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Boardman escapes injury in Marrakech shunt

8 April 2013

Tom Boardman was left to reflect on a tough weekend in Morocco after a heavy accident in the warm-up ruled him out of the second meeting of the World Touring Car Championship in Marrkech.

The ex-BTCC race winner made clipped the Chevrolet of Alex MacDowall and made heavy contact with the barriers at turn seven when he suffered brake failure on his Special Tuning Racing-run SEAT Leon – with his car suffering extensive front-end damage as a result.

It caused the session to be red-flagged and resulted in delays to the support programme as track repairs were carried out, with Boardman undergoing precautionary checks at Marrakech's military hospital before being released.

"It wasn't a good experience,” he told the official WTCC website following his release. “Everything was going very well and my lap-time was pretty good as well.

"I could see [Alex] MacDowall in the distance and I tried to get his tow. But when I got to turn seven and eight, I pressed the brake pedal and nothing happened. In a split second, I found myself in the wall.

“I'm very sore… down below and it is not a good feeling, I think I will feel even worse tomorrow. I was sent to the hospital where I had a check-up. Everything is alright with me, unfortunately I cannot say the same for the car."

MacDowall meanwhile reflected on a lucky escape having avoided more serious contact from Boardman's out of control machine.

“I couldn't believe it when I saw Boardman's car come flying across,” he said. “He hit the sausage kerb and that launched him over my bonnet – without that he was heading for me, the driver's side. It's very lucky he hit the kerb otherwise it doesn't bear thinking about.”

STR now faces a race against time to repair Boardman's damaged car for the next round of the WTCC season in Slovakia in three weeks.


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