Le Mans: Anthony Davidson leaves hospital: I’ll be back – and I’ll win image

British driver Anthony Davidson has returned home to continue his rehabilitation after breaking his back during the Le Mans 24 Hours on Saturday.

“Home time today, ” the former Formula One racer said on his Twitter feed before posting a photograph of himself on a stretcher next to a medical plane flying him to Oxford.

“You’ve been cruel once again Le Mans but I’ll stand on your top step one day.”

The Toyota driver sustained two fractured vertebrae when his car flipped at high speed following contact with GTE Am Ferrari driver Piergiuseppe Perazzini.

Davidson was flown back from France by medical plane on Wednesday. Although his recovery time has been estimated at three months, he has already expressed a determination to be fully fit sooner.

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.