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Rally victim Kenny Clubb tells of surviving 'freak' crash

Kenny Clubb
Image caption Kenny Clubb was released from hospital after the accident

One of the four spectators hurt when a car left an Aberdeenshire forest track during a rally has told how he was lucky to escape the "freak" accident.

Kenny Clubb, 39, was among a group of Granite City Rally spectators who went to help when a car went off the road. Another car then hit them.

Mr Clubb told BBC Scotland: "It was one of the those real freak coincidences".

The life of the most seriously injured of the four, Joe Bolger, is no longer thought to be at risk.

Mr Clubb, of Peterculter, was watching the rally near Banchory on Saturday.

He recalled: "One of the cars had gone off the track and, as often happens, the spectators try to get the car back on to allow them to go on."

Mr Clubb, speaking after being released from hospital, said what happened next was a "freak coincidence" and "just an accident".

He said: "By some very, very unfortunate coincidence the car that was coming along behind us hit us from behind.

"The strange experience is that we did not hear anything coming.

'Seriously hurt'

"Once the car hit us I went up in the air which probably saved me from serious injury. You just realised that something is happening and you do not know how it's going to end.

"I think I am the luckiest guy out of all of us to have escaped. The other three chaps are seriously hurt but they are still alive. I am just sore. My thoughts are with the other guys."

Mr Clubb added: "It has not put me off the sport."

Joe Bolger suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries, but Grampian Police said he was recovering in hospital and they were satisfied his injuries were no longer life-threatening.

The other two injured spectators were David Tait and Jonny Smith.

The Granite City Rally is billed as "the biggest motorsport event in the north east of Scotland".

The course runs for 44 miles (71km), in five stages, and is the third round in the Scottish Rally Championship.

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