Australian motor-sport legend Peter Brock is dead after his car hit a tree east of Perth today.
Brock was competing on the first day of the Targa West Rally when his vehicle hit a tree near the small community of Gidgegannup.
His co-driver has been taken to hospital but his condition is not known.
Brock was 61 years old. No other cars are believed to have been involved.
Known as 'Peter Perfect' and the 'King of the Mountain', Brock won the Bathurst 1000 nine times in the 1970s and 1980s and won the 1979 race by a record six laps.
He retired from full-time racing in 1997 but returned to Bathurst to win the 24-hour race in 2003