(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Michael Caine, the racing partner of Ahmad al Harthy for the Oman Air Motorbase Team, survived a gas poisoning scare during the British GT Championship in Brands Hatch, UK, on August 11, according to local media reports.
Caine reportedly overcame carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning during the race in his Porsche 997 GT3 R and had to be rushed to the medical centre at Brands Hatch after the two-hour race.
He was said to have been exposed to fumes from the exhaust of his car for more than 60 minutes.
CO poisoning over an extended period of time and in a high dose is known to be fatal even as the gas is odourless and extremely difficult to detect.
The British driver, who is the defending British GT champion, was administered oxygen and kept under observation for several hours before he was released.
Caine, however, continued to experience headaches, chest pain and numbness over the next few days.
''With 22 minutes of the race to go, I couldn't handle it any more,'' Caine was quoted as saying in Cambridge News on Friday. ''I stayed in the car, which was probably not the best idea, and finished the race. The drone of the engine and the smell of the fumes was horrendous."
''I've had splitting headaches all week and lost all feeling in my left hand for a while. My chest feels like it has been hit by a truck.''
Earlier in that race, the car had met with an accident with Caine's co-driver Ahmad at the wheel.
The vehicle's rear bumper and exhaust were damaged, which resulted in toxic fumes seeping into the car.
The Oman Air Motorbase Team finished a creditable seventh at the race, which was the fifth round of the championship.
Caine is expected to be fit and ready for the next round of the British GT Championship in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, next month.