BTCC driver Davenport in induced coma, Smith has serious injuries

British Touring Car Championship racer Luke Davenport is in an induced coma and Jeff Smith has serious injuries after an accident in qualifying at Croft yesterday

BTCC driver Davenport in induced coma, Smith has serious injuries

Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R driver Smith and Motorbase Performance Ford Focus man Davenport were involved in a multi-car pile-up early on in the qualifying session at Barcroft corner.

Both drivers had to be cut from their cars and were taken to the circuit's medical centre to be stabilised before being transferred to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough.

A statement from TOCA, the BTCC organisers, said: "Luke Davenport is currently in intensive care in an induced coma, and is in a serious but stable condition, with multiple chest injuries, lung damage, broken right leg, broken pelvis, broken right arm and concussion.

"Jeff Smith is in a serious but stable condition, with multiple chest injuries, extensive shoulder injuries, broken left arm and concussion.

"All of the above injuries, whilst very serious, are not immediately life threatening."

Triple Eight Racing MG driver Aron Taylor-Smith was also involved in the accident and was knocked unconscious.

He was helped from his car and was taken to the circuit's medical centre for checks.

He was later transferred by road to the James Cook Hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured leg.

He will attend today's meeting but will not take part.

Ash Sutton (Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT), whose car also picked up damage in the accident, will start the day's opening race from pole position.

UPDATE: This story originally referenced Jeff Smith as also being in an induced coma, based on information supplied by officials.

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