FORMULA Renault 3.5 racer Dean Stoneman, from Bishops Waltham, has walked away from a 142-mph crash that caused his car to burst into flames.
The crash happened on the opening day of a Formula Renault 3.5 testing session, in Southern Spain, when Stoneman’s car careered off the track, hit the walls, and smashed into more than 200 pieces, which were sent flying hundreds of yards from the vehicle.
The car, which had been destabalised by a strong cross-wind, also turned into a fireball when flames engulfed the engine.
Miraculously, the 24-year-old Hampshire racer was uninjured, and after paramedics checked him over, Stoneman was back with his team just 20 minutes later.
His father Colin told the Southern Daily Echo his son stepped out of the wreckage and simply said: ‘That was a big one.’
Stoneman, a former student of Fair Oak Technology College, won his fight with testicular cancer two years ago after being diagnosed in January 2011.
After a break from motorsport during his treatment, Stoneman now races for the DAMS team in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, one level down from Formula One.