Two drivers have been ruled out of competing in today’s W Series finale at the Circuit of the Americas.
Eaton was shown stopped on-track with suspension damage, but the incident that had led to the failure was not initially broadcast. Amateur footage showed Eaton running over the kerbs at turn 15 and being launched, the front of her car raising up until only the rear wheels were in contact with the ground.
W Series said in a statement: “Abbie Eaton will not compete in today’s final race of the season after suffering a T4 compound fracture during yesterday’s race at COTA.” A T4 compound fracture is in the upper spine.
“Abbie is in good spirits at Dell Seton Hospital where she is being treated,” the statement continued. “Everyone at W Series wishes her a speedy recovery.”
Earlier in the day Miki Koyama retired from qualifying due to a suspension problem. Several Formula 1 drivers have said the Circuit of the America’s rough and bumpy surface is putting their cars under strain.
Garcia was due to start today’s race from fourth on the grid, 10 places ahead of Eaton. Their absence promotes one of the two title contenders, Alice Powell, to eighth. Championship rival and points leader Jamie Chadwick starts from pole position.
Garcia and Eaton are 12th and 13th in the championship ahead of the race. While Eaton was unable to automatically qualify for a place in next year’s field, Garcia stood a chance of taking the fifth place finish she needed to do so.
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