Guillaume Moreau has been making progress in hospital following surgery after his accident during the 24 Hours of Le Mans test day last Sunday.
A statement from his OAK Racing team said that “the prognosis is encouraging”, as Moreau remains at the University Hospital of Angers.
The statement highlighted the fast response of the medical team at the circuit during Moreau's extraction from the car and in taking the decision to transfer him to the specialist unit in Angers.
Upon arriving in Angers, Moreau was treated by the resuscitation team and neurosurgery specialists.
“Neurosurgeon Dr. Olivier Lucas worked quickly to relieve pressure around the spinal cord throughout the six hours following Guillaume's accident,” said the statement.
“This pressure had been generated by the compression of the twelfth vertebra. The fracture was also stabilised during this time. Surgery was considered a success and no further injuries were found, allowing the medical team to fully focus on the problem at hand.”
Moreau has been recovering sensations in his legs and gaining strength in the area.
“Such encouraging progress has seen thoughts now turn to a bespoke rehabilitation programme tailored to his condition,” the statement continued.
“Nevertheless, Guillaume is fully aware that this will take much time and patience. But thanks to his unquestionable mental strength, the team is in no doubt that Guillaume will rise to the challenge presented. Everyone at OAK Racing would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery.
“Guillaume would also like to thank the numerous people who have sent messages of support. As well as helping raise a smile, they have also sustained him at this difficult time.”