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Shell Inspection

BTCC Series Organiser, TOCA, in conjunction with the FIA has overseen an inspection of three specific vehicles that were involved as part of the multi-car accident at Croft last month.

Luke Davenport (#300 Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus), Jeff Smith (#55 Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R) and Aron Smith (#40 MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6) were all hospitalised following the accident. The three drivers suffered varied and significant injuries, but all have since been released from hospital and are on their respective roads to recovery.

TOCA this week invited representatives from the FIA Global Institute, MSA, BARC, RML, ATL, TOCA Technical Group and BTCC teams to a working group session, where the shells of the three vehicles were thoroughly inspected.

By analysing the comprehensive logged vehicle data, as well as the full suite of available on-board and external video footage, TOCA was able to recreate the angles at which the cars came into contact and understand how the damage was sustained.

Alan Gow, Series Director, said: “The BTCC uses the highest FIA safety regulations, so it was very clear and satisfying to note that all three cars stood up to the forces and impact of this high-speed accident entirely as expected. However, safety is a constantly progressive subject and the primary purpose of this exercise was to both see what could be learned and if current safety requirements could be developed further – not just for the BTCC but for Touring Cars generally.”

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