Brock "did nothing wrong"
Peter Brock did nothing wrong in the moments before the rally crash which killed him instantly, his injured co-driver said on Saturday.
Speaking from a hospital bed in Perth, navigator Mick Hone told of the crash on Friday which killed Brock, the motor racing legend and his mate of 25 years.
Brock, 61, died when his high-powered Daytona Coupe left the road and slammed side-on into a tree during the Targa West rally near Perth.
Brock's family has accepted Victoria's offer of a state funeral for the man they called King of the Mountain, for his nine famous victories in the Bathurst 1000.
On Saturday flowers and cards marked the spot on the quiet bush road where Australia's greatest motor racing figure lost his life, while a set of skid marks told of the tragic circumstances of the high-speed crash.
Hone, who suffered two broken ribs and a fractured pelvis in the crash, said Brock was turning around a double left hand corner when the crash occurred.
"As we entered the second corner the car seemed to start sliding and Pete tried to correct it but we just slid off the road and basically collected the biggest gum tree there," Hone said from his hospital bed at Royal Perth Hospital.
"When we left the road, we knew what was going on, we could see it coming," he said.
"I hoped that we would just maybe slip past it but it just didn't happen that way and the impact was so severe."
Hone said there was an "almighty bang" and the windscreen shattered and showered glass over them.
Stuck in the wreck, Hone held his friend's hand and tried to talk to him but got no response.
"I think when we hit the tree, virtually it was pretty instant for Peter," said Hone.
He said Brock, also known as "Peter Perfect" for his driving skills and perfectionism, did nothing wrong going into the "fateful corner".
"I certainly didn't feel like Peter made a mistake," he said.
"The car just got out of shape and he couldn't correct it in time.
"He tried to catch it but the car just kept turning around."
Hone said he had always felt safe with Brock behind the wheel and that his friend had been very conscious of the risks involved.
WA police investigating his death have viewed footage from an in-car camera along with other video taken by a motor sports fan watching the race.
Senior Constable Alun Mills said while it was too soon to say what caused the crash, there were no early indications of any vehicle malfunction.
"People have alleged that he was tired, reviewing the video footage that I have seen so far there is nothing that would lead me to believe that," Snr Const Mills said.
"(It appears) the rear of the vehicle has lost traction and shifted out to the right hand side, the vehicle has rotated anti-clockwise, Peter has appeared to try to steer into the slide to correct it, at which point the vehicle has crashed into the tree."
The officer said he had spoken to Mick Hone, who told him Brock had been driving "brilliantly" before the crash.
Hone would be formally interviewed on Monday, Snr Const Mills said.
Brock's partner Julie Bamford visited Hone in hospital on Friday night and he had comforted her as best he could.
"She has got to be strong, we can't change what has happened, we have just got to do our best and move on," he said.
Members of Brock's family arrived in Perth to take his body home to Melbourne.
His 23-year-old daughter, Alexandra Brock, said she was touched by all the tributes to her father, who she remembered not as a hero, but as an absolute dag.
"He was one of those really transparent kind of people in the public eye who the public saw him as who he was, which was a really genuine, compassionate and amazing person," she told reporters.
Ms Brock said her father had been absolutely besotted with his first grandson - her son Oliver, born two months ago.
She said Mr Brock would never have considered giving up racing. "I don't think there was a possibility of ever telling him to stop," she said.
"The only time he ever would have stopped was if he was blind and couldn't use his hands and feet to drive."
Recalling his racing history, Ms Brock said she first realised her father was participating in a dangerous sport when she saw him crash at Bathurst.
"In that flash of a moment I realised my dad is mortal," she said.
"This is actually a very dangerous sport, you know, he was untouchable before that, he had never crashed."
Mr Brock's former wife Bev Brock said Brock, with whom she split in May last year after 28 years together, would be farewelled in style with a state funeral after her children decided it was what their father would have wanted.
"They know their father is into big events, he likes things done in style, with a flourish" she told AAP.
The service will be followed by a private cremation, giving the family a chance to grieve out of the public eye, but details have yet to be arranged.
Meanwhile, the NSW town of Bathurst has become a focal point for motor racing fans grieving for Brock.
Bathurst Mayor Norm Mann said fans had today begun placing flowers around the Mount Panorama circuit where Brock made his name.
And plans are underway to erect a permanent memorial to Brock at the race track.