Motor racing: Briton Legge to undergo leg surgery after crash in testing

FILE PHOTO: Amlin Aguri's Katherine Legge of Britain speaks to the media after a news conference for the upcoming Formula E Championship race on Saturday in Beijing, September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

(Reuters) - British driver Katherine Legge will have surgery on her left leg following a crash in testing ahead of this weekend’s European Le Mans Series opener in Le Castellet, France, the 40-year-old said on Thursday.

Legge, who competes for the all-female Richard Mille Racing team, also broke her right wrist on Wednesday after her car went off track on the exit of the Signes corner and crashed into the guardrail.

The organisers said in a statement here that Legge was conscious following the accident and was flown to a hospital in Toulon.

“Big thank you to everyone who had a part in looking after me... I really do appreciate all your work and efforts to get me out and as comfortable as possible,” Legge said on social media.

“I will have surgery in a few hours on my left leg and will update you all after.”

Teams have started testing ahead of the opening race at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Sunday. The start of the season had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry