Ex-F1 driver Davidson in huge Le Mans crash
17 June, 2012
17.Jun (Reuters / Apex) Toyota’s British driver Anthony Davidson suffered a ‘broken back’ after a massive accident in the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race while champions Audi led until the finish on Sunday in 1-2-3 formation.
Davidson was taken to hospital after his Toyota tagged a Ferrari sportscar he was lapping in an accident that brought out the safety car with just five hours gone.
The Toyota took off and twisted 360 degrees through the air before plunging into the tyre barriers at Mulsanne Corner, the end of the fast Mulsanne straight where cars reach speeds of more than 330km/h.
The 33-year-old, an ex-Formula One driver and grand prix analyst for Sky television, climbed out of the number eight car and gesticulated before receiving treatment from the medical team at the Sarthe circuit.
The AF Corse Ferrari hit the barriers and overturned but Italian driver Piergiuseppe Perazzini was also able to extricate himself.
Toyota said Davidson had been walking and talking normally before being taken to hospital. The Briton later confirmed the extent of his injuries from the crash on his Twitter site.
“Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn’t what I had in mind at this stage in the race,” he said. Conflicting reports have emerged about Davidson’s condition, with initial reports during the race indicating that Davidson was suffering from “severe bruising and shock”.