Jackie Stewart denies car claim
Published 25/03/2010 | 13:31
Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart has denied he was behind the wheel during a supercar test drive crash which left a repair bill of more than £300,000.
The Pagani Zonda S, which can reach speeds of 220mph, was badly damaged when a professional driver took it out near Aberdeen last September, insurers Aviva said.
The former Formula 1 world champion was named as the driver of the car in a newspaper report but Sir Jackie's private secretary Oliver Anderson said the motor racing legend was not involved.
The £528,000 car spun out of control on a narrow country road before hitting a telegraph pole and smashing through a fence. It has now been sent for repair to Modena in Italy, where the vehicles are made.
Mr Anderson said: "He was not in the country. He was not there. He would have been in Switzerland."
The supercar's owner Gareth Jones told the Press and Journal newspaper his car was on a test run for a magazine article.
Mr Jones, who lives near Ellon in Aberdeenshire, more than 20 miles from Aberdeen, said: "The roads were quite greasy and wet and it was adjacent to a farm, so it was muddy. He (the driver) was mortified. He was extremely upset and very sorry. I was upset but delighted that it could be repaired."
Mr Jones told the paper the driver was a "household name".
The final bill could be more than £300,000 once all the repairs are completed, a spokesman for Aviva said. The company said it is thought to be one of the highest ever pay-outs in the UK.
The insurance claim was lodged by the test driver, not the owner of the car.