2017 FRD LMP3 champion James Winslow has been hospitalised after his accident in today’s Gulf 12 Hours race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The British racer, who has competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours multiple times, suffered an apparent brake failure on initial braking in the #1 GRAFF Ligier JS P3 during the first half of the Middle-Eastern endurance race, and went head-on into the barriers at Turn 11.
The impact destroyed the front of the car and brought out a lengthy safety car period that lasted over 90 minutes for barrier repairs.
Winslow climbed out of the Ligier under his own steam, but as he explained to DSC, he passed out and was subsequently taken to hospital, with multiple serious injuries.
“It was a huge impact,” Winslow told DSC, I passed out at side of car and I’m in hospital now with a fractured vertebrae in my lower back, heavy bruising to my chest and a concussion.
“If it wasn’t for F1 double layer safety barrier there I dread to think what would have happened.
“I’ll be staying in Abu Dhabi for a while apparently.”
Everyone at DSC wishes James well in his recovery.