports car championship.

The car Brock was driving was powered by a Holden V8, rather than the Ford V8s used in the original Cobras.

Brock’s co-driver was reportedly unhurt in the accident of which there no further details were released immediately.

Brock had been a frequent visitor to New Zealand, as a Holden and HSV ambassador and as a racing driver.

He had raced in the Benson & Hedges long distance series with NZ single seater ace David Oxton, driving a Holden Commodore.

He had also competed in the Wellington street race, and had taken part in road safety advertising campaigns on NZ television.

Though he was mostly associated with Holden, Brock had also raced BMW M3s and Ford Sierra RS Cosworths during the Group A era.

His early racing was in an Austin A30 saloon powered by a Holden six-cylinder engine.


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