Archive | June 22, 2009

Blacked up fan seen at Spanish Grand Prix (again)

June 22, 2009

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Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/hamilton-race-row-is-revived-by-blackedup-spectator-1682714.html; http://www.everyrace.net/; http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8042572.stm 

Newspapers have reported that a spectator who had blacked-up his arms, face and hands whilst wearing a McLaren shirt was spotted amongst the 92,430 attendance on the Sunday 10th May race of the Spanish Grand Prix, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

A spokeswoman for the International Automobile Federation (FIA) confirmed that: “We are aware of it and looking into it,” however there was no suggestion that Lewis Hamilton had experienced any abuse.

The FIA had previously warned the Spanish authorities that they could face sanctions if there was any repeat of the incidents experienced by Hamilton, Formula One’s first black champion, at a test in February 2008. During that incident, a group of people painted their faces black and wore curly wigs and Tshirts proclaiming they were ‘Hamilton’s family’. The outrage at this incident led to the FIAs anti-racism initiative – EveryRace.

Watch the Full video clip of the fan here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8042572.stm

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Lucky escape at RDP Welsh Rally

June 22, 2009

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Sources: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5279436/Rally-drivers-death-defying-escape-from-crash.html; http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/05/06/incredible-video-of-115mph-rally-car-crash-which-left-driver-with-minor-cuts-115875-21335096/

Another day, another country, another rally crash! Nobody injured at this one though, although having watched the video below, I’m not sure how they survived!

The accident happened at 0930 at the RDP Welsh Rally at Epynt, Mid Wales on 3rd May, 2009. As the car came over the jump at 115mph, there was a gust of wind and it lost its line in the air. The car landed in the ditch and started catapulting through the air before coming to a rest 150yards away. Both driver (Darren Pools, 35yrs) and co-driver (Chris Beer, 37yrs) momentarily lost consciousness and were flown to hospital for checks, however amazingly both drivers were later released with minor bruising. The £20,000 Talbot Sunbeam was however a write-off.

Darren comments that: “The car landed in a ditch and just started rolling over and over. After a few rolls my helmet was ripped off my head and at one stage my arms and legs were hanging out of the window. You have a very short time to react – it was very scary. It felt like we were in a tumble drier, although it was a bit of a blur really.”

While Chris summed the accident up when he said how he felt lucky to be alive after medics told him the force of the rolling car had pushed his internal organs upwards and nearly ripped out his eyes.”

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Three spectators injured in English Rally Accident

June 22, 2009

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/8099654.stm; http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/latest/2009/06/14/three-injured-after-rally-car-crash-115875-21440973/

Seems like it’s the season for rally cars leaving circuits! BBC news reports another crash, this time during the Abingdon Motor Sports Carnival held at the Abingdon race track in Oxfordshire on 14th June 2009. The report states that 0930 BST, the rally car left the circuit and ended up on the grass verge where it collided with two marshalls and a photographer injuring them. An 18yr old man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, while two other men aged 22 and 60yrs were taken to hospital with minor injuries. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening. The driver and co-driver were also treated for shock at the scene, but were otherwise unhurt.

Police officers are investigating the incident along with the Health & Safety Executive and the Motor Sport Association.

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Three spectators killed in Czech rally accident

June 22, 2009

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Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/motorSportsNews/idUKLS37545920090328?feedType=RSS&feedName=motorSportsNews&rpc=401; http://sport.scotsman.com/top-stories/Rallying-Rally-suspended-after-tragedy.5119355.jp

Three spectators have died after a rally car drove into the crowd during a domestic championship race near the eastern town of Stramberk in the Czeck republic, on Saturday 28th March, 2009.

Czech Television also reports that a Slovak Driver (Lukas Lapdavsky) and an injured spectator were taken to hospital. The Valasska Rally (a race on the International Championship of the Czech Republic circuit) was suspended after the accident.

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NASCAR Mexico Race Driver Dies

June 22, 2009

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Sources: http://uk.reuters.com/article/motorSportsNews/idUKN1415039120090615?feedType=RSS&feedName=motorSportsNews; http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/Remembering-Carlos-Pardo-NASCAR-Mexico-driver-k?urn=nascar,171140; http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1849293/nascar_mexico_series_driver_killed.html?cat=14; http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/index.php/2009/06/carlos-pardo-wins-nascar-race-dies-in-crash/

On Sunday June 14th, an accident in the Mexican NASCAR series (Autodromo Miguel E. Abed, State of Puebla) resulted in the death of Carlos Pardo.

The 33yr old driver was leading the race after 97 laps into a 100-lap race around the circuit, he was then bumped by the car behind (Jorge Goeters) as it attempted to accelerate past, and this spun Pardo’s car into the concrete retaining walls around the pit exit at 120mph. Essentially Pardo’s car disintegrated on impact (you can see clips of this on youtube, but out of respect, they have not been reproduced on this blog). Although Pardo was quickly extracted from the wreckage and medevaced to a nearby hospital, he died about 45 minutes after the impact. NASCAR Mexico later awarded him the win posthumously, as the race was stopped following the accident.

The Mexican version of the NASCAR League is operated by entertainment giant CIE (CIEB.MX) and privately-held firm Selca, and does not compete with American drivers. Given the mechanics of the accident and the amount of disintegration of the car though, some commentators have suggested that the safety measures seen in American and International motor racing were not in place. Others commentators have suggested that the fault lay with the race drivers themselves and particularly in how the nudge occurred. This story may therefore develop further…

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