Streather bounces back af­ter night­mare Sil­ver­stone Clio shunt

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Re­nault UK Clio Cup racer Paul Streather bounced back from a nasty shunt in Fri­day test­ing at Sil­ver­stone to take a fastest lap in a bor­rowed car.

The Fi­nesse Mo­tor­sport driver crashed into the con­crete wall at Copse on his first fly­ing lap in wet con­di­tions and wrote off the car. The im­pact broke the rollcage and sent it into his leg but hos­pi­tal checks con­firmed he suf­fered no bro­ken bones.

“I missed the tyres and hit the con­crete wall,” said Streather, who won the open­ing race of the sea­son. “I just down­shifted and no-one knows what hap­pened – the front end locked-up and I had no con­trol. It broke the rollcage and that smacked into my leg – I thought I’d bro­ken my leg.”

When Streather knew he had no se­ri­ous in­jury he spoke to 20Ten Rac­ing, cur­rently with­out any driv­ers in the se­ries, and bor­rowed a car.

The team put a set-up on it but Streather still strug­gled in qual­i­fy­ing, lin­ing up 19th, but was soon on the pace, set­ting fastest lap in race two and re­cov­er­ing to twice take ninth.

Streather had strug­gled in re­cent races but found the new car more to his lik­ing.

“It feels bet­ter than my old car,” he said. “It might be a bless­ing in dis­guise. I took 20 places over the week­end and I’m happy with that.”

Streather was in the wars on Fri­day but re­cov­ered in races

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