Racing in the W Series, her car veered off Austin’s Circuit of Americas track at turn 15. Her car hit a newly-installed sausage kerb which launched it into the air. Upon slamming back down to the tarmac, Abbie fractured two vertebrae and had to withdraw from the series.
This is what she said at the time:
“What a rubbish weekend! Ran wide and went over one of the HUGE sausage kerbs that launched me into the air giving me a compression fracture at T4 vertebrae. Not ideal! Also found out one of the F4 drivers also did the same and has the exact same injury. Ridiculous! No need for them at all.
“A shame not to finish the season off properly but full steam ahead with months of rest, recovery and rehab! Thanks to the W Series team, Stewie, Jessica and all my friends and family for the support. You’re all ace xx”
A GoFundMe page was started by a friend which eventually raised almost £30,000 before it was stopped by its creator and Abbie herself. And now, three months since the incident, Abbie has given fans an update on how she’s doing:
“Today marks 3 months exactly since I broke my back. As I’m doing my daily rehab session I’m so pleased with how far I’ve progressed. I’ve got a long road ahead but I’m hopefully closer to the finish line.”
Today marks 3 months exactly since I broke my back.
As I’m doing my daily rehab session I’m so pleased with how far I’ve progressed.
I’ve got a long road ahead but I’m hopefully closer to the finish line 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/dcDCAFwtWZ
— Abbie Eaton (@AbbieEaton44) January 23, 2022
We’re pleased to heat that Abbie is on the mend and hope to see her in future Grand Tour episodes when she’s well enough.