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TCM racer recounts heavy Adelaide crash

THE opening race of the 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500 weekend has been marred by a major accident.

Danny Buzadzic appeared lucky to walk away unscathed from a sickening impact at the exit of the Senna Chicane in the Touring Car Masters Trophy Race on Friday morning.

The Victorian had been running third on lap 7 of 10 when his Holden Torana A9X suffered a stuck throttle and failed to turn left at the end of the three-turn complex.

Danny Buzadzic’s damaged Torana. Pic: Ross Gibb

Buzadzic’s Torana copped heavy right-front damage against the concrete wall before spinning back across the track.

Although the driver emerged apparently uninjured from his incident, an extensive clean-up meant no more racing laps were turned.

Ryan Hansford and Andrew Fisher made it a Torana one-two ahead of the Valliant Pacer of Cameron Tilley.

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Points leader Steven Johnson finished seventh in the reverse-grid encounter, with three races still to come across the weekend.

Those races will take place without Buzadzic, who confirmed that a stuck throttle was behind his car’s demise.

“The accelerator cable caught on me,” Buzadzic told V8 Sleuth.

“I went through (Turns) 1 and 2, I was flying actually, put my foot flat, and as I came off for the next corner, it was stuck flat.

“I had no time. I was straight in the wall and it spun me around.”

Buzadzic, who runs smash repair empire Western General Body Works, believes the car is repairable.

“I looked at the car when I got out and it looks a bit second-hand, but it’s going to be more cosmetic because it’s side damage,” he said.

“I’ve got until next year to fix it. It’s probably perfect timing.”

Buzadzic campaigns his A9X in the Craven Mild colours famously run by Allan Grice during the late 1970s.

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