John Mccutcheon

Sunshine Coast teen burnt in horror crash in Sydney

A PROMISING young racing driver from Landsborough has suffered burns to 70% of his body in a horror crash at the Eastern Creek track in Sydney.

Seventeen-year-old Brock Giblin was trapped inside his Mazda 3 MPS after it rolled and burst into flames on Friday morning, during an opening practice session for the Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The teenager was reportedly pulled from the wreckage still conscious and taken to Westmead Hospital.

He was transferred to a specialist burns unit, where he was last night in a serious but stable condition.

In March this year, the Year 11 Maleny State High School student took first place in each of his three events in the Cams Queensland X3 Series.

That led to his selection in the first round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Osborne Motorsport.

Team owner Colin Osbourne said the team's thoughts were with Brock and his family and they hoped he would make a quick recovery.

"Brock is at hospital with his father and a number of members of the Osborne Motorsport Team," he said.

"The car is destroyed and was engulfed in flame during the incident.

"While the precise cause of the accident is under investigation, it is apparent that the fire was a result of the accident, and not the cause."

Earlier this year, Brock told the Daily he was a self-confessed "adrenaline junkie" who was passionate about motor racing.

"Any victory I have is a shared victory with my dad Peter and everyone else who has helped me and taught me along the way," he said.

"Some people have told me I am defying logic when they see me in the small Excels when I have such a big frame, but for me I am just out there doing the best I can."

The tragic news has shocked Coast people who know the family.

Sunshine Coast Radio Control Car Club president Aaron Chambers, who took over the position from Brock's dad, Peter, described him as a "great kid".

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "He's lucky to be alive.

"I started in the club just as Peter and Brock started to race in real-life cars - they're really into their cars."

The club's secretary, Lars Karlsson, lives on the same street as the Giblin family and has known them for seven or eight years.

He said many people had contacted him, trying to get in touch with the family.

"At the moment I think they want to be left alone," he said.

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