OCTOBER 12, 2002
The worrying thing was that the car broke the top two rails of the steel barriers. This may have been a good thing because the car then hit the earth bank behind at rather lower velocity, the speed having been taken out of the impact in the detsruction of the barrier. If it had held the Toyota might have flipped and that could have been a much worse accident for McNish.
The Scottish driver was able to clamber from the wreck of the Toyota unaided but was clearly shaken by the force of the impact and went off to the medical centre for checks. The session will not be restarted for at least 45 minutes because of the extent of the damage done in the crash.