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Stock car leaves track and puts two in hospital during race at Foxhall Stadium

13:04 14 June 2015

Scene of an incident at the Foxhall Stadium after two people were injured. Photo: BBC Suffolk

Scene of an incident at the Foxhall Stadium after two people were injured. Photo: BBC Suffolk

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Two people were taken to hospital after a stock car competing at a national event in Ipswich appeared to lose control and collide with them and a forklift truck.

The drama unfolded at Foxhall Stadium on Saturday night when the vehicle crashed on to the track’s centre green, passing tyres on the speedway track and then collided with two people and a forklift truck – three people were injured in total.

It is believed that a previous crash during the BriSCA Formula 1 final, known as the elite of short circuit oval contact racing, halted proceedings temporarily and it was after racing restarted that the incident happened, at about 9pm.

Two St John Amulance volunteers were injured, with one being taken to hospital where they had an operation yesterday. The forklift driver received stitches to a head injury.

It is understood the other ambulance volunteer was treated at the scene.

Isaac Chenery, of BBC Suffolk, was at the stadium when the incident happened.

He said: “They were just a few laps into the restart when the car in question seemed to lose control, just missing tyres on the speedway track whose purpose is to slow cars down.

“You could see the driver fighting with the car, which didn’t seem to lose speed as it entered the centre green, first hitting a marshal, then hit the St John first aider.

“A forklift truck was also knocked over and the pace car was hit.

“The race was immediately stopped and the stadium fell silent. The packed crowd applauded as both people were taken away.”

Spedeworth Motorsport, which manages the stadium and was the event promoter, released a statement on its Facebook page today.

It said: “Spedeworth would like to thank our drivers and spectators for their patience and understanding in regards to the incident in the BriSCA Formula 1 final last night.

“We would also like to apologise for having to cancel the F1 Grand National due to the time curfew.”

The statement also thanked staff at the event for their handling of the incident, adding: “We wish them both a speedy recovery.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust said it was called to the stadium, in Foxhall Road.

The spokesman added: “An ambulance and an ambulance officer attended along with St John Ambulance. Two patients were treated at the scene.

“Not a lot is known about their injuries but we believe both were taken to Ipswich Hospital for further care.”

30 comments

  • Totally agree there in terms of having something in the middle to provide a safe area. Some Armco or something that the pace car can get in and out of but leave the guys in the middle safe. I know that the SJA volunteers do all have and wear proper PPE such as hi-vis and helmets but they won't help much when struck by a moving object.

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    Ipswichlad

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  • I was there. Racing was great and the audience was wonderful, after the car entered the inner green and struck the pace car, forklift and one of the people injured... people were genuinely concerned and worried for the well being of those injured, the place went quiet and the crowd later applauded the work of the first aiders, officials and emergency services. Everyone thought there was a fatality especially with the privacy sheets. ********** As for safety and motor sport... the risks bared by competitors and that of spectators cannot be on the same level of employees... It is disgusting that the people in the centre green, either employed or volunteering... where its not the case of "just happened to be there at the time" but actually instructed to be there with no safety at all. This needs to be addressed as matter of urgency; rather than dismissed as unlikely and because those involved were very lucky to keep their lives. I have a smoke detector in my house... never had a fire but doesn't mean I would ever consider not replacing the battery. *************** The small number of large tyres are simply there to prevent drivers coming off the concrete circuit and onto the shale to cut corners (i.e. cheating). Other oval stadiums have different solutions for this potential problem of out-of-control cars driving in the middle green... whether its raised areas, inner barriers or tyres... The middle part wouldn't be blocked as the pace car and recovery vehicles would need to be able to get in and out... so it wouldn't have prevented this incident, however, there could have been an area on either end on the inner green where all people... officials, first aiders and drivers who have retired from the race, have some safety. Which would have prevented anyone getting hurt. Either that or first aiders to remain off the track until required...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Oh dear what a shame

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    JC

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Compared to the many years this venue has been open, accidents are few and far between. Competitors and volunteers know the risks of racing but do it because they love it. It is a great daynight out for all the family, which has seen a great improvement in facilities, came here as a child and now bring my own kids. Best wishes to those injured Saturday night whom I'm sure will soon be standing on that centre green soon.

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    Queenie

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • I understand that it can be noisy but that is the whole point of the curfew and the organizers obviously stick to it. I'm a little annoyed that this discussion has turned from talking about the recovery of two injured people and got onto noise and traffic.

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    Ipswichlad

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • get well soon to the injured

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    rumbler

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • long live foxhall stadium!!!!! if you chose to buy a house nearby put up with a few hours of great racing every few weeks. or buy somewhere else don't complain about it.or but some ear plugs :-) i can hear it where i live and sounds great to me if i am not there ! what ever next ban motorcycles riding down foxhall road cos there to noisy !!!! stock car racing is magic !!!

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    rumbler

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • By the way I am a speedway supporter , I actually go to some of the events , I even worked there as a youngster installing the lights ..it's just time to find a new home for it , before it does get shut down and it will not get replaced...you fans should think about it , I have been around a while and seen other famous tracks closed and not replaced.

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    deeber

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • @J So it does!!

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    Mary Mary

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Mary Mary

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Regardless of whether you think it's right or wrong as soon as planning permission is given for houses in the area and people move in it doesn't matter if the track was there first, the residents have the same rights with regard to noise pollution as everyone else. To say they have zero right to complain is just wrong.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • I don't see why people actually think the stadium is good...take a walk around it..The iron sheet fencing is full of graffiti , rats by the bucket load , the paths and especially the gorse bushes are full of rubbish, black bin liners , cans etc left over from the car booters ...is it owned by the council or is it common land where the parking is ? The whole site is a complete eyesore.. don't believe me , then take a walk around it ..it's a mess !.

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    deeber

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Adding Luke Harvey to my list! Great points. Amsterdam81 is probably the silly person that bought the house next Mildenhall stadium!

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    Chubby26

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Amsterdam81...........Were you there on Saturday? Have you EVER been to a Stock Car meeting? Am I correct in thinking that because hundreds of homes have been built in that area and them people have CHOSEN to move there then Foxhall Stadium is now in the wrong for being too loud? Let me ask you...If someone moved next to a railway line and complained about the noise would they ask for the railway line to be moved? of course not!!! Regarding the safety aspect of the sport as somebody has said it has an exceptional record, the driver was knocked unconscious by the barrier which is a freak accident and happens once in a generation. Again let me ask you...when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on a football field were you calling questioning the safety of football? Just to echo other peoples points, Foxhall Stadium is an asset of the town and should be supported not moaned about by people sitting in their armchairs who dont actually have anything to do with what they are moanig about! Hope the two guys are ok.

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    luke harvey

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Anything i wanted to say has been exceptionally well covered by Richie W, Returning Fan, Ipswichlad and Lewis Adams. Shame to read the other comments from the narrow minded people who clearly haven't researched their facts, or researched the area when buying a house.

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    Chubby26

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • With the growth of housing in the area it is only a matter of time before this stadium is closed so the land can be built on. Whatever the subscribers here say it is only a VERY small minority that support this activity judged by the small attendance so now would be as good a time as any to look for somewhere along the A14 or A12 corridors to relocate. The present location is unsuitable due to noise, traffic and public danger. The test is would it be approved today. It wouldn't so the time has come for a change. My only comment on this collision is that those competing accept the risks, nobody else does and the fact this has happened shows the safety standards are not acceptable so a prosecution should follow.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • I agree with ams 81 ...Ipswich stadium has been there for a long time but it is now swallowed up by housing, but the key isn't the stadium it's the road network around it...last week a motorist was hurt on the junction near the stadium..and the nuffield has become very popular ..it's a very bad road..continued extra use of the stadium with car boot sales etc ..now means this venue is way past it's original license. ..it should be re sited adjacent to the A14 with better access. Then the foxhall road needs a major update at bent lane and the tip and the nuffield entrance...The extra 2,000 homes at adastral park and grange farm extension means Ipswich stadium will be totally engulfed in housing shortly...thus giving grave concern whether the foxhall road can cope with all the additional traffic.

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    deeber

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • I live 15 mins walk from Foxhall, and I'm damn glad it's here. I don't know anyone in Kesgrave who thinks otherwise tbh.

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    Lewspowels

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • @amsterdam81 You knew damn well this track was here when you moved, you have zero right to complain. This track has been here longer than you and is heaped in history and is grade 2 listed so will not be knocked down any time soon. The safety record of this track is exceptional and the accident was only caused because the driver was knocked unconscious after hitting the fence. The immediate response from the emergency services helped get those injured to hospital very quickly. I was there myself and It was one of the scariest things I've ever seen and the way it was handled was truly admirable, the fact you are complaining about noise when lives potentially could have been lost if the ambulance team weren't quick (which they absolutely were) shows how deluded and shallow minded you are. I'd like to congratulate everybody involved for the professional way the incident was handled. The fact that you claim that the event is "clearly an unsafe event" refines your deluded mind, as ANY form of Motorsport and any sport in general has the potential for accidents and injuries. Once again you have no right to complain and it's people like you who ruin it for the ones who love our passion and have been visiting this historic venue for the entirety of our lives. Long live Foxhall Stadium and long live oval racing!

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    Lewis Adams

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • I'm sorry Amsterdam81 but two people were hurt at the event and could have been much worse. All you are worrying about is the noise. I live a mile away from the A14 and that's sometimes noisy but I don't complain because I chose to live here. The St. John Ambulance volunteer gave their time for free to keep both the drivers and the crowd safe. Without people like them a lot of events in this area would not go ahead including events like ITFC matches. Perhaps a little more respect in future.

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    Ipswichlad

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • It hates forward slashes! this site has ruined many a good point. Yet they will allow scammers to advertise all day long, check those ridiculous ads for ipads for £30. Those are 100% scams, google it.

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    richie w

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Why won't this site accept I am trying to write a quarter of a mile!

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    J

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • J

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • I live 14 mile from the stadium and have never been troubled by the noise. Live and let live - look what is going on in the rest of the world and count your blessings that we are able to live the life we do. Hope the injured are feeling better

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    J

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • People are always moaning on here about ipswich having nothing going for it. But here we have the best stock car track in the country and with spedeworth investing lots of money into this stadium and we should embrace it. At spedeweekend every hotel for miles around is full. Even run of the mill meetings brings money into the local takeaways, petrol stations etc. TV coverage is increasing this season and so will the awareness of ipswich itself. Foxhall stadium is an asset to the town and should be supported by all. If you don't want to live within noise distance of the stadium, then move, the same as you would if lived next to a train line and didn't like the noise of trains. It's that simple.

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    returning fan

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Well said Richie W. As a regular at foxhall attending national Hot Rod meetings . I can only say that mr woods of spedeworth motorsports has done so much for the stadium in all respects that as stated earlier nimby's should check before buying. Incidents will happen. it is how they are managed. And from the sound of things this one was managed well. The driversstewardsspectators know its a fast paced sport with very few incidents. i suppose this one will be news now for weeks so as to appease the close foxhall stadium minority.

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    mr angry

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • theres been so many near misses on the centre green ,its a miracle nobodys been killed before . there should be nobody standing or walking around on the centre green in my opinion during races

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    barry chark

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Perhaps the time has come to evaluate the safety record of this track and noise nuisance it causes and look for a more suitable location with modern safety standards. Sixty years ago I used to be kept awake by noise from this track and I lived in Camden Rd, at least a couple of miles away. Today there are many more houses much nearer the stadium and the noise from both speedway and stock car is unacceptable and the situation will only get worse. People can only live in the houses that are built. We could all move away but someone would have to move in because of the housing shortage. It is wrong that entertainment for a small minority is allowed to disrupt the quiet enjoyment of so many. I'm sorry these people have been hurt but they chose to visit what was clearly an unsafe event and I hope a proper review of the safety standards is carried out, with prosecutions if deemed necessary, before another meeting is allowed at this venue.

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    amsterdam81

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Oops sorry, hope the two injured parties are ok.

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    richie w

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Bloody curfew, which came first the track or the estate? I understand that these can be loud but, this racing has been here for years. It's once a fortnight at best. I hope when those local residents are having their barbecues and making lots of noise they think of others. Sorry, but this gets my goat. Perhaps a little research before purchasing properties would be in order. If I bought a house near here I would expect noise from the track. Would rather a few races every now and then than a noisy neighbour hammering music till all hours. The opinions expressed above are my own, and should not be taken as fact.

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    richie w

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

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