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Reece Barr out of rest of weekend after first-ever racing crash

Reece Barr will play no further part in the TCR Europe series at Zandvoort after the Target Competition driver suffered from a big accident at the start of Sunday’s first race.

The Irishman had contact from M1RA’s Dániel Nagy on the start line at the first race, pitching his Hyundai into the wall at speed.

The damage to Barr’s car damaged the chassis beyond repair, ruling him out of Monday’s a second race.

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“I got an OK start and then I tried to get to the inside, because that’s the main thing you have to do around here as you can get done pretty bad in the first corner,” explained Barr to TouringCars.Net. “I know he [Nagy] had loads of room on the inside.

“Having watched the replay you can see him turn over a tiny bit, which created the contact and turned me into the wall. It was pretty heavy on the [steering] wheel and it hurt my hands when it hit. I just lost the rear and it went into the wall.

“It’s not the best thing to happen, but it could have been a lot worse.”

Barr said that it was his first accident in car racing, but was not fazed by the aftermath, fully expecting the situation to be resolved in time for the third event of the season at Spa-Francorchamps in three weeks’ time.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in the wall and it’s the first time I’ve ever crashed. I’m lucky that it’s the only one that’s happened so far, but it was a pretty big one.

“The car is insured so we just have to pay the excess, which shouldn’t be too bad. I’ll definitely have the car sorted.”

Despite the accident, Barr refused to speak out against Nagy, insisting that it was a decision that could only be made by the stewards after reviewing the evidence.

“It’s not really my thing to say, that’s for the stewards, but we’ll have to wait and see what they make of it.

“I’m not really angry at anyone to be honest, it happens. Small movements can make big things happen, but that’s racing.”

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