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    Kovalainen sufferes heavy concussion after Race of Champions crash

     

    http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/248716/kovalainen-suffers-heavy-concussion-after-crash/

    eikki Kovalainen has revealed the extent of injures suffered for himself and girlfriend Catherine Hyde after the Audi the pair were racing suffered mechanical failures and crashed heavily in the Race of Champions on Sunday. 

    Up against seven-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in a head-to-head which marked the start of the day’s action, Kovalainen’s car suffered a simultaneous stuck throttle and suspension failure which resulted in the Audi R8 shooting through polystyrene lane dividers and across Loeb’s path before suffering a heavy impact with the wall. 
     

    After impact, Kovalainen was knocked unconscious for around half a minute
    After impact, Kovalainen was knocked unconscious for around half a minute

    ‘Been put to bed rest at home as a precaution, heavy concussion, further tests next few days as head took a big hit,’ the Lotus driver explained via his personalTwitter feed. 

    ‘But hey (Catherine) put to bed rest as well because of hairline fractured pelvis, so someone's keepin me company!’
     

    The Finn’s message was followed shortly by another from his English partner: ‘Hospital results: injured hip, pelvis and leg muscles for me, concussion for Heikki! Both of us on bed rest for a while...' 


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    Re: Kovalainen sufferes heavy concussion after Race of Champions crash

    Carlos from Spain:

    Kovalainen’s car suffered a simultaneous stuck throttle and suspension failure which resulted in the Audi R8 shooting through polystyrene lane dividers and across Loeb’s path before suffering a heavy impact with the wall.


    Unbelievable that two failures happen simultaneously.  Smiley


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    Re: Kovalainen sufferes heavy concussion after Race of Champions crash

    This is bad for Audi too Smiley


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    Re: Kovalainen sufferes heavy concussion after Race of Champions crash

    I am quite surprised about the extent of injuries. Marcel Thiemann, one of Manthey´s successful drivers and five-time winner of the Nürburgring 24h race, had been heavily injured in a similiar R8 racecar at Imola earlier this year. In both cases, the chassis itself remained solid.


    Re: Kovalainen sufferes heavy concussion after Race of Champions crash

    Whoever prepared this R8 for the race has some explaining to do. If someone is responsible for a fractured pelvis of my girlfriend, I'ld be seriously mad.


     
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