Tune cleared of serious injury
May 12, 2008
Former Wallaby star Ben Tune has been cleared of serious injury after a horrific crash during a weekend motor race at Barbagallo Raceway.
Tune spent the night in hospital undergoing tests after rolling his car during the Mini Challenge - one of the support categories to the V8 Supercar championship.
The 31-year-old complained of back pain immediately after the accident, but scans and tests gave him a clean bill of health and he was allowed to leave hospital today.
"He's pretty sore as you'd expect," Mini Challenge spokesman Theo Psaros said.
"With these sort of things, they don't like to release them until they are satisfied that everything is OK."
Tune, who won 46 caps for Australia and scored the match-winning try in the 1999 Rugby World Cup final, lost control of his car during the race, flipping the Mini before the car came to rest on its roof.
It took a rescue team 20 minutes to extract Tune from his car before he was placed in a neck brace and on a spinal board.
He was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment, then to a second hospital to spend the night under observation.
Tune is a keen motor racing fan and started driving in the Mini Challenge after his retirement from rugby - Sunday's race just his second in the series.