Ab­bott re­lieved af­ter car al­most ends up in crowd

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Matt James

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship racer Hunter Ab­bott says he thought his car was go­ing to end up in the crowd af­ter a hor­rific start line ac­ci­dent at Snetterton on Sun­day.

The Power Maxed Rac­ing Chevro­let Cruze man clipped cars that were al­ready crash­ing ahead of him away from the line at the start of race three and launched his machine in to a bar­rel roll.

Ab­bott’s car rolled along the top of the bar­rier and smashed into a cam­era tower, flat­ten­ing the 12ft struc­ture and knock­ing the cam­era­man, Phil White, to the floor. White es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury.

“I didn’t know I had hit the TV po­si­tion but I felt it rolling,” said Ab­bott. “When I felt it hit the bar­rier, I know the spec­ta­tors aren’t very far away and I was re­ally wor­ried that I had gone over the bar­rier and I was go­ing to end up in the crowd area. When it stopped and I re­alised I was on top of the bar­rier, I was so re­lieved.

“It is one thing for us, as drivers, to go out and take a risk but we shouldn’t be putting other peo­ple in that po­si­tion. Maybe there should be some proper catch fenc­ing there.”

Photos: Jakob Ebrey

Chevro­let driver struck cam­era scaf­fold­ing tower in race three Ab­bott was re­lieved af­ter shunt

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