Rock singer hurt in race crash

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Mark Knopfler, lead singer of the rock group Dire Straits, lost control of his car in a celebrity race at the Australian Grand Prix Sunday and slammed into a concrete wall.

A trackside official doctor said Knopfler was taken to a hospital and treated for shock and a possible fractured collarbone.


Knopfler was the fastest qualifying driver in the Celebrity Challenge race before the official running of the Grand Prix, officials said. He started the race in the pole position but on the first lap spun off the course and hit a concrete safety wall.

The British singer and composer was the favorite to win the race and practiced at two racetracks during Dire Straits' recent Australian tour.

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