GRANT Denyer and his co-driver Dale Moscatt are both in hospital following a car-destroying crash at the weekend.
The pair was competing in the Lake Mountain Sprint Rally on Sunday, March 26. Driving a Lotus Exige S V6 Denyer lost control, with the car careening head-on into a large tree.
The TV personality and racing driver suffered a broken finger and coccyx in the shunt, while his co-driver had to be cut free of the wreckage.
Moscatt has been diagnosed with a broken knee and a suspected fractured vertebra.
“I can’t really walk at the moment but it’s sort of getting better each day,” Denyer told Ten News.
Denyer has an extensive racing background, but admitted he was reluctant to re-watch the footage of his shunt.
“It’s a bit chilling when you watch it back,” he added.
“I was kind of in two minds about whether I wanted to see it or not, because I remember it all too vividly.
Had Denyer run wide of the tree, his Lotus may have faced a sheer drop off the side of the alpine road.
“I had to decide whether to hit the biggest tree I had ever seen head-on, or try to avoid it.”
The crash sparked a war of words between the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS), the peak governing body for Motorsport in the country, and the event organiser The Australian Tarmac Rally Championship.
CAMS is calling for a police investigation into the event, which was run under the sanctioning of the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance (AASA).
ATRC Championship director Peter Washington responded in a statement threatening legal action against CAMS for defamation.
The sparring statements are a continuation of rising tensions between CAMS and AASA over safety standards and the treatment of event officials.