The Subaru team have confirmed that Chris Atkinson escaped injury in his crash at the end of the opening leg of the Rally GB.
The Australian went off on a patch of ice at the flat-out kink that begins the short Walters Arena stage. He was airlifted to hospital as a precaution, but was due to be released last night. His co-driver Stephane Prevot was unharmed.
Team boss David Richards said the incident proved the effectiveness of the safety systems on the latest Subaru Impreza WRC.
"It is deeply unfortunate that Chris and Stephane suffered such a bad accident today," said Richards.
"We are in close contact with the hospital and it has just been confirmed that he will be released tonight.
"That they are both okay is testament to the strength and integrity of our new car and all the work that the team has put into improving the safety features."
Atkinson's teammate Petter Solberg was due to follow the Australian into the Walters stage, and admitted that the accident had been unnerving.
"When I heard about Chris when we were waiting to start the stage after him, it's scary, very difficult," he said. "It makes you more cautious."
Solberg also echoed other drivers' concerns about using this year's control gravel tyres in the icy Welsh stages.
"With these tyres and no tread cutting, no gravel crew, full ice and rock hard tyres; I just don't know," he said.
"I think the next two days will be the same road conditions too."