Christie fine after hitting the skids

27/04/12. John Devlin.  CAMELON. Redbrae Road,  Probowl. Christie Doran. Racing in the classic sports and saloons rally. Car is older than driver who has just got provisional lisence. (DO)
27/04/12. John Devlin. CAMELON. Redbrae Road, Probowl. Christie Doran. Racing in the classic sports and saloons rally. Car is older than driver who has just got provisional lisence. (DO)
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Teenage racer Christie Doran has insisted her confidence has not been dented after a horror smash at Knockhill.

The 18-year-old, from Carron, was pushed wide into the gravel and her car spun, sending her face-first into another car.

She was able to get out of the car on her own, but was taken to hospital in Kirkcaldy for precautionary checks to her neck and back.

But now she has vowed to get back in the car as soon as possible and go even quicker.

Christie said: “It was a bit scary. It was the last lap of the race and I had seen a car trying to come inside as we went into the corner.

“I gave him some room so that we could stay side by side down to the next corner, but he ran a little wide and I ended up in the gravel.

“As I hit the brakes the wheels dug in and the car turned back out on track. I could do nothing as I slammed into another car.

“It was a big jolt but the cars are very safe. There is a fair bit of damage which my ProRace Scotland team is sorting.”

Christie was competing in the opening round of the Scottish BMW Compact at Knockhill near Dunfermline. The car suffered chassis damage as well as damaging the bonnet, windscreen and front panels, but Christie escaped with just a sore neck and a headache.

She added: “I have watched the TV footage and spoken to my coach, Rory Butcher. We have talked about it and I know I wasn’t in the wrong.

“So I am just keen to get back in the car as soon as possible and put it behind me. It certainly won’t stop me racing and I am determined to go even faster next time.

“I had started the year really well — going much quicker than last year. I want to build on that.

“It is racing and accidents are an unfortunate part of that. I am just glad that no one was hurt.

“The marshals were brilliant as they always are. I just want to say a big thank you to them.”