British GT racer escapes 100MPH fireball crash

Hunter Abbott will be celebrating his own Easter miracle today.

The British GT4 Championship driver was 10 minutes into the first race of the season when he left the track at 100 miles per hour trying to negotiate The Cascades, an S-bend on the Oulton Park.

The crash happened in dry conditions, shortly after the start of the hour-long race, the first of the British GT Championship season.

Abbott had slowed down slightly from his top speed of about 160 miles per hour, but had other cars around him as he went into The Cascades. It is thought the Ginetta G50 and another competitor's Aston Martin collided at about 100 miles per hour, causing Abbott to spin off the track and hurtle into the crash barrier.

His Ginetta G50 smashed through a crash barrier, went airborne, thudded into the ground, rolled about three times, landed on its roof and burst into flames.

Around 1,000 spectators watched in horror as Abbott, now upside down, struggled to free himself from the middle of the fireball for up to 10 seconds.

Then the driver walked out alive and well enough to assist the stewards in putting out the flames around his racing suit.

The race was temporarily halted as Abbott, in his mid-twenties, was helped into an ambulance. His car, thought to be brand new and worth more than ?50,000, was destroyed.

In GT championship racing, drivers race in teams of two, changing places at a pit stop.