The family of a man injured in a horrifying crash at one of the world’s most dangerous racetracks are preparing to fly him home.
Amateur racer Nick Eden, from Wormingford, was driving his rare F2 Cooper Bristol single seater when he struck another car and crashed at high speed on the notorious Nurburgring in Germany.
It is believed that his car clipped another competitor and then rolled over several times, coming to rest on its roof.
Mr Eden, described as a very experienced driver, was airlifted to hospital 40 miles away at Koblenz where surgeons initially described his condition as “critical”.
He was placed in an induced coma before undergoing operations on a badly-injured arm and shoulder. He also suffered several broken bones.
Mr Eden was competing in a race for the Nuvolari Trophy for pre-1966 F1 and F2 rear-engined cars, which was organised by the Historic Grand Prix Car Association.
Village vicar the Rev John Chandler said: “We know that Nick has been involved in an accident and that he was in a serious condition when he was taken to hospital where he was sedated.
“We don’t know any details about the accident but he is a very experienced driver and unlikely to have been at fault. We are all praying for him and his family.”
A spokesman for the association said: “Nick was involved in an accident while participating in the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Nuvolari and Ascari Trophies Race.
“He was treated briefly at the circuit’s medical centre and then airlifted to the local hospital in Koblenz. He was saved by his safety equipment, including roll bar and full-face helmet.
“His family have been by his side and he is receiving excellent care from the medical team who have stabilised him. His family thank everyone for all the messages and good wishes that have been sent and are hoping for a speedy recovery.”
Mr Eden is the senior partner and head of consultancy for Kinney Green – a leading London-based firm of surveyors specialising in commercial property and major development projects.
The Nurburgring is one of only a few race circuits in the world that is regularly open to members of the public, with visitors paying £25 a lap to drive their own cars round the track.