During the Le Mans 24 Hours, TOYOTA Racing’s Anthony Davidson suffered a heavy crash.
The Briton was hit by a lapped car approaching Mulsanne corner and flipped before hitting the barriers.
It was later revealed he had suffered breaks to his T11 and T12 vertebrae, with Toyota saying: “Those injuries are expected to heal fully in approximately three months and he will remain in hospital until Monday.”
However the driver is still in the hospital, but the good news comes after he wrote in his twitter account:
“Managed to take my first steps today! A small step for man…an even smaller step for me!!”
Doctors put the average recovery time from such an injury at three months but Davidson, a Formula One race analyst for Sky Sports television, said professional athletes could hope to be on the mend much faster.
“It’s more like three weeks until the pain subsides and I get my mobility back fully,” he said.
The sister Toyota retired after 11 hours after an eventful race which saw the team of Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima hold the lead for a short period of time.
Audi secured the podium places at the 80th edition of the race, with Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer repeating their success of last year in the No1 e-tron Quattro hybrid car and winning by more than a lap from the sister car driven by Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.