BRACKLEY’S Anthony Davidson crashed out of last weekend’s Le Mans 24-Hour Race in spectacular style after the Toyota he was driving was involved in a high-speed collision with a Ferrari driven by Piergiuseppe Perazzini.
The 33-year-old was attempting to pass the Ferrari at the end of the Mulsanne Straight when the two cars made contact.
The impact caused Davidson’s LMP1 prototype to spin and when the car turned sidewards it lost downforce sending it airborne and flipping before landing back on its wheels.
It then careered into the trackside barriers. Perazzini’s Ferrari also hit the barriers hard, rolling the car upside down.
Davidson climbed from the wreckage of his Toyota before collapsing by the side of the car with back pain.
After he was transported to hospital it became known that he had broken two vertebrae.
Davidson, who could be able to drive again in three months time, said: “Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn’t what I had in mind at this stage of the race.”