George Grant recovers from scary accident to take inspiring podium finish for Clapham North MOT

May 18, 2023

Clapham North MOT’s George Grant had an eventful weekend in Round 3 of the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup Championship at Croft, taking an excellent podium finish in the final race after being involved in a scary incident in an earlier event. Fresh off the back of an encouraging weekend at Brands Hatch, where the Kingston-Upon-Thames-based racer showed excellent pace in mixed conditions, Grant was in good spirits ahead of the weekend in North Yorkshire. In Race 1, Grant was hit from behind while slowing after the Safety Car was called out, damaging his Mazda MX-5. He still managed to finish fifth, before more serious contact in the second race of the weekend. Once again, the Clapham North MOT driver was hit from behind and sent sideways onto the grass at high speed, colliding with a tyre wall. Grant was unhurt and given the all-clear by the brilliant medical staff at the event to compete in Race 3. After some fantastic work from the Rob Boston Racing team, Grant was back out on track for the final event and was straight on the pace despite his earlier accident, claiming a podium finish in the Masters class. The Mazda MX-5 SuperCup returns for Round 4 and Races 10-12 on 23-25 June.

George Grant: “The first two events were a bit of a nightmare! Firstly I was hit from behind under Safety Car in Race 1 and then I had the big incident in Race 2. It was a really scary crash at a high speed part of the circuit. Recently, the driving standards in the championship haven’t been up to scratch, with far too many incidents such as this one. Racers need to realise how dangerous the sport can be, accidents happen but avoidable ones, such as mine at Croft and a few others in weeks gone by, are unacceptable. I’m lucky the tyres were there to soften the impact, although it was a big hit. “I’m extremely grateful to the marshals and the medical staff, who were absolutely amazing throughout. They checked me over, gave me the all clear and then I jumped in the car for Race 3. They do an incredible job and we’re all very thankful to them for everything they do. It was important for me to get straight back in the car, which was miraculously fixed by the brilliant Rob Boston Racing crew and I ended up having a really good Race 3. I was on the pace and finished with a podium, which was a positive way to end an otherwise frustrating weekend.”


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