Clio Opener Cancelled After First Lap Incident

The opening round of the 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup has been cancelled following a multi-car incident on the first lap at Brands Hatch.

An accident at Graham Hill Bend involving JamSport pairing Dan Holland and Thomas Grundy, as well as 20Ten Racing’s Mark Howard, led to a lengthy delay as Grundy was removed from his car.

The 17 year old was taken to the circuit’s medical centre, and then to a local hospital for precautionary check-ups.

With the end of the day looming and a Ginetta Junior race still to follow, the decision was made to postpone the race.

A statement from UK Clio Cup championship manager Will Fewkes reads:

“Driver safety and well-being is absolutely paramount and it was very important that Tom was removed from his car in the correct manner after a very unfortunate accident. The medical crew has done an extremely professional job.

“As a precaution Tom has been taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up and we of course wish him well.

“The time required to extricate him has meant we’ve been left with no time to re-start the race over any meaningful distance so we will look to re-schedule it at the earliest opportunity at one of our next events on the calendar.”

  • 20TenRacing

    NascarPlus spaicemedia Mark Howard is shaken but ok. Thank you.

  • NascarPlus

    20TenRacing spaicemedia Good thanks….is everyone involved ok? Sounds nasty

  • Dan Kirby

    Does anyone know if today was on TV or is it just tomorrow?

  • Josh Harris

    Just tomorrow

  • Lee Marshall

    Ouch. Whats the damage Sam?

  • spaicemedia

    20TenRacing Good to hear Mark is okay! How’s the car looking for tomorrow?

  • 20TenRacing

    spaicemedia Just finished half of the repairs. Will complete in the morning. We need refuelling ourselves! Long day… We hope all are ok.

  • spaicemedia

    20TenRacing Great effort – it sounds like the whole team deserve a well-earned dinner, drink and sleep!

  • 20TenRacing

    spaicemedia We are just very pleased that all involved are ok. The cars can be replaced; people can’t. Tomorrow’s another day. #Team20Ten

  • spaicemedia

    20TenRacing 100% agree – a huge relief!

  • 20TenRacing

    spaicemedia Thanks Simon… And now it’s food time! Roll on tomorrow #Team20Ten