It was a memorable return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota in 2012, but for all the wrong reasons as one of their drivers, Anthony Davidson, went tumbling through the air in his Toyota TS030 after drawing contact with Ferrari driver Pierguiseppe Perazzini.
The British driver was removed from the car by safety workers after the wreck and suffered two fractured vertebrae in the crash, according to foxsports.com.
Davidson tweeted about his injuries shortly after:
Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn't what I had in mind at this stage in the race...— Anthony Davidson (@antdavidson) June 16, 2012
Davidson tweeted a photo of himself in the hospital early Sunday morning:
Feeling a bit sore today, but generally just happy to be alive! twitter.com/antdavidson/st…— Anthony Davidson (@antdavidson) June 17, 2012
Davidson is expected to make a full recovery and return to racing, according to a Toyota spokesman who spoke to Sky Sports.
The 33-year-old Formula One racer finished fourth at last year's Le Mans, but had to settle for 51st in the 80th edition of the epic endurance race.
Stil, Davidson and his Toyota team finished two spots ahead of Perazzini's Ferrari team, who they were in the process of lapping before the horrific crash occurred.
It was a clean sweep atop the podium for Audi, however, as Toyota made its first run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1999.