On his first attempt at the jump, Binks' Fiesta came up short on the landing, resulting in a spectacular end-over-end crash. The car flipped two and a half times before landing on its roof, but Binks was able to get out of the car by himself. It could have been worse, though, since this crash looks very similar to Toomas Heikkinen's X Games crash back in June. While that jump was made out of steel, the jump at SEMA was made out of dirt, a much more forgiving material on initial impact.
Bink's team is working to try to get the car repaired for tonight's race, but it sounds like the damage is pretty extensive. The race airs tonight on ESPN2 at 8:30 ET/5:30 PT.
Scroll down to watch video of the crash and read an official statement from Best Buy Racing regarding the crash.
Monday October 29, 2012, SEMA, Las Vegas. eBay Motors Global Rallycross driver, David Binks, sustained an accident in his eBay Motors Ford Fiesta Mk 7 during practice yesterday in preparation for the last round of the 2012 series at the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
The 30 year old British driver from Newcastle sustained an end-over-end roll after his car nosed on landing from a jump at around 1730hrs Pacific Time. However, David was able to extract himself from the inverted car, but as a precautionary measure, he attended UMC University Medical Centre in Las Vegas.
At 2030hrs local, David was discharged from hospital suffering from light bruising, but without any further injury.
"I had run a number of fast warm up laps, missing out the jump and was really enjoying this new purpose-built track, however on the first run using the jump, the landing kicked the back of the car up, sending me into a dramatic roll, ending with the car on its roof! Thankfully I was okay, just little sore but really hope the team can get my eBay Motors Ford Fiesta repaired today in time for seeding. I am totally gutted as we wanted to finish the season off on a high, however I want to thank my sponsors eBay Motors and Replay XD for their continued support".
David is currently working with Olsbergs MSE to determine the condition of eBay Motors Ford Fiesta Mk7 to decide whether he will continue to compete in the event Tuesday evening.
"It's in a pretty bad way" said OMSE team owner Andreas Eriksson. "It needs a new door pillar, roof and body panels and parts such as uprights. The roll cage stood up well to the impact and is fine, but it looks like the chassis will need to go on the jig. We will do our best to get David's car running," he concluded.