Freak road crash proves costly for Rab­bitt


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Lead­ing Ir­ish club driver Barry Rab­bitt has been left count­ing the cost of re­pairs to his For­mula Re­nault ma­chine after it was badly dam­aged in a freak road ac­ci­dent last week.

Rab­bitt was trans­port­ing the two-litre car he races in the Ir­ish For­mula Li­bre class to a test day at Kirk­istown when the ma­chine broke free from its trailer straps and slid into the road, where it was hit by an on­com­ing van.

“I have no idea how the car got loose of its straps and I’d even stopped mid-jour­ney to check the straps and they were fine,” said Rab­bitt.

“One the­ory is that a tyre was flat and as it de­flated on the jour­ney its cir­cum­fer­ence re­duced and that had the ef­fect of slack­en­ing the straps.

“The car rolled off the trailer and bounced off a kerb on my side of the road be­fore slid­ing into the path of the on­com­ing van, who had nowhere to go. The car broke in half when it was hit, with the en­gine and gear­box and rear wing end­ing up in a hedge.

“I think it can be fixed but might be be­yond eco­nom­i­cal re­pair. I have to do a parts list and do the maths. For­tu­nately my race sea­son was over any­way, but I was plan­ning to run a Scot­tish karter in it to help him out with some ex­tra mileage over the win­ter.”

Rab­bitt’s For­mula Re­nault rolled off trailer and was hit by van

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