Here’s a sobering reminder that crashes are no nice things to have, even on a circuit with run-off and safety barriers. The video contains some genuinely distressing audio.
In race one of the Oulton Park round of the MG Trophy last weekend, driver Adrian Wray was involved in a huge shunt with fellow racer Ollie Hood. Contact between the two cars resulted in Wary spinning off the track on the Lakeside straight, although since writing this article we’ve spoken to Adrian and he’s very keen not to place blame at anyone’s door.
The initial impact with the Armco sends one marshal scurrying for cover, but the nightmarish hit flips the car up and over the safety barrier – straight into the side of marshal post number seven, which had two marshals sitting inside at the time. Both, luckily, escaped injury but the damage to the side of the structure is clear.
Wray is left clearly in pain, begging for help from the marshals who are almost certainly in shock themselves. However, these volunteers did a fine job of rescuing Wray from the crushed MG after this footage ends, and deserve the thanks they’ve been given.
Wray’s MG was completely destroyed in the crash. The video at the top of this page shows some aftermath pictures at the end, and to our eyes the roll cage looks to have done a, err, sub-optimal job, but Wray credits the cage for saving his life regardless. Get well soon, Adrian!