Craig Gore has emergency surgery
Team Australia co-owner Craig Gore is recovering from emergency bowel surgery in a London hospital and is almost certain to miss the upcoming Nikon Indy 300 on the Gold Coast from 23-26 October 2008.
The popular 41-year-old Queensland based entrepreneur is devastated he may miss the race in which Will Power will drive his Aussie Vineyards-backed entry.
Mr. Gore was in London working with his UK partners on several of his current developments including the Townsville Ocean Cruise Terminal, Breakwater Marina and Hope Harbor Marina.
Michael Adamson, Managing Director of International Marina Development & Management said Mr. Gore started to suffer stomach cramps shortly after arriving in London last week.
"Shortly after arriving in London Craig was suffering discomfort and after receiving treatment it was discovered he had a perforated bowel and required emergency surgery," said Mr. Adamson.
"He is recovering well in hospital and his doctor has ordered him to rest for at least two weeks before he can think about coming home."
Speaking from London Mr. Gore said he was shattered about missing his beloved Indy for the second consecutive year.
Mr. Gore, who makes a significant contribution to the event through his team and event sponsorship, was forced to watch last year's race from his lounge room after suffering an inner-ear injury on a routine helicopter flight.
"I just can't believe this is happening, but I'm on the fast-track to recovery and looking forward to a speedy return," said Gore.
"I am sure every Australian will be 100% behind Will and Team Australia and hopefully they will be able to bring home the winner's trophy."
Gore's General Practitioner, Dr Bill Anseline, has been in constant contact with Gore's UK surgeons since the operation.
"The timing of the treatment for these types of illnesses is vital and thankfully he was diagnosed quickly and successful emergency surgery was carried out," said Dr Anesline.
"He really needs to rest as much as he can and I would hope that everyone will respect his privacy as he gets well enough to travel home."
Team Australia driver Will Power said the entire team wishes Craig a speedy recovery.
"Everyone who knows Craig will know he hasn't taken to this well. Everyone at Team Australia wishes Craig a quick recovery and we look forward to doing the job for him on the streets of Surfers Paradise in front of a huge home crowd." Team Australia