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‘Stupid’ crash angers Daly

By Sammy Hamill

Conor Daly walked away unscathed after a huge crash during the GP3 championship race in Monaco — and took to Twitter to voice his fury.

The 20-year-old American-born son of Irish F1 driver Derek Daly, who had won the previous round in Barcelona, was coming out of the tunnel section of the Monaco street circuit when he hit the back of Russian driver Dmitry Suranovic as he tried to pass him.

Suranovic appeared to drift over to the left to block Daly, causing the two cars to collide and sending Daly’s Lotus rearing up on its back wheels and flying into the air.

It was vertical as it hit the top of the catch fencing before landing back on the track.

Amazingly, Daly climbed out unhurt but he was angry with Suranovic, saying on Twitter: “That was definitely the biggest crash I've ever had but can’t help it when other people do stupid stuff.”

The crash came 30 years after his father, who was watching from the pits, came within a lap of winning the Monaco Grand Prix for Williams.

Will Buller was another victim of Saturday’s race, the Scarva driver being eliminated in a first lap accident at the St Devote corner.

Meanwhile, at Kirkistown, Noel Dunne won both Formula Ford races in his Van Diemen with Ivor McCullough, also in a Van Diemen, finishing in second place each time.

James Turkington, younger brother of former British Touring Car champion Colin, scored his third straight victory in the Ford Fiesta starter series.

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