Injured BTCC racer Luke Davenport gives update on recovery

Injured British Touring Car Championship racer Luke Davenport says he is on the road to recovery and has started a physio programme to get him back to fitness

Injured BTCC racer Luke Davenport gives update on recovery

Davenport was injured in a qualifying crash at Croft on June 10 when part of a multiple-car pile-up.


The 24-year-old's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus was struck by Andrew Jordan's WSR BMW 125i M Sport and Jeff Smith's Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R.

Davenport suffered multiple chest injuries, lung damage, a broken right leg, a broken pelvis, broken right arm, a broken collarbone and concussion. He was placed into a medically induced coma.

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He is being treated in the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough and was woken from his coma last week.

Speaking on BTCC-themed internet radio show Tin Top Tuesday, Davenport says that he is gradually returning to health.

"I have only started eating proper food in the last few days now they have taken all the intake tubes out," he explained.

"I have got straight back into the habit, and mentally that has given me a boost.

"I still get tired quickly but I am just starting physio now.

"The physio had me sat off the end of the bed today, and that has all gone really well.

"I can bend both knees and I feel good. I am just desperate to start cracking on with physio really."


Davenport says that the reaction he has had from other drivers and BTCC supporters has also given him a lift.

"The support has been unbelievable. I could be my phone all day to go through all the messages. It has been huge. I keep having soppy moments but I think that must just be the drugs I am on," he joked.

"They are looking after me well - hospital has been amazing. The resources we have in touring cars are so strong when an accident like this happens.

"The people they had on hand to help us out was so impressive.

"Apparently it took them about an hour and a half to get me out of the car and if you think about the intricacies of that and the level those doctors work at - and to be faced with three badly injured drivers - then hats off to them."

Smith has now also returned from hospital and is recovering at home.

The third driver hurt in the shunt, Triple Eight MG racer Aron Taylor-Smith, has a broken leg but expects to be fit in time for the next rounds of the championship at Snetterton on July 29/30.

Tin Top Tuesday will carry the full interview with Davenport in its episode released later on Wednesday. It can be found at soundcloud.com/tintoptuesday.

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