Mark Winterbottom, V8 Supercars frontrunner and friend to RichardsF1.com, has confirmed today that he is recovering from a broken leg sustained over the Christmas holiday period.
The Ford Performance Racing driver – winner of two races during the 2011 season – broke the base of his left tibia (just near his ankle joint) in a waterskiing accident just before New Year’s Eve.
“After we got back from America we went water skiing after Christmas as we always do,” ‘Frosty’ said today of his accident, after posting pictures of his very bruised ankle on his Facebook page.
“I was using a lock-in boot and unfortunately my ski went one way and I went the other and that’s when I heard the click. Initially I though it was ligament damage though that didn’t prove to be the case.”
Winterbottom underwent surgery to insert two screws into the break, and he’s now out of his cast and already well on the path to making a full recovery ahead of the 2012 championship season. He hopes to be behind the wheel when pre-season testing gets underway in mid-February, ahead of the season-opening Clipsal 500 at Adelaide on 1-4 March.
“My recovery is going really well. The cast is off, I can already put weight on it and I have been training,” he continued. “As the break is on my left leg I am not really worried. I will easily be fit for Clipsal, which is the main thing.
“I am seeing the surgeon a few days before the test day so he can evaluate my recovery but at this stage I plan to drive the car as scheduled.”
We wish ‘Frosty’ a speedy recovery!
[Images via Mark Winterbottom and RichardsF1.com]
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