Streather bounces back after nightmare Silverstone Clio shunt
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