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Ingram: Crashing is a part of racing
A 20-year-old racing driver from High Wycombe walked away from a high-speed crash last weekend and then said it all just comes with the territory.
Tom Ingram’s Ginetta G55 hurtled 130mph through the air into a tyre wall at Brands Hatch after being nudged from behind in the final round of the Ginetta Supercup.
However, while he admits to thoughts of what might have been, Ingram insists it’s not something he’ll dwell on.
He said: “On a corner like that there are a lot of what could have beens and I was lucky not to be seriously hurt.
“I only needed to be two feet higher and I’d have gone straight over the tyre wall into the trees.
“But modern safety systems in race cars are so good now. The car stood up to what it’s designed to do.
“Everyone says it must have really shaken you up. Well, not really, no. When you do it all your life you come to expect it. You see it happen every time you go to a racetrack.”
However, Ingram admits it was quite an impact.
He said: “There was no deceleration from the speed that I left the track to when I hit the tyre wall.
“I bounced on the grass, bounced on the gravel and hit the tyre wall in mid air.
“It was an impact of 125mph-130mph. It was huge. It folded the car in half.
“Everything slows down. It’s a weird sensation. You’re looking at what you’re going to hit and thinking, this is really going to hurt.
“The momentum of it spun the car ten or 11 times and I stopped 300-400 yards from where I hit the wall.
“I was very lucky I didn’t go back out onto the track.
“The car was destroyed around me with doors hanging off but as soon as I stopped spinning my belt was off and I was out the car running back down the road because I wanted to be as far away as possible if it caught fire.
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