V8 crash driver Cooper dies
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) confirmed V8 Supercar driver Ashley Cooper passed away in Royal Adelaide hospital today.
Cooper, 27, of Ulladulla in NSW, died following a crash in last Saturday's Fujitsu development series race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
An experienced motor racing competitor, Cooper was critically injured when his vehicle impacted with a safety barrier at the exit of a corner at speeds of more than 200kph.
A spokeswoman from Royal Adelaide Hospital said Mr Cooper had
about 1pm surrounded by family members.
Cooper was quickly attended to trackside by the event's senior medical personnel and subsequently transported to the Royal Adelaide Hospital by ambulance.
CAMS President, Colin Osborne, said that Cooper's passing was something that would be felt by the entire Australian motor sport community.
"Firstly our thoughts and sympathies go to Ashley's family and friends, particularly his wife Casey and two children and parents Alan and Maree," said Osborne.
"It is always a very sad day when any member of the motor sport community is taken from us.
"The motor racing community involves a close knit group of competitors and officials and I know that everyone will be feeling the loss of Ashley.
"CAMS will conduct its own full independent investigation to determine the circumstances leading to the incident.
"In the mean time, CAMS and event officials are working with the relevant civil authorities to assist with their investigations."
CAMS chief executive Graham Fountain said the family had been offered counselling and support services.
V8 Supercars Australia chief executive Wayne Cattach is due to hold a press conference on the Gold Coast.
CAMS will provide further details on Cooper's funeral arrangements when they become available.
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