Liam Doran is not smiling. And he has every reason to smile, really. He’s an X-Games gold medallist. He’s sponsored by Monster Energy. Even the ruddy sun is shining. No, Liam Doran is concerned. We’re sitting in the shade on a bench at his home circuit of Lydden Hill in the deepest corner of Kent - where Jeremy, Richard and James had such fun in the last episode of series 18, don’t forget - and I have just asked him to explain the circumstances of his very recent crash at the Nürburgring in a Nissan GT-R, from which he walked away unharmed.
“I went out to the ‘Ring with Forge Motorsport and Litchfield to do some filming and promo stuff in my R35 Nissan GT-R, and was having a really chilled out day,” he says, with a nonchalance that belies the severity of his accident.
“Then I just got caught out.” he shrugs, in an oh-well-these-things-happen kind of way.
Words: Vijay Pattni
Photography: Rowan Horncastle