Fleet's Daniel Welch suffered serious injuries in a "quite innocuous" accident
Lucky Daniel Welch could be set for a dramatic return to the track as early as next weekend after escaping serious injury in a high-speed smash in the British Touring Car Championship on Sunday.
Medics feared Fleet-based Welch had broken his pelvis after he was hit head-on at 65mph by rival Andy Neate after both had spun to avoid a mid-field pile-up in race one of the weekend meet at Rockingham.
Further tests, however, later revealed that Welch had escaped with only a broken tailbone (coxis), stretched tendons and bruising and it is now hoped that the 31-year-old could be back behind the wheel to contest round nine of the series at Silverstone.
Father and team principal John Welch said: “It was a bit of an escape for Daniel in the end but at the time we were all surprised that the accident had actually caused so much damage.
"It was quite innocuous really, he's had worse and come out with lesser injuries.
“He’s got black marks across his chest where his seatbelt was and is feeling a bit sore around the coxis, but he’s feeling OK.
“It’s a bit early to say when he'll be back but knowing the commitment Daniel puts into his racing I think he will probably make it for Silverstone.
"We just need to wait until the swelling goes down and see how he is, while also seeing if we can fix the car in time.”