Courtney back for V8s on Gold Coast

Holden driver James Courtney has received a medical clearance to return to the V8 Supercars grid on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Courtney has been sidelined since late August when he suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung and deep bruising after being struck by pit equipment whipped up by downdraft from a helicopter during practice at Sydney Motorsport Park.

On Tuesday, Courtney announced he had been given the green light to team with co-driver Jack Perkins at the Gold Coast 600, the final endurance event of the season.

“It’s a relief to be back for my hometown race on the Gold Coast. I’m raring to go,” Courtney said.

“Missing three events, especially Bathurst, was tough, but my doctors tell me I’m OK now and ready to race.”

“After nine weeks out of the car I’m up for it.”

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