A Warrnambool sprintcar driver who injured his leg in a dramatic Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic crash is preparing to jump back behind the wheel.
Darren Mollenoyux will represent Dickson Motorsport in an SRA Series round at Allansford's Premier Speedway on Saturday, March 14.
The father-of-two's family-owned car was wrecked when he collided head-on with the wall during the classic's opening night on January 24. He injured his knee and is slowly getting back to full fitness.
"It was probably one of the most direct crashes I've had. I've had a few but that one definitely knocked me about a bit," Mollenoyux said.
"Once I made contact (with an opponent) I was pretty much a passenger from there but that's the way it rolls sometimes.
"There's still a little bit of pain there but I am hobbling around and back to daily life.
"I got it checked out the next day with x-rays. There was nothing broken, it was just a sore bit of bruising and bit of bleeding on the knee cap. In the next couple of weeks it should be back to normal."
Mollenoyux's other commitments - work, family and time set aside as Warrnambool BMX Club president - has meant the car is yet to be fixed.
But Dickson Motorsport will give him a chance to race again in season 2019-20.
Crashing out of the classic, rather than the injury, was the most disappointing aspect for Mollenoyux, who has previously finished the prestigious race in third place.
"I wasn't overly concerned, I was probably more disappointed our classic campaign was over," he said.
"It was a pretty hard hit and I knew there would be a fair bit of damage but once I hopped out and saw the frame was all bent and twisted, I knew it was all over from then.
"Because it happened in the second heat race, we didn't have enough points to come back on the third night."
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