Two people were injured after being hit by a car during the Admiral Road Sealed Hillclimb event in Wairarapa.
Two young people were standing in an area not for spectators during a car event when they were struck by a vehicle that had gone off-course.
MotorSport New Zealand CEO Elton Goonan said the pair were lucky to only receive minor injuries after the incident at the Admiral Road Sealed Hillclimb event shortly before 11.30am on Saturday.
Goonan said MotorSport would be conducting its own investigation to figure out what happened “right down to every detail”, alongside police’s investigation.
“It’s definitely not something we like to have happen, so we will be trying to figure out how they got there … The two spectators were standing in what is a non-spectator area down a bank, an area which has never been used for spectating because you can’t see anything coming.”
Goonan said, as the car went around the corner, something broke, causing it to go off the road and over a bank, where the two spectators were leaning against a fence.
He suspects the car was travelling at about 25kmh.
Emergency services were called to Admiral Rd, Admiral Hill, in Gladstone, near Carterton.
A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said the pair had non-life-threatening injuries, but were taken to Wairarapa Hospital’s emergency department for treatment.
Goonan said they spent a night in hospital following the incident, which he says is rare. ”I’ve been in this sport for 18 months, and this is the first time we’ve had to call an event off or any spectators have been injured.”
The event was called off two hours after starting due to the crash.