Driver airlifted to hospital after Goodwood crash

A racing driver's condition is said to have stabilised after he was flown to hospital following a crash at Goodwood Motor Circuit yesterday.

Monday, 21st March 2016, 12:07 pm
Updated Monday, 21st March 2016, 1:40 pm
The spectators track walk on Saturday morning. There were two serious crashes on Sunday at the 74th Goodwood Members' Meeting

Driver Michiel Smits was taking part in a race during the Goodwood Members’ Meeting when he crashed shortly before 4pm on Sunday.

In a statement, Goodwood said: “Following yesterday’s incident during the Bruce McLaren Trophy race at 15.45hrs, driver Michiel Smits was taken by air ambulance to the nearest trauma centre, where his condition was stabilised.

“He spent the night in hospital with family members. We wish him a good and swift recovery.

“Goodwood will continue to provide updates as soon as further information is available.”

It was the second accident at the Motor Circuit that day, after Stephen Bond was involved in a dramatic collision that morning, which saw his car flip into the air and appear to land in a tunnel under the track.

He is said to have suffered only a broken collarbone, while Goodwood confirmed that no members of the crowd were injured by a wheel which came off and appeared to land close to spectators.

“Following yesterday’s incident in the Brooks Trophy race at 09.05hrs, driver Stephen Bond was taken to hospital for checks,” Goodwood said.

“Though he did suffer some injuries, Goodwood has been informed that they were not of a serious nature.

“Goodwood was delighted to hear that, given the significance of the incident, nothing more serious was reported. We wish him a good and swift recovery.”

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