Despite two motorsport accidents that left him with a broken back in eight places, a fractured sacrum and two shattered hands, Family Feud host Grant Denyer has made the shocking decision to get back behind the wheel.
The father-of-two revealed last week that he was determined to race again, despite crashing at 160km/h in a rally car accident in March – ignoring suggestions that he shouldn’t tempt fate after yet another near-death smash.
And while his loving wife Cheryl has remained publicly supportive of her Gold Logie nominee husband’s racing career, the mum is said to be privately anxious about his recent decision to get back on the track.
‘Chezzi and Grant are each other’s whole world, and she’d be lost without him,’ says a source close to the couple.
‘They’ve got two little girls, and Chezzi is just worried that Grant has had two near misses where he was fortunate to walk away alive.
‘What if he’s not so lucky the next time? Chezzi loves Grant and left the decision to race completely up to him, but she can’t help but feel a little bit betrayed. She just doesn’t want something bad to happen to him, and can’t help but think his decision to race again is a little selfish.’
Grant admitted last week that Chezzi – who nursed Grant back to health after his two near-death crashes – had ‘graciously’ left the choice to race again up to him. But he claims that it was actually the couple’s two children – Sailor, six, and 19-month-old Scout – that made him want to get back behind the wheel.
‘I’ll be back in the race car for sure,’ Grant told The Daily Telegraph. ‘You don’t want your last experience to be a bad one... and what lesson would I be teaching my kids if you have a knock and then you give up?'
‘I’ve been jumping in motion simulators to try and make sure the body is OK and I’ve got the grip in my hand and can change gears, and it is fine.
‘Cheryl completely left the decision to me, which was wonderfully gracious. She comes to the track all the time with the kids and it is a big part of her life as well.
‘I might stay away from rallying, but circuit racing is not dangerous normally. I’ve only had two accidents in 25 years of racing. I’ve had almost 400 races in my career and only been to hospital twice.
‘It’s my fault that the only times I’ve had an accident, there’s been a bloody camera there!’ he added.
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