The opening stage of day three of East Coast Bullbars Rally Calder has been marred by a major accident involving the Aston Martin V8 Vantage of Tasmanians Ivan Thompson and Karl Francis.
The half million dollar Aston Martin made heavy contact after sliding wide on wet grass and contacting a concrete barrier at high speed destroying the left hand door of the car.
Co-driver Francis was transferred to a local hospital for precautionary x-rays following the incident and has been diagnosed with a dislocated pelvis but has been cleared of neck, shoulder and spinal injury. Thompson walked away from the accident without injury.
Car owner Dave Thompson is assessing whether or not the car can be repaired for the remaining rounds of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship.
Meanwhile, Steve Shepherd holds the outright lead in the Four Wheel Drive Championship with the final two stages of the event being held this afternoon and Honda drive Eli Evans heads controls the Two Wheel Drive Championship.
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