Esmee Hawkey cleared to race after W Series crash in practice
Esmee Hawkey (left) was taken to a local hospital and checked out.
Alice Powell and Esmee Hawkey collided in practice for round four of the W Series in Germany Friday with the crash resulting in being Powell sent to a hospital for precautionary checks.
With the tight confines of the 1.4-mile Norisring street circuit any and every mistake will be punished, something that Hawkey found out the hard way.
Braking on the dirty, bumpy surface, Hawkey locked her brakes and was a passenger in an instant as her Tatuus T-318 F3 car plowed into the car of Powell.
“It was just one of those things,” said Hawkey. “I broke in exactly the same place as my fastest lap, so it wasn’t like I was pushing like crazy, braking ten meters later. It was one of those things where I just couldn’t stop the car.
“The track around here is really dirty, being a street circuit. So yeah, it’s one of those things. I took avoiding action but Alice obviously didn’t see me. I can’t blame her for that because I was about three car widths away from her anyway, going into that corner.
“I just couldn’t slow the car down. I tried to find a gap to avoid a crash but made contact.”
In an official statement shortly after the accident, a W Series spokesman confirmed that, “Following the accident between Alice Powell and Esmee Hawkey at Norisring this morning, Alice was taken to the circuit medical center with a painful wrist. From there she was taken to a local clinic for an x-ray, which revealed no fractures.”
Initially a doubt for practice two, Powell returned to the track and set the tenth fastest time. Hawkey, her car suffering heavier damage than that of Powell’s, was unable to compete.
“The wrist is a little bit sore, hands a bit sore to be honest with you, but it’s just one of those things,” said Powell. “I couldn’t avoid it and the track was very dusty this morning, so mistakes were being made all through the field. Luckily, I’m ok and hopefully I’ll be ok to race tomorrow.”
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