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Porsche GT3 crash spin Nürburgring video

This short accident video from the Nürburgring shows that you should take nothing for granted. Take a seat onboard a Porsche GT3 as he goes from driver to passenger in a split second.

  
The video starts just a few seconds before at Breidscheid bridge, where the driver takes a relaxed line at a very comfortable pace. Judging by the laptimer running at 4m30s it's safe to say he's not taking too many risks. But as he accelerates up Ex-Mühle towards Lauda links he keeps the throttle pinned.

And maybe you'll see it first time. The wash of coolant, right on the racing line. As the Porsche turns in, there's not much to be done except brace for impact. Ahead are two other accidents already blocking the track...

So what can we learn from such horror videos?

Firstly, as a good friend told me the other day, don't race a car that you can't push off a cliff. Shit happens, and even when you think you're doing it all safely it can and will go wrong.

Secondly, if you do have an accident, never, ever stand on the track. Check before you jump out of your car, and then get over the fence and start flagging. It's a long sprint from Bergwerk to Lauda links, through some rather prickly bushes, but if there was enough time to do it this third accident on that spill could have been avoided.

Finally (thanks veejay) GET ON THE PHONE and tell the control room. They can switch on the amber warning lights (flashing yellows). 0800 0302 112

hat-tip to Julian Bieber for the link!
   

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