HANS Device saves HANS Stuck
After a collision with a standing car during the third round of the Long Distance Championship at the Nürburgring, Hans-Joachim Stuck has been taken to hospital. Considering the circumstance, the 56-year-old is well.
On lap 3 of the four-hour race at the Nordschleife, Hans was on his way to lapping another competitor. Both cars collided, and afterwards Hans’ BMW Z4 M Coupé crashed into the rear of another car that had stopped next to the track.
Following a first check in the medical centre, Hans was flown to Koblenz by helicopter, where he was further checked in hospital. The doctors diagnosed a broken lumbar vertebra and a bruise of the heart. However, Hans is well, considering this serious crash.
Hans was flown to the military hospital in Koblenz immediately after his collision with a car standing next to the track during the 49th ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup. There, the doctors diagnosed a fracture of the second lumbar vertebra, several severe bruises, as well as a contusion of the heart. "There is, however, no more danger of developing a blood clot. I really was very fortunate,“ Hans said following the examination.
According to Hans, the HANS system, which is also used in Formula One racing, played an important part in preventing even more severe injuries. "Without this head and neck protection system, I probably wouldn't have survived this accident,“ the 56-year-old says. "I will dedicate myself to protecting all drivers in the long distance championship with this safety system in the future.“
During the heaviest accident of his career as a racing driver, Hans first collided with French Porsche driver Romain Dumas on the third lap and then crashed into the SEAT of Michael Marsani, who had stopped next to the track. Marsani escaped the accident with minor bruises.
"There is a limit to everything, but this accident will definitely not be the end of my racing career," Hans said. "As long as I feel fit I will continue to drive races. Therefore, I am hoping to be able to compete in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on 9th June.“