Welch will miss next rounds of BTCC af­ter car was de­mol­ished in hefty shunt

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Dan Welch will be forced to miss the next rounds of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship af­ter his Pro­ton Per­sona was de­mol­ished in an ac­ci­dent dur­ing race two at Snetterton last week­end.

The Fleet racer was bat­tling from 17th on the grid when there was con­tact be­tween him and Ol­lie Jackson’s Audi S3. Both cars spun across the pack and sev­eral cars ploughed in to them, in­clud­ing Hunter Ab­bott’s Chevro­let Cruze and Ash Sut­ton’s MG. All drivers es­caped in­jury.

Welch’s car was hit on the rear pil­lar by the un­sighted Sut­ton, and it de­stroyed the Pro­ton.

Welch said: “I just closed my eyes and waited for the hit – I knew it would be a big one.

“The BTCC tech­ni­cal guys and car builder Wil­lie Poole have all looked at the bodyshell, and say it is the most dam­aged NGTC car they have ever seen. I have a few bruises, but oth­er­wise I will be OK. I am gutted.”

Team boss John Welch ex­plained that the trip to Knock­hill in Scot­land on Au­gust 13/14 meant the time­frame was too tight to re­pair the car.

“Dan has to have a day off on Mon­day as his sec­ond child is ex­pected,” said John. “And then there are only seven days un­til we leave for Scot­land.”

Welch’s wife Lucy gave birth to a baby boy on Mon­day morn­ing.

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