Haggerty fights through pain for GT4 win
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.