Late last we saw a Nurburgring touristenfahrten session end in disaster, with a fluid spill triggering a 15-car pile-up. Subsequent footage frustratingly showed cars continuing to plough into sticken cars at the Hatzenbach section of the Nordschleife, with destructive results. At the time, drivers reported a lack of yellow flags waved before the crash site.
Now, we’re given a new perspective of the accident that effectively demonstrates just how quickly things can go wrong at the tricky 12.9 mile track. The above video was shot from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS that’s seen sliding into frame in the exterior-shot footage below at the 1min 3sec mark, and it gives us a better understanding of how and why it all unfolded the way it did.
First though, we get five important pieces of advice. Perhaps the most relevant in the case of this accident being to not drive at 100 per cent during a touristenfahrten lap, and advising potential good Samaritans against parking up ‘in the line of fire’. You may have the noble intent of warning approaching drivers, but you’re also turning your car into a potentially lethal obstacle that could make things so much worse.
As for the accident footage itself, we see the RS driver chasing a Lamborghini Huracan, before coming round a blind left-hand bend and being presented with multiple stopped cars. There’s precious little time to react, and thanks to the spilt coolant, he slides into a Skoda Octavia, before spinning backwards into the barrier. At this point the camera falls off its mounting, and we’re left with only a series of sickening thuds, screaming and shouting.
In the lengthy YouTube description (it’s well worth reading the whole thing), the uploader describes how he was in the middle of exiting the car, before deciding to get back in upon seeing three cars about to join the pile-up. We’re also told of a man who was flung 10 metres in the air “ejected by the [crashing Audi] TT,” yet somehow escaped with only a broken leg. The Audi driver was less lucky, and had to be cut from his car and flown to hospital by helicopter.
All of this a harrowing reminder that no lap of the ‘Ring should be taken lightly. Wear a helmet, leave some margin for error and keep a safe distance from other cars. You never know what might be around the next corner.
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