Sadly, the Sprint at the 25th GTI International was marred when one of the cars on the track went out of control, crashing through the collision barriers and the metal fencing, and injuring three visitors to the event. At the present time, we cannot comment on the cause of the accident, as it is being investigated by Leicestershire Police.
Fortunately, the GTI International officials are prepared to deal with emergencies and, as a result of quick action by the Sprint team, our rescue vehicle, with its trained crew, the St Johns Ambulance, and our resident paramedic, were all on the scene very quickly indeed. Three visitors were injured and the paramedic called for the assistance of an air ambulance helicopter, and this arrived very quickly, taking one of the injured to hospital in Coventry. The other injured couple were taken by ambulance to Leicester Infirmary.
We believe that the emergency procedures which had been put in place, and the prompt action taken by the GTI officials, contributed to the rapid medical response to the incident. We are pleased to say that two of those injured have now been released from hospital. As yet, we do not know about the condition of the third injured person.
This is the first time, in 25 years, that any such incident has occurred at GTI International.