VETERAN Adelaide Hills driver and Order of Australia recipient Peter Hall has died in Melbourne after his car hit a Lamborghini at the start of a classic cars race at Phillip Island on Sunday.
Mr Hall spent the last three days in a critical condition in a Melbourne hospital after he failed to avoid the stalled Lamborghini Giardo car driven by former Victorian sports car champion Ted Huglin moments after the race began about midday on Sunday.
It was estimated that the crash occurred as Mr Hall’s Datsun 240Z was doing about 100km/h when the crash happened.
The well-known motor mechanic and engine rebuilder, who is in his 70s, suffered a fractured pelvis, chest and neck injuries and went into cardiac arrest on the track.
He has decades of track experience in the under two-litre category and has raced across the nation.
Mr Hall, of Lobethal, was taken to the Phillip Island hospital before being flown by air ambulance to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in a critical condition where he died three days later.
Mr Huglin walked away from the accident before being taken to hospital for observation.
Racing at the final round of the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships was suspended for more than an hour as local police and race officials investigated the incident.
Mr Hall, who has been racing since the late 1970s, has been praised by those in the close-knit racing industry.
Former racing great Baz Burns said earlier Mr Hall was a legend among the community.
“He did a fair bit of racing at Mallala in his Datsuns,” Mr Burns said.
“He was always helping out the younger drivers, offering them advice.”
Mr Burns said Mr Hall would have been well aware of the dangers involved in motorsport.
“We’re all aware of what happens and the dangers involved,” he said.
“It’s always the other guy – but sometimes it happens to you.”
Mr Hall’s family have thanked friends and colleagues for their overwhelming support, best wishes and thoughts. that have been sent through.