Hammond crash happened after hillclimb’s finish line
Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond’s massive accident at a hillclimb venue in Switzerland occurred after the finish line of the competitive section of road.
Motorsport.com Switzerland's Peter Wyss was present at the event, and reports that the accident happened on the approach to Hemberg village – some 200-250 metres after the flying finish of the 1758-metre course.
The quickest cars hit 150mph on this stretch of road, and – once across the finish line – competitors have to slow down before the following left-hand bend.
But Hammond failed to do so, and this was where he crashed his 1000bhp Rimac Concept One supercar.
Video footage shows Hammond locking up his brakes before he failed to make the corner. His car rolled down the hillside and, after he'd escaped the wreckage, it then caught fire.
His car's trajectory appears to have narrowly missed a house, and crashed across a road that is used by spectators to access the hillclimb course from the nearby village.
Hammond was filming a piece for Amazon TV's The Grand Tour with co-presenters, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who were driving a Lamborghini Aventador and a Honda NSX.
The presenters were driving the cars between the practice sessions for the opening round of the Swiss Hillclimb Championship, and were not active participants in the event itself.
The show's production company said that Hammond was not seriously injured, despite being airlifted to hospital. However, there have been suggestions that he suffered a fracture knee in the crash.
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