Injured co-drivers on the mend, in good spirits
- 24th July 2020, 9:26am
- by Peter Whitten
"You will see me back in a car when I’ve mended and I can’t wait," he said.The other co-driver was Victorian Chris Aggenbach, who suffered a broken collarbone and broken fingers when he and driver, Les Adams, left the road in the Rally of the Bay. The pair's Datsun 1600 was destroyed in the high speed accident, but the safety gear installed in the car did its job and possibly saved their lives. The car left the road at 120km/h, and had an initial impact of 11g with an earth bank on the outside of the road, which flipped the car into a series of five violent rolls. It came to rest on its wheels, but Aggenbach was briefly knocked unconscious and was later transported to Moruya hospital. Once stabilised, he was transferred to a Canberra hospital where he underwent surgery on his collarbone and hand. Now recovering at home in Wangaratta, Aggenbach says he doesn't remember the accident, but has watched a video of it to try and understand what happened. "We were pretty lucky that the car landed on its wheels and not on its roof," he admits.
"The shoulder and hand surgery I've had was successful, and I'm recovering well."Both Adams and Aggenbach have been suffering the after effects of concussion since the crash, but that is also improving with time. As to when he'll be back in a car, the Victorian says he hasn't thought that far ahead. Needless to say, you don't lose your love of rallying overnight, so he'll be back in some form or another. Both co-drivers have paid tribute to the safety equipment used in their cars, and to the medical teams that assisted them after their incidents. "We've had tremendous support from the medical teams and those involved within the sport, and we can't thank them enough," Aggenbach added. RallySport Magazine wishes both Ray and Chris all the best in their continued recoveries.
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