Good Friday’s Easter Sprintcar Trail round at Avalon Raceway was cut short due to a freak accident involving a piece of debris from Jason Grayland’s Super Rod catapaulting over the catch fence and into the crowd. Fortunately those involved including a husband and wife from Cranbourne, all are recovering well and are in good spirits about the unfortunate incident.
Cranbourne husband and wife, Peter and Wendy, are regulars to Avalon Raceway and while Friday night’s Super Rod final was underway and nearing five laps to run, Grayland’s Super Rod flipped entering the Melbourne turn and a wheel and part of the axle tore away from the car and entered the crowd hitting Peter.
Peter suffered a broken femur and underwent surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Saturday to repair the damage. Peter also fell onto his wife who aggravated a pre existing back injury and while Wendy was admitted to Geelong hospital she was released later Friday night.
Peter remains upbeat and has a positive outlook on his recovery where he is looking forward to returning to the venue next season. Peter also showed concern for the other fans present that he was the reason for the night being cut short however the Avalon Raceway management assured Peter that his wellbeing was far more important, thoughts that have been echoed by many of the competing teams and fans at Avalon on Friday night.
Peter and Wendy would like to thank the St Johns and ambulance teams that attended to them and the care they took under the circumstances.
Super Rod driver Jason Grayland’s broken back will also take considerable time to heal while he recovers in the Geelong Hospital.
Management at Avalon Raceway wishes all involved a speedy recovery and would also like to thank fans, drivers and crew members who were at Avalon on Friday night for their patience and understanding in this unfortunate matter.
For fans who would like to send well wishes to Peter and Wendy along with Jason Grayland they can do so by emailing the Avalon Raceway office.