Luke Davenport has continued his road to recovery today after completing his first official car test day at Snetterton with Motorbase Performance.
Getting behind-the-wheel of the squad’s Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, the 24-year-old has not driven a touring car since his 2017 season was ended at Croft in June.
Involved in the multi-car qualifying accident at the North Yorkshire-based track, Davenport was left with multiple injuries and placed into an induced coma for almost two weeks.
Working hard on rehabilitating since then, Davenport regained his MSA licence last week and was pleased to get back on track.
“It’s great for my head to get back out in the car again;” Davenport said. “I was definitely erring on the side of caution. After a cautious warming up of the tyres it was like putting an old pair of boots on, I haven’t forgotten my technique and it was just like getting back into a normal test session again.
“The plan is to focus on getting back out fully next year;” he added. “Today has been brilliant, not just mentally but also for my physio and we have a few target areas to work on to make sure that that I’m absolutely fit for next season.
“It’s been a fantastic opportunity that David has given me to let me go out there and show everyone that I’m back, working hard for next year and ready to go.”
Motorbase Team Principal, David Bartrum, added: “It’s a great feeling to see Luke back out in one of our cars. After the crash earlier this year, it really is a happy ending to the season. It was quite emotional watching him go up the pit lane for the first time today.
“Thinking back to when I saw him in hospital straight after the crash and then subsequently what he’s gone through to get here today – it’s amazing the amount of ground that he’s covered so quickly.
“I’m very happy to say that Luke’s driven one of my cars today at a circuit at a decent pace and most importantly that he looks well. The old Luke is back!”
Martin Depper also sampled Motorbase’s TCR car and is currently assessing his options ahead of the 2018 season.
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