Scott McLaughlin has revealed he was rushed to hospital after doctors feared he was bleeding from the brain after his crash at the Gold Coast 600.
McLaughlin was taken to hospital for observation but was later discharged with a clean bill of health following his shocking crash that left his Mustang on its side on turn four on Saturday.
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But McLaughlin has revealed the extent of the injuries following the scary incident.
The V8 superstar was fortunate to walk from the wreckage and conducted a few interviews following the crash.
But after misplacing a few words during the interview, McLaughlin was advised to head to hospital.
“I was cracking jokes...I was like ’I want to go have a beer and at least watch the race with the team’, but then I went downhill after that last Fox Sports interview,” McLaughlin told the podcast Balls and Bumpers.
“I went in and they said the impact I had, once they got the G ratings, was the equivalent of someone who’d been through trauma – so I was a trauma patient from that point on.
“I went to the hospital, I was lying on the bed for about 40 minutes, there were like 400 doctors around me, it was full-on.”
McLaughlin underwent a CT scan in the hospital when the doctors told him there appeared to be an anomaly in the scan.
“They said ‘we just saw a bit of an anomaly on the brain, it’s meant to be 50-50, parallel, what the brain looks like, but it does look like yours has moved in some ways and there’s a little bit of fluid or substance there,” he said.
The 26-year-old said his fiancee and himself endured a horrible wait for the MRI and the results, but was thankfully given the all-clear.
While McLaughlin said he remains sore, especially around crotch reason which bore the brunt of the impact due to the six-point safety belts, he is hopeful to compete in the next event at Sandown 500 on November 10.
Investigation launched after debris found on balcony
Drivers have since dismissed fears the Gold Coast track is too dangerous despite the tough street circuit taking out two of Supercars' biggest names, with McLaughlin’s crash reportedly leaving debris on a nearby hotel balcony.
Supercars and governing body Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) launched a joint investigation on Sunday night after a social media post showed a fan holding a shock absorber they alleged had landed in their hotel following McLaughlin's accident.
Ford star Chaz Mostert was another major scalp of the concrete wall-lined track, crashing out in Saturday's qualifying and failing to contest either of the Gold Coast 600's 102 lap races, ending his faint championship hopes.
But Supercars stars Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen refuted criticism that the tight Gold Coast track needed more safety measures ahead of next year's round.
"The track is not unsafe. It's been the same for a long time," seven-time Supercars series champion Whincup said.
"We are just pushing the limits, that is what sport is all about.
"The tougher the competition gets, the more you have to run closer to the limit.