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Kovalainen on bed rest after ROC smash 30 Nov 2010

Crash of Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Audi R8 LMS. 2010 Race of Champions, ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany, Sunday 28 November 2010. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Audi R8 LMS, after crashing heavily. 2010 Race of Champions, ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany, Sunday 28 November 2010.

Lotus’s Heikki Kovalainen is resting in bed on doctors’ advice after suffering a heavy concussion during his crash in Sunday’s Race of Champions (ROC) in Germany. He will undergo further tests in the next few days.

During his first heat of the individual ROC competition, in which he narrowly lost out to world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, Kovalainen clipped the barriers in his Audi R8, breaking its rear suspension.

The Finn also reported a jammed throttle and an ensuing spin sent him into the barriers. Kovalainen was knocked out briefly in the impact and withdrew from the remainder of the event to undergo medical checks.

Kovalainen’s passenger in the car was girlfriend Catherine Hyde. Initial reports suggested she had escaped unhurt, but subsequent examinations revealed a hairline fracture of the pelvis and muscle damage. Hyde has also been put on bed rest.

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