Supercars champ: ‘I was ‘sh***ing myself’
Supercars' biggest star, Scott McLaughlin, has revealed the extent of his injuries following Sunday's horrifying qualifying crash at the Gold Coast 600.
The defending series champion suffered a brutal 43G crash which destroyed his Bathurst 1000-winning Ford Mustang and caused doctors to fear he had bleeding on the brain.
Initially the 26 year-old was able to walk from the wreckage and was cleared at the media centre, only to slur and misplace words in two TV interviews directly after.
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That prompted the Supercars doctor, Carl Le, to send McLaughlin to Gold Coast's University Hospital for further scans.
"I went downhill after that last Fox Sports interview," McLaughlin today told his podcast Balls and Bumpers he does with AFL star Jack Riewoldt.
"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."
While the remainder of the Supercar field was preparing for Sunday afternoon's race, McLaughlin was undergoing a CT scan which raised an anomaly - suggesting he could have bleeding on the brain.
"I was stuck in a neck brace which was so incredibly uncomfortable, and then they said 'we want to take you for a CT scan on your head to check it's alright, it should take five minutes," he said.
"But it took 15 or 20 minutes and I thought 'this is weird' - when we came out no one was really talking to me and stuff.
"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.
"So we're going to have to do an MRI, we don't know, it could be bleeding - there were three hours there before the MRI where I was absolutely sh**ting myself, everything is going through my head, me and Karly (his fiancee) were sort of sitting there crying and stuff because it's like 'what's going to happen."
Thankfully by the end of the race which he watched on television, he was given the all clear by medical staff and allowed to go home.
McLaughlin admitted two days on he remains sore, mainly across his chest and shoulders, and especially his groin which bore the brunt of his six point safety belts: "My nuts copped a hammering".
He's hopeful to have a shakedown of his DJR Team Penske's brand new Ford Mustang early next week before the Sandown 500 on November 10.
"I think I've still got to go through a check-up before Sandown, but I should be pretty good," McLaughlin said.
The Ford star holds a comfortable 463 point championship lead over the man who helped him from his stricken car, Shane van Gisbergen - who went on to win Sunday's race in Surfers Paradise.