Eleven cars were involved which resulted in the abandonment of qualifying
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This morning medical updates were released for both Jeff Smith and Luke Davenport following their horror crash last Saturday during qualifying at Croft in the British Touring Car Championship.
We shall start with Smith who revealed this morning that he had left hospital and was on his way home, following a 10 day stint at the James Cook Hospital. The Eurotech driver had been put under heavy sedation, though he was talking by Sunday afternoon, as he suffered seven broken ribs and two dislocated shoulders, one seriously.
We all here wish Jeff the best of luck during his recovery.
Onto Davenport now, who was left in an induced coma following the high speed shunt in which he suffered multiple chest injuries, lung damage, broken right leg, broken pelvis, broken right arm and concussion.
It was confirmed that Davenport was taken out of his coma on Thursday, with Motorbase adding this morning: “Further to his accident during qualifying for round 13 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft circuit on Saturday, June 10th, we (Motorbase Performance) are pleased to report that Luke is now conscious and communicating and has been moved to the high dependency unit at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.”
“Luke’s family have extended their gratitude to everyone that has been in touch; “Luke is getting much better. A huge thank you to everyone who has been in touch, it’s really helped us as family to support him through this difficult time. We have received cards and well wishes from the marshals, fans, extrication crew, medical staff, BTCC drivers, sponsors, staff and fans. We’ve even had messages from teams in LeMans, Mexico City and New Zealand!”
“The BTCC is a big family and we’re very grateful for the support.”
Luke continues his recovery at the James Cook Hospital and we will post further updates under the direction of Luke’s family and would ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.
As with Jeff, all of us here send our best wishes to Luke and we all hope he makes a speedy and successful recovery.