Bentley Team Absolute driver Andrew Palmer was set to take the pole position for today’s Pirelli World Challenge race at Lime Rock in CT.
According to reports, during a warm up session this morning, Palmer’s Bentley Continental GT3 left the course at a run off in turn 1. The Aston Martin of Jorge De La Torre was stationary in the same location.
Upon impacting the Aston, the Bentley became airborne and travelled over two tire barriers into a wooded area. Both drivers were taken first a local hospital and then a level 1 trauma center in Hartford, CT. No information has been release on De La Torre, but Bentley has release the following on Palmer:
“Bentley Motorsport can confirm that Bentley Team Absolute driver Andrew Palmer will remain in hospital following an incident at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut earlier today. He has sustained a head injury and is being closely monitored after treatment by specialists.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “Everyone at Bentley Motorsport is thinking of Andrew and we all send him our best wishes. We are a close-knit community and we have team members at the hospital with him and his family. We will continue to offer our support to them at this difficult time. Our thanks go to the trackside team at Lime Rock Park and the medical professionals who have helped Andrew so far.”
No further update is expected today. Bentley Motorsport will release another statement in due course.”
UPDATE: The series did state that De La Torre suffered multiple fractures and torso bruising and would remain at the hospital. There haven’t been updates on either driver since May 28th. I will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
2ND UPDATE: May 31st update from World Challenge:
“As a follow up to the releases regarding the GT warm-up accident in Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge race at Lime Rock Park, the Series wants to thank our teams, drivers and fans for the tremendous outpouring of support for Andrew Palmer and Jorge De La Torre.
Both drivers continue to receive treatment for their injuries at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Hartford Hospital has not released further information at this time. The Series will forward any detailed update on the drivers when received from a Hartford Hospital spokesperson. We thank everyone for respecting the families right to privacy as they concentrate on Andrew and Jorge’s hospitalization.”
Further updates are being published in the Pirelli World Challenge thread in the forums.