SIX years ago Chris Stewart was in a motor racing accident that should have killed him.
But the 17-year-old is now back behind the wheel and on the road after passing his driving test.
The then 12-year-old was taking part in an autograss race near Alton in a Mini, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a barrier at 40mph.
His skull was lifted off of his spine in what is known as an internal decapitation, killing the majority of those who suffer it.
His incredible recovery has amazed those who’ve witnessed it in the years since.
Mum Debbie Cornell, of Gosport Road in Fareham, said: ‘I’m fine with him driving. I didn’t think I would be, but I am.
‘I told the consultant who first operated on him that Chris had passed his test and he was absolutely delighted, he was really chuffed.
‘That Chris can do something like this is a real testament to everyone who’s helped him along the way.’
Chris has just passed his first year at Highbury College in Portsmouth, where he got a distinction for carpentry and joinery, and is looking forward to being able to drive to college.
He said: ‘I was a bit nervous the first time I went out, but after that was fine.
‘I found it a bit difficult to adjust from a racing style, but I was fairly confident about my ability to pass.’
His driving instructor Claire Perkins, of 1st PDS, said: ‘Debbie called me up about getting Chris some lessons, but then said: “There’s something you need to know...”
‘He was quite quiet at first, but then his cheeky side came out.
‘Where he was used to racing, he had problems with his mirrors and using anything above second gear.
‘But he got there, He was challenging, but in a good way.’