Bad luck curtails Manchester’s Silverstone weekend

It was a weekend to forget for Jack Manchester at Silverstone for the fourth round of the European Le Mans Series. A burst brake line during the opening practice session of the weekend left the British racing driver a passenger as he hurtled into the barriers at high-speed which subsequently ruled him out of the remainder of the weekend.

Manchester took to the wheel of his Thunderhead Carlin Racing Dallara P217 on Friday morning following an on-track stint from teammate Tincknell. However not long into his stint Manchester suffered a complete and catastrophic rear brake failure at Stowe which left him unable to scrub speed off before hitting the barriers head on. Manchester was thankfully able to extricate himself from the car and walk to the ambulance.

The British driver was then taken to the Silverstone medical centre and later to the John Radcliffe hospital for further checks where it was confirmed he had fractured two ribs, along with heavy bruising, which ultimately ruled him out of the rest of the weekend.

Despite this, Manchester returned to the track on Saturday to take part in the autograph session and meet the many British fans who had turned out for the pit walkabout session. Manchester also remained with his teammates Harry Tincknell, Ben Barnicoat and substitute driver Harrison Newey to support them in the lead up to the race.

Manchester said of the weekend, “Obviously I was very disappointed that I wasn’t able to take part in the rest of the weekend but I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the marshals and medical staff who looked after me at Silverstone and the John Radcliffe hospital. It’s testament to the strength of the Dallara chassis that I was able to walk away from a high-speed impact with minimal injuries. My aim is to be back in the car as soon as possible. I also want to extend my condolences to the family and loved ones of Anthoine Hubert; the news of his passing in the FIA Formula Two race was absolutely devastating to hear this weekend.”

"It’s testament to the strength of the Dallara chassis that I was able to walk away from a high-speed impact with minimal injuries."