18 Jun 2012

Lucky escape for British Le Mans driver

1:06 pm on 18 June 2012

The British motor racer Anthony Davidson will stay in hospital until Thursday after breaking his back in a heavy crash at the Le Mans 24 Hours in France.

The former Formula One driver suffered two broken vertebrae after a collision with a slower Ferrari sent his car flying through the air and into the tyre barriers.

33-year-old Davidson said he felt an almighty punch up his spine when his car crash landed back on the track on all four wheels.

Doctors say the average recovery time from that sort of injury is three months.