Ashley Marshall admits he had an incredible escape after crashing at 100mph in testing yesterday.
The Bempton-based racer was at the Croft circuit, practising ahead of this weekend’s Ginetta GT5 Challenge round at Silverstone.
He suffered head, back, neck and chest injuries after losing control as he entered the Sunny In section of the North Yorkshire track.
Initial fears that he had broken his back have been allayed, and the 21-year-old even wanted to get back in the driving seat this weekend, but medics have talked him out of it.
Marshall told the Free Press: “I’m OK although apparently I’m lucky to be alive. I could have race this weekend if I could have taken a high dose of pain killers but the team and my dad didn’t want me to go ahead.
“At first I thought I had broken my back as everything went black and I was in agonising pain through my spine.
“After getting out of the car I wasn’t so sure of where I was or what had happened. The paramedics tried to take me to the ambulance but I was trying to find out the damage of the car and I begged my team to let me race this weekend.
“The car is now written off after the chassis was cracked, the engine moved forwards and the gearbox was ripped out. My injuries are very minor compared to what could have been.
“The day started off very well as I was fastest on circuit and my times were very consistent. As the circuit got more temperature there was more and more grip and each lap I was gaining more and more time.
“As I came through into Sunny In after taking Barcroft corner at full speed the car unsettled and ran wide on to the grass.
“I tried to aim for an escape road but the car lost control and after that I was a passenger and could do nothing. I let go of the steering wheel to avoid breaking my wrists.”
Having been talked out of racing at Silverstone this weekend, Marshall is hopefully of being back in action at Croft, the scene of his horror crash, when the championships head there later this month.
“I would like to thank all of my team, friends and other supporters for their help and encouraging support.”