Nitro Rallycross points leader Robin Larsson is a potential doubt for the next round of the season in his native Sweden after suffering injuries in a workshop incident.
Posting on social media, Larsson said he was “close to checking out” after his throat was hit by an angle grinder.
“[I] was alone in the workshop when I had a big accident with the angle grinder that hit my throat. Luckily I could get my friends and family there before the ambulance, so they could keep the pressure and hold me awake,” Larsson said.
“40 stitches later and the millimeters on my side, I’m very happy to have my friends and family, and the best girlfriend in the world that’s been there with me since I came to the hospital!
“Take care of yourself everyone.”
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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing which, along with JC Raceteknik, runs the Monster Energy RX Cartel outfit that Larsson races for, issued a brief statement acknowledging Larson’s accident, but gave little else away in terms of expected recovery time.
“Robin Larsson suffered an accident in his workshop last weekend,” said the statement. “He was taken to the hospital where he received the proper medical attention and is currently resting at his home in Sweden.
“We wish Robin a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the track soon.”
Larsson currently tops the Nitro Rallycross points after a dominant display at the season opener at Lydden Hill where he topped every stage of the weekend from practice through the battle brackets, including a heat win which gave him pole position for the main event which he went onto win comfortably.
Larsson however isn’t the only driver in the series to be hit with off-track misfortune this season.
In the build-up to Lydden Hill, Larsson’s compatriot Kevin Eriksson was involved in an incident that left him with facial and leg injuries. Niclas Grönholm was subsequently flown in late on the Friday of the event, and duly finished third in the final despite his relative lack of seat time.
“As some of you might have heard during the broadcast of the Nitro Rallycross premiere at Lydden Hill I sadly was involved in an accident in the days leading up to the event,” the Olsbergs MSE driver said in a post of his own.
“Thanks to Niclas Grönholm for accepting the late call in to take my spot and gave the team the first podium of the season!
Eriksson confirmed he’d recently had surgery on his right foot, and is aiming to return for the second round of the season at Strängnäs at the end of this month.
“I’m now back home in Sweden and had a successful surgery in my right foot last week that from now on really is the one thing holding me back still from the accident. I’m already bored as hell but trying to do as the doctors are telling me
“Time isn’t exactly on my side before Strängnäs end of July but for sure we will give it a try if I feel OK to run.”