Herne taken to hospital after Phillip Island S5000 crash
Nathan Herne has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks after his nasty S5000 crash at Phillip Island.
The Garry Rogers Motorsport made a lightning start to today's feature race, which saw him immediately close in on pole-sitter Thomas Randle.
However Randle moved to the right just as Herne wanted to squeeze past, contact with the right-rear of Randle's car sending Herne skyward.
After a violent landing he immediately signalled to medical crews and the race was red-flagged as he was attended to while still in the car.
He eventually climbed out and walked to the ambulance for checks in the medical centre.
An S5000 spokesperson has since confirmed to Motorsport.com that Herne has been transferred to hospital for further checks, however there are no concerns about any serious injuries.
Randle, meanwhile, escaped penalty for the clash after on-board vision showed a dose of wheel spin was a major contributing factor.
"Herne got quite a good start and when I went to cover it with a bit of right-hand down the thing just broke into wheel spin," he told Motorsport.com.
"That put the car across the right quicker and the next thing I knew Herne had hit the back of my tyre and shot up in the air.
"I'm just glad he's alright. I saw him before he got loaded into the ambulance so I had a quick chat with him. They're following all the necessary precautions."
Randle added that he was nursing damage as he slipped back to fourth after the race was restarted.
"I'll be surprised if there's no toe-in or the cross weights are out massively or something like that," he said.
"It was really difficult to drive. I'm surprised I held on to the lead for so long.
"At least we came away with the championship lead. Yesterday was a really good day for us, but today was one of those days."
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