Courtney eyeing Bathurst 1000 V8 return

V8 Supercars driver James Courtney is set to have more treatment on his injured ribs in a bid to be fit for next month’s Bathurst 1000.

The Holden pilot broke five ribs and damaged cartilage in a freak accident in Sydney a month ago when he was hit by debris whipped up by a low-flying helicopter.

He has missed that event at Sydney Motorsport Park and the Sandown 500 earlier this month, but hopes the treatment he receives on Friday will help him recover in time for the iconic race at Mount Panorama on October 11.

“Today’s procedure will see pulsed radio frequencies (electrical pulses) put into Courtney’s ribs and the nerve endings `numbed’ to provide pain relief and assist recovery,” said a Holden Racing Team statement.

Courtney is hopeful he’ll be good to go for Bathurst.

“I’m confident today’s operation will get the pain under control and I can come off a lot of the medication I have been prescribed,” Courtney said.

“Hopefully, I walk away pain free from it … (and get) back behind the wheel of my HRT Commodore at Bathurst.”

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