Shane Van Gisbergen of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team during the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains.
Shane Van Gisbergen of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team during the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains. MARK HORSBURGH

Supercars driver in hospital after 12-car pile-up

HOLDEN driver Will Davison was taken to hospital after 12 cars were claimed in a spectacular $5 million Supercars wreck that ruined the race.

In a red flag-marred race at Symmons Plains in Tasmania, Davison was rushed to hospital after being winded in shocking pileup that generated over 9Gs of force.

Almost half the Supercars field was wiped out on just the second lap when 10 Holdens and two Nissans were turned into twisted metal in one of the sport's biggest ever single crashes.

Hurtling down the Symmons Plains straight at more than 200kmh on a rain-drenched racetrack, Holden's Garth Tander was sent spinning across the track after an apparent touch from Cameron Waters.

Tander was trapped in his car for more than 15 minutes while emergency workers sifted through the sea of mangled cars.

"I have no idea what happened," Tander said.

"I could see something was happening with Coulthard and Waters was involved. I tried to stay out of it and someone came and hit me in the rear. There was a lot of big hits and no one had anywhere to go. It sound like there were a few things going on.

"It looks as though Cam (Waters) got me from behind but I am not going to blame anyone. It was stacks on. I was stuck in the cars for 10 or 15 minutes and I couldn't get out of the car because of all the cars."

A Supercars spokesman said Davison was in a stable condition after being winded in the crash and sustaining a possible back injury.

Davsion, Tander, Waters, Coulthard, Rick Kelly, Nick Percat, James Courtney, Tim Slade, Tim Blanchard, James Moffat, Scott Pye, Alex Rullo and Taz Douglas were all involved in the crash.

Only De Silvestro was able to continue in what became a farcical two-lap finish won under safety car by Shane Van Gisbergen.

"First and foremost it is good to hear most people are OK," Van Gisbergen said.

"It was a hard one and there is a lot of damage. I don't really care what everyone thinks about the win and just hope they are OK and that we can go racing tomorrow."

Holden driver Moffat compared the crash to a speedway pile-up.

"I can't make too much judgment because I don't really no what happened," Moffat said.

"I clipped one of the BJR cars and it took the front off. It was a bit like being at Parramatta Raceway on a Saturday night. The glare from the sun and the spray, yeah, we couldn't see much. From what I could see it looked as though a Penske car was squeezing and it all happened from there."

Several cars were ruined in the collision that was still being investigated on Saturday night.

"I am good but the car is not looking to flash," said Walkinshaw driver Courtney. There is a lot of damage to my car. The boys are miracle workers so they will press on and see what they can do."

Officials came under fire for restarting the race for just two laps under safety car with full championship points on offer.

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes made it an all Triple Eight podium.

News Corp Australia

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