A touristenfahrten session at the Nurburgring ended in tragedy on Saturday afternoon, with the driver and passenger of a Honda Civic perishing in a horrific crash. According to a reports, the Civic driver lost control at the Kesselchen section of track, crashing into the scene of an earlier incident which was being attended to by a pair of marshals in a safety car.
With the crash badly crushing the Civic, the 29-year-old French male driver and his 29-year-old female passenger died at the scene. The two marshals were injured - one seriously - while a third person was treated for shock.
The Nordschleife does have solar-powered warning lights, but Dale Lomas of Nurburgring blog Bridge to Gantry states that: “we need more of them, and in better positions, and more people dedicated to controlling them,” while also noting that Kesselchen is over a mile away from the nearest warning light. “This means that impatient drivers can often get ‘bored’ of slowing down for the light and will accelerate again leaving Bergwerk,” Lomas says.
Our thoughts go out to the families of those involved.