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Legge back behind the wheel

Katherine Legge returned to Champ Car action yesterday at Sebring, testing her PKV Racing car just five days after her shunt at Road America.

The Briton, who escaped from the 165mph accident with nothing worse than a bruised knee, said: "I had no issues getting back in the car. Actually, it felt really good. Then, as soon as I drove out of pitlane for the first run, I felt like I always have.

"There were some things the team wanted to test for Surfers Paradise and I had a test day available, so it seemed like the logical thing for me to get back in the car. We accomplished a lot today and I feel good about the results."

Legge turned a 51.8-second lap of the 1.66-mile Sebring short course in a 150 mile test, setting up her back-up car.

Her original race car was destroyed in the Road America shunt which was caused by losing rear end downforce when the main element of her rear wing flew off as she headed into the seventh-gear kink, Turn 11.

The Lola-Ford hit the wall and destroyed itself in a series of somersaults and flips, but the cockpit tub remained intact throughout, allowing Legge to escape without injury.

PKV Racing General Manager Mark Johnson said: "We are very pleased with the way the test went today. Of course, one of our goals was to get Katherine back in the car as quick as possible. There was no apprehension whatsoever on her part and she was right up to speed.

"In addition, we wanted to test some things and get ready for Surfers Paradise. The test went very well, Katherine did a great job and the whole PKV Racing team is looking forward to the race in Australia."

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