DAMN! what the !? brockie is gone! ---------------------------------------------------- MOTOR racing champion driver Peter Brock has been killed in a racing accident in Western Australia. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) said in a statement the accident occurred at about 1.50pm (AEST). Sixty-one-year-old Brock's co-driver, believed to Mick Hone, has been taken to hospital in a stable condition. CAMS said it would conduct a full investigation into the incident. TV footage shows Brock's badly damaged silver Daytona Coupe at the base of a tree beside a road in bushland, a blue tarpaulin covering the windscreen. In the meantime, CAMS and event officials are working with the relevant civil authorities. "On behalf of the motor sport community, CAMS offers its sincere sympathy to Peter's family and many friends," the statement said. Targa West is a tarmac special stage rally. Brock was a dominant figure in Australian motor sport, winning the Bathurst 1000, Australia's most prominent domestic motorsport event, a total of nine times through the 1970s and 80s. He won six Bathurst 1000 wins in seven years, including his victory in the 1979 event, which he won by a record six laps. He retired from full-time driving in 1997. Since then, he had made two return visits to Bathurst in 2002 and 2004 and returned to top-level touring car racing as a team owner of "Team Brock'' in 2002 in the V8 Supercar category. A year later he sold his share in the team to Kees Weel. In recent years, he occasionally competed in various motorsport events such as the Targa Tasmania. Known as "Peter Perfect" and the "King of the Mountain", Brock retired from full-time racing in 1997 but returned to Bathurst to win the 24-hour race in 2003. The editor of Wheels magazine, Jed Bulmer, says Brock was the consummate driving professional who won many accolades, but would best be remembered for his mastery of the race circuit at Bathurst. "You know the great Australian touring car race and a race which is regarded as one of the most difficult touring car races in the world and Peter was the nine-times winner there at what is known these days as the Bathurst 1000," he told ABC radio. "He had a long and very successful career there, he was the 'King of the Mountain' as he came to be known."