SpeedSeries news | Prince survives enormous 40G end-over-end Bathurst crash

Prince Abu Ibrahim of Johor has walked away uninjured from an enormous crash at Bathurst’s infamous Mount Panorama.

Driving the Triple Eight Race Engineering-run Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Jamie Whincup, the Prince lost control of his car at the iconic McPhillamy Park.

Ibrahim skated through the gravel and got airborne before making contact with the tyre wall, which sent the car into a pirouette and end-over-end before landing on its roof.

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The Prince was taken to the trackside medical centre for an evaluation and was released shortly thereafter with no injuries.

The session was subsequently stopped and did not resume due to the recovery effort.

Speaking with Wide World of Sports after the incident, Whincup said he was amazed his driver managed to walk away unscathed.

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“He’s fine, which is all that matters really,” said the team owner.

“Massive shunt. The G-graph is out of control, both positive and negative – like, it’s hitting the limit on both ends.

“Huge, huge crash. I can’t believe how fine he is for how big the impact on the data is.

“He’s fine. He wants to get out of the medical centre, but I just said, ‘mate, with the G’s we’ve seen, you’re better off just sitting here for an hour. I know it’s annoying, but it’s best for you’.

“The data shows 40G three or four times, positive and negative. Huge, boom boom boom, as he’s rolling over. He’s a tough little nugget.” 

The seven-time Supercars champion said Ibrahim was surprisingly fast, considering it was his first time at The Mountain.

“He was pushing hard,” said Whincup.

“First time at Bathurst. To do a [two-minute point] eight in one of these cars is pretty impressive.

“He was green sectors. He was on a quicker lap again and he’s just lost the rear over McPhillamy and that’s got the car rolling in the gravel trap.

“Then it’s hit the fence and gone end for end.”

Whincup conceded his weekend in the No.88 entry is done with no plans to commit to an overnight rebuild.

Neither Whincup nor Ibrahim are in contention for a championship having only committed to the series midway through.

Despite the enormity of the incident, the car is repairable.

“From a car on its roof at McPhillamy, it looks better than what I expect to be honest,” Whincup admitted.

“I expected the thing to be a bit of a canoe and unrecognisable. It sort of half looks like a racecar. 

“There’s no chance [to get it fixed] this weekend. There’s no need for everyone to be doing an all-nighter tonight when we’re not battling for the championship. 

“We’ll put it in the truck and analyse if there’s any chassis damage.”

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