Injured Davenport has first test since crash

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Injured British Touring Car Championship racer Luke Davenport drove a racing car for the first time in five months at Snetterton on Tuesday when he tested Motorbase Performance’s TCR Volkswagen.

The 24-year-old suffered a shattered pelvis and several other serious injuries after a qualifying crash in a Motorbase Ford Focus at Croft in June, and he was in a coma for several weeks.

He has been on a rehabilitation programme since, and finally completed his comeback during a 10-lap run in the team’s TCR VW Golf on Tuesday morning.

“It is such a relief to be back behind the wheel,” said Davenport.

“There were no flashbacks, and I was able to just regain the feeling of driving without anything holding me back, which was the main thing I was worried about before I went out.

“I wasn’t going at 100% – maybe I was about 10% away from that – but this has given me the personal satisfaction that I can still do it. It is a weight off my mind.”

Davenport has a cage screwed to his pelvis and a plate to protect his damaged shoulder. He also has a rod inserted into his leg.

“There was no physical pain as such, but some of the movements inside the car were tricky with the pedals,” he said.

“However, I am only halfway through my recovery.

“I will be fully up to strength by February, according to the doctors.”

Davenport’s ambition is to return to have another shot at the BTCC with Motorbase in 2018.

“Huge thanks to Motorbase Performance boss David Bartrum for letting me run today,” he added.

“We were making real strides with the squad before the shunt, and I would love to return so we can build on that pace.”

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