VAIDYANATHAN ES­CAPES MON­STER F3 CRASH

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Car­lin’s Ameya Vaidyanathan walked away from a huge crash un­scathed at last week­end’s open­ing Bri­tish F3 race at Oul­ton Park.

Vaidyan­than had a run on HHC Mo­tor­sport’s Sisa Nge­bu­lana head­ing into Cas­cades, but the two cars made con­tact and Vaidyanathan was launched into a the air.

His car flipped nose-to-tail, land­ing se­verely dam­aged. He took some as­sis­tance to get out of the car, and was taken to the med­i­cal cen­tre where he was cleared by med­i­cal staff, but kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion for half an hour as a pre­cau­tion.

“I had a good run on Sisa, he left room on the in­side at the kink go­ing into Cas­cades,” said Vaidyanathan. “I was ahead of him from my point of view and then there was con­tract be­tween his front-right and my rear-left, which was quite dis­turb­ing.

“Af­ter that I felt a few big hits, but had no idea what di­rec­tion they were or where they were com­ing from. I was in shock af­ter­wards, but once the ini­tial trauma sub­sided I was OK. I’m just very grate­ful to the peo­ple from Tatuus [chas­sis builder] for the strength of its car.”

Nge­bu­lana was ex­cluded from the race one re­sult, and handed four penalty points. HHC team boss Char­lie Kemp said: “I think the pun­ish­ment is a lit­tle harsh. Sisa has mis­judged it slightly, par­tic­u­larly with the clos­ing speeds, and it was the light­est of touches, which is why it was such a big ac­ci­dent. Sisa was ob­vi­ously dis­traught af­ter.”

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