TERANG sprintcar driver Jack Lee is recovering in a Melbourne hospital after being burnt in a race mishap on Thursday night.
The 21-year-old received serious burns to both his legs at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway after a fuel leak ignited.
It’s understood the field had stopped after a crash on the main straight when the incident occurred. Crews were attending to the crash when Mr Lee’s car caught fire. He managed to free himself as crews were making their way to assist.
He was first taken to the Geelong Hospital before being transferred to Melbourne yesterday morning.
A statement released yesterday afternoon said Mr Lee had undergone surgery and skin grafts on both legs yesterday morning and was recovering well.
The statement said Mr Lee is expected to remain in hospital for another week.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said they responded to a call at the speedway just before 8pm. “A young man in his 20s was treated at the scene before being taken to the Geelong Hospital with serious burns to both his legs,” the spokesman said.
Friends took to social media yesterday to wish Mr Lee a speedy recovery. Premier Speedway posted “A big shout out to ‘The General’ Jack Lee who is recovering in hospital after sustaining some nasty burns to his leg last night at Avalon — hope the recovery is quick and he is back behind the wheel real soon”. The post attracted more than 160 likes.
Mr Lee’s aunty Rosie told The Standard yesterday the family was grateful for all the well wishes. “They are really happy with how he is going, there is no permanent injury or anything like that,” she said.