A 17-year-old racing driver from Northamptonshire had a lucky escape after he crashed into a concrete wall at Donington Park Racing Circuit while travelling at 100mph.
Ryan Savage, of Potterspury, was taking part in a track day in preparation for his race next month when his Lotus Elise race car suffered a suspected suspension failure as he approached a sharp left hand bend.
With no control over the direction of his vehicle, the teenager slammed into a concrete wall on the side of the track.
Despite the fact the car was a complete write-off, Ryan managed to escape the crash with a just a shoulder injury and mild concussion.
Ryan said he now wanted to raise awareness of the dangerousness of having a concrete wall at the racing circuit.
He said: “I believe the concrete wall is dangerous. If I had hit the wall head on or been travelling with a passenger it could have been a lot more serious and someone could have been severely injured or worse.
“I remember getting out of the car then sitting down at the side of the race track but I don’t remember anything after that”
Dramatic footage from a camera inside Ryan’s car shows the moment his vehicle slides off the track and crashes into the concrete wall. Earlier in the day he had set the fastest lap of the day.
The teenager is now recovering from his rotator cuff injury, suffered during the crash on March 10, but is hoping to get back into the race car as soon as possible.
It could have been a lot more serious and I could have been killed.Ryan Savage