Wall receives medical green light

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 14/04/2015
  • By V8 Supercars

Wilson Security Racing GRM's David Wall fully expects he will campaign the upcoming Perth SuperSprint after his skin graft on his burned right toe was given the medical green light yesterday.

The two-time Australian GT Champion visited his specialist Dr John Crock in Melbourne yesterday for a routine, two-week check-up following his skin graft, which was in aid of the third degree 'full thickness' burn he attained to his big right toe at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

The appointment was the first time Wall's skin graft was assessed since the procedure, and found its rehabilitation was on track.

"Dr Crock was more than happy with it," Wall toldv8supercars.com.au.

"Skin grafts either take or they don't, and it has taken, which is obviously good.

"So far, it's looking like there shouldn't be any problem come Perth, Dr Crock was pretty optimistic... I'm still on crutches for another couple of weeks, which is mainly because if you stretch [the skin graft] or move it or anything, it's not good for it.

"The idea is to try and baby it a bit for the next week-and-a-half on the crutches, and he's told me that [the racing] side of things should be okay, unless something happens [to the skin graft]."

The Volvo factory driver has been advised to keep his foot elevated as much as possible to protect the skin graft, and may have to use a silicone sleeve on his toe as Perth approaches, to ensure the skin graft has embedded.

In a bid to race the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint before he had the procedure, Wall wore an oversized boot that his bandaged right foot could fit into - a protective measure he hopes he won't have to repeat at Barbagallo.

"I'm hoping I won't have to wear the odd boot again because it's a bit funny wearing one black and one white," he toldv8supercars.com.au.

"[My toe] might not be 100%, but it will easily be a lot better than what it was at Symmons, because to be honest it feels better than that now to what I had then.

"I'm itching to get back in the car... the last two weeks have felt like two months for me, and I'm looking forward to getting back in the car and heading over to Perth which was a good round to me last year."

The Sydneysider finished 7thin Perth on the Sunday in 2014 while piloting for the formerly-known Dick Johnson Racing.

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