A V8 Supercars star is in hospital after a freak accident ruled him out of today’s final practice session at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Courtney was in pit lane when a downdraft from navy helicopter overhead sent advertising signage crashing into him.
It is not known if the accident will rule him out of competition for the rest of the weekend, however.
Shortly afterwards Courtney tweeted a picture of himself in hospital, stating; “Didn’t think this was going to happen today … Doc has me flying.”
Details of the 2010 champion's condition are also unknown but a statement from V8 Supercars confirmed the Royal Australian Navy helicopter had caused the accident.
“ James was unfortunately struck by a piece of flying debris dislodged by the downdraft of a military helicopter display,” the statement read.
“He was attended to by medical staff at the scene and taken to the circuit medical centre for examination. He has since been transported to Westmead Hospital for further assessment.
“The Royal Australian Navy and V8 Supercars have commenced a full investigation into the incident.”
Footage of the accident shows Courtney attempting to shield himself as several pieces of signage fly around pit lane, however, he was unable to prevent one piece of debris striking him in the chest.
Other team members in the area also appear to be struck by the flying material as the attempt to move out of the way.
Morning news break – August 21