Ashley Marshall has revealed the after-effects he suffered from a high-speed crash which effectively ended his season.
The Bempton racer left the track at 100mph during practice at Croft last month, and has decided he will look to come back stronger in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge in 2017.
He said: “It was very tough the first few days after the accident with headaches and having to do basic things much more slowly, especially due to pains in my spine but it was really hard mentally as you begin to doubt yourself and you try to put it to the back of your mind which isn’t easy when everyone wants to know what happened.
“I wanted to get straight back to work both in the car and in the gym, which I couldn’t do, but I’m now back to full fitness.
“After the accident I’ve decided that I’m going to put more of my focus into the 2017 season and spend more time focusing on my fitness, testing and hopefully raising more financial backing for the future.
“Naturally, for the season finale at Donington Park, I still aim for a good result and I’ve now started working with a new driver coach which is very encouraging for future prospects.
“I would like to thank everyone for all of the messages of support over the past few weeks”
Marshall missed the races at Silverstone the weekend after his crash, but remarkably, he was back in action at Croft a week later.
“Croft was a strange weekend for me as I had to borrow another car rather than race my own due to mine still being damaged from the accident,” he said.
“Although we race in a single-make series, you never get a car that is 100% identical to another so the car wasn’t what I’m used to.
“My seat insert for my car didn’t fit the new car so I had to improvise to the best I could, but it still wasn’t great with issues with vision and reaching the pedals.
“I wasn’t 100% fit for Croft but I felt fit enough to compete and considering a mixture of situations I had to cope with I was relatively pleased even if the result didn’t show it.
“We still performed well and made very few mistakes.”