Welch will miss next rounds of BTCC after car was demolished in hefty shunt
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.
Welch was involved in pile-up