He might have suffered a sickening crash at Donington Park in round two of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship, but his heroics easily earned Jason Plato the second HiQ Champagne Moment award of the season.
The defending champion careered off the track at the infamous Craner Curves, flipping through the gravel in one of the most talked about moments of the weekend.
Even more spectacularly, he recovered and somehow returned for the final race of the day when his RML team stripped and rebuilt the car within two hours.
Their teamwork enabled Plato to sit behind the wheel for race three and post a 6th place finish, to the delight of thousands of fans.
Winning fan Chris Phipps from Upminster was picked at random to win a bottle of champagne and present a bottle of bubbly to Plato in person, before embarking on a grid walk before one of the races.
Unfortunately, Chris couldn't attend Thruxton so the award presentation will now take place later in the season.
Plato said at the time: "It was amazing. It looked an impossible task and the car looked like a Transformer. But the lads were just amazing. You could see the passion in everybody.
"They're the best racing team in the world, forget F1. I had tears in my eyes, they had tears in their eyes and to see their commitment makes up for all the bad weekends we'll ever have. There was real emotion out there."
One lucky fan who has logged his or her details onto the website will be picked at random to present the prize to the driver and complimentary race tickets will also be provided, along with a grid walk of the track before one of the races.
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