NZV8 driver Mark Porter has passed away after a serious accident at Mt Panorama on the weekend which also involved Australian driver David Clark.
The accident occurred in R1 of the V8 Supercar Development Series at Bathurst 1000. While climbing the mountain on the 12th lap of the 14-lap development race, Porter suddenly spun his car sideways, stalled and was left stranded in the middle of the track in an area blinded to oncoming traffic.
Clark sent his Ford Falcon sideways in an attempt to escape collision but crashed directly into Porter's driver's side door.
Emergency response procedures were immediately activated and operated effectively.
Following the initial intervention at the scene and at the circuit medical centre, Porter was transported to Bathurst Base Hospital by road ambulance and Clark was airlifted to Nepean Hospital.
Following stabilisation treatment at Bathurst Base Hospital, Porter was airlifted to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. However, he was suffering from serious head injuries and extensive internal fractures and had been on life support since the crash. He did not recover.
The Porter Family has released a statement, conveying its heartfelt appreciation for the efforts of the medical crews who have been involved all the way through - at the track, at the Bathurst Base Hospital and at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and all of those who transported Mark between those facilities.
"They gave Mark every chance at life, for which we thank them. The family also expresses their appreciation of the efforts of the officials of V8 Supercars Australia, all of whom have done their utmost to support all those involved in this tragedy. The family conveys their best wishes to David Clark and those close to him and wishes him a complete recovery. The Porter family also passes on their sincerest thanks to all of those who have conveyed to us their best wishes and prayers since Friday afternoon. The family asks that the media respect the privacy of our family at this very emotionally stressful time."
The staff at Trader Group would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Porter Family in this difficult time.