Haggerty fights through pain for GT4 win

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Scot­tish ace Ciaran Haggerty was al­most ruled out of last week­end’s Bri­tish GT fi­nale at Don­ing­ton Park af­ter a freak hand in­jury be­fore the event.

Haggerty was rushed to hospi­tal on Tues­day night af­ter an ac­ci­dent at work, in which he sliced through a ten­don at­tached to his right thumb with a hack­saw.

The 20-year-old un­der­went surgery on Wed­nes­day to re­pair the ten­don, and raced the Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren 570S GT4 along­side Sandy Mitchell wear­ing a cast on his thumb and wrist.

The pair won their class to fin­ish third in the cham­pi­onship points. “For­tu­nately I had full move­ment of my fin­gers, so it didn’t in­hibit my abil­ity to drive the car or change gear, but it was the most painful race I’ve ever done,” said Haggerty.

“I was over-com­pen­sat­ing with my left arm and to­ward the end of my hour-long stint it was start­ing to get re­ally painful and as soon as I stopped the car my en­tire shoul­der cramped up.

“I don’t know how I didn’t fall off the podium.”

Haggerty was taken to the med­i­cal cen­tre af­ter the race for checks but re­leased soon af­ter­wards.

Ciaran Haggerty (left) strug­gled on the podium with in­jury

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