Death defying race driver back behind the wheel

PUBLISHED: 13:09 13 August 2010

RACING ace Mike Conway, whose car disintegrated during a 200mph crash, has returned to the driving seat less than two months after his death defying escape.

The son of Dartford construction firm FM Conway’s owner Michael Conway sustained multiple fractures to his left leg and a fracture in his spine after the smash at the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.

Returning to the UK in June, Mr Conway, who lives in Sevenoaks, started his rehabilitation and was behind the wheel once more on Friday, albeit of a driving simulator.

He said: “It is great to be back in the cockpit after the accident seven weeks ago. This was the first time my left foot was out of plaster and the first time I put weight on it so I was surprised how well I could hit the brakes.

“I am pleased to say that it is all there and I have feeling in my foot and it felt good.

The 26-year-old said: “The simulator is very realistic and you can really feel the rear tyres working, which is hard to incorporate into a simulator.”

Only days after his crash he vowed to continue in the sport and is hoping to be in competition by the end of the summer.

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