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      03-28-2015, 01:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation Tragedy at the VLN opening race today at Nurburgring

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Tragic accident overshadows VLN opener on the Nordschleife.

March 28, 2016

Nürburgring (DE), 28th March 2015.
BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and many other privateer BMW teams were in action in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) on Saturday. However, the first race of the year was overshadowed by a serious accident with tragic consequences.

A good hour into the race, a car left the track and finally came to a stop behind the safety barriers. According to the organisers, several spectators were injured. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, one person succumbed to their injuries in the medical centre at the racetrack.

The remaining injured spectators were taken to hospital for further medical care. The race was red-flagged to allow the emergency services quick access to the scene of the accident, and was not restarted.

The thoughts of BMW Motorsport are with all involved in this accident, as well as their families and friends.

Guys, for those that haven't heard yet, there was a tragedy at the first VLN race held today at the Nordschleife. The race was red flagged and will not be restarted at all. A Nissan GTR driver went airborne at Flugplatz and directly impacted the safety tires and primary fencing and landing on the other side of it.

Sadly, a spectator died and about 4 were injured. News of the accident is all over german news and the internet right now.

http://www.motorsport.com/vln/news/s...g-vln-accident



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Here is a better angle as to where the GTR went airborne. You will notice the slight double "hump" on the track as the second car passes. The GTR goes airborne on the 1st one.



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Reported today via Motorsport.com, the German Motorsport Federation, DSMB, has banned all GT3 cars in the SP7 through SP10 and SP-X class from the Nurburgring until further notice. This has thrown into question the upcoming Nurburgring 24 hour race scheduled for the weekend of 14-17 May and also the upcoming VLN series races. The federation wants to analyze what happened in order to implement measures to make sure that it does not happen again.

http://www.motorsport.com/vln/news/g...fatal-accident
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      03-28-2015, 01:14 PM   #2
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omg that is nuts. So sad about the spectator. Thoughts go out to the families.
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Do stock U.S. spec GTR's have the flat bottom? Looks like a Ferrari Testarosa from the 1980's on the underside.
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      03-28-2015, 01:47 PM   #4
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Wow crazy how it got picked up like that. Poor crowd.
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      03-28-2015, 01:55 PM   #5
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Horrible news!
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      03-28-2015, 01:56 PM   #6
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Do stock U.S. spec GTR's have the flat bottom? Looks like a Ferrari Testarosa from the 1980's on the underside.
Guessing part of aero package for that car, not stock
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      03-28-2015, 02:40 PM   #7
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I thought that flat bottom cars were banned ages ago to avoid this issues.

RIP to the family of the victim!
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      03-28-2015, 02:45 PM   #8
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Just...WOW...wow ..wow !!!!
It's not the first time that GTR's went airborne !
Damn...
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      03-28-2015, 06:09 PM   #9
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The Nismo wasn't the only car catching "a little" air...

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Wow that's nuts
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Thoughts and prays to all involved.
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Wow! Rip, thoughts go out to the families affected by this tragedy.
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That GTR was not stock, fully modified under carriage.
He took air like those racing speed boats that fly through the air before impact
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So sad what was to be a fun day turned to disaster.
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RIP fellow enthusiast. My condolences to the family of this tragedy.
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Tragic. One of the reasons i never go to air shows or race tracks like that. While exciting to be so close to the action. Unfortunately these things can happen, thank god not to often. Sad day all around.
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Deepest condolences to all those affected!
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someone was playing gran turismo and set this up with escudo specs


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I read on another site the fatality was an American tourist. Terrible no matter what their nationality. Feel awful for the driver as well, no fault of his it would appear.

I wonder what was different about this lap, suspension unloads cresting the hill and lifts a little, front downforce is greatly dimished when the splitter isn't close to the ground, high pressure builds underneath and over it goes. But surely the anticipated this could happen at this location. He wasn't drafting anyone.

Then you have this sort of thing...
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Be interesting to see what caused the car to take off.. Too much reliance on down pressure?
Reminds me of Senna's accident..
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Wow thats horrible Rip
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Be interesting to see what caused the car to take off.. Too much reliance on down pressure?
Reminds me of Senna's accident..
Lack of downforce !
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