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Leigh Hynes was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital on Saturday afternoon following a spectacular high-speed crash in the Carringtons Traffic Services Safari Rally.

The 2013 WA Rally Champion suffered a broken vertebra and bruised kidneys after his Subaru WRX hit a tree on the first stage of the event around Chidlow. Co-driver Stuart Percival limped away from the incident with a torn leg muscle.

The impact of the accident was so intense part of the tree fell onto the car and Hynes said without his HANS head and neck support, he would be in far worse shape.

Hynes praised the emergency response effort after the incident saying: “The Ashendon First Intervention guys were brilliant.”

“I also want to thank fellow competitors Sean Keating and Caleb Ash and our friends Tim and Samantha Allot for their help at the site,” he said.

“The people at RPH have been amazing too and, to my partner Jess, thanks for everything.”

Hynes described the crash as the biggest in his 26 year rallying career.

The Carringtons Traffic Services Safari was the final round of the 2014 WA Rally Championship and, while the Busselton Rally Sport boys were the strongest contenders to take the title, they ended up in third place.

“It definitely wasn’t how we wanted to end the season,” Hynes said from his hospital bed.

“But to our supporters including WA Freemasons, True Blue Alarms and QVEE, don’t worry we’ll be back next year and on a mission to score our fourth joint championship.”

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