An incident during the Targa West rally has claimed the life of Australia's most prolific motorsports icon. While driving his Daytona Coupe, Peter Brock collided with a tree at speed, wounding his co-driver and sustaining mortal injuries. Currently, no information is available about the cause of the crash, although Mick Hone, Brock's co-driver is in stable condition.

Brock became a household name in his home country of Australia while leading the Holden factory team to nine Bathurst 1000 victories during the 70's and 80's. Brock retired from racing in 1994, only to return three years later, running two more Bathurst's and a number of enthusiast events, like the Targa West.

For a full synopsis of Brock's life and legend, follow this link to the Wikipedia entry.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family, his friends and the nation that bore him.

[Thanks to our tippers, Drew and Supercujo]