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A man has been critically injured in a drag racing accident at a Sydney raceway.

Paramedics were called to Sydney Dragway about 5.15pm today to what a witness described as a fire involving a car’s engine, a New South Wales Ambulance spokesperson told 9News.com.au.

Top Fuel Australia confirmed there’d been a “start line incident” involving the Jim Read Racing team at today’s Nitro Champs at the Eastern Creek venue.

The crowd lit up their phones at the Sydney Dragway. (Top Fuel Australia)

The ambulance spokesperson said four people were taken to hospital, including a man believed to be in his 20s who was in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital.

He said the man suffered burns while others received minor injuries.

Top Fuel Australia asked fans to “send love and care” to the affected team.

“A full investigation is underway with IHRA Australia, the sanctioning body at Sydney Dragway,” the organisation said about 8.15pm, on Facebook.

“Given that, Top Fuel won’t make any further comment at this time except to say that our thoughts are with the team members involved, and that they’re all in good hands.”

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