Jaguar Monza test notes 2002-07-11

Jaguar Racing test driver James Courtney escaped unharmed after suffering a big shunt at the approach to the Ascari chicane at Monza. The British F3 championship leader, who was testing the R3 for the second successive day, left the circuit at...

Jaguar Racing test driver James Courtney escaped unharmed after suffering a big shunt at the approach to the Ascari chicane at Monza.

The British F3 championship leader, who was testing the R3 for the second successive day, left the circuit at high speed before impacting with the wall. Despite the ferocity of the impact, the young Australian thankfully emerged unharmed with minor concussion.

"James was undertaking some mechanical testing in an old R3 as part of our development for next year's car," commented Jaguar racing spokesman Nav Sidhu. "It was not an R3B, as reported on some websites."

James has been taken to a local hospital to undergo cautionary examinations as the Jaguar racing team continues to investigate the source of the problem. Although there was little remaining of the R3 after the incident, Courtney's condition is testimony to the high safety standards of today's F1 cars.

"On the approach to the Ascari chicane, a rear suspension failure forced him off the track at high speed but, thankfully, James is OK," confirmed Sidhu. "He is undergoing some x-rays and routine checks and all appears to be well. Pedro and Eddie will continue testing with the revised R3B as planned."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers James Courtney
Teams Jaguar Racing