Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Motor-Sports


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 18th March 2017, 11:32   #1
BHPian
 
KartikeyaL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jaipur
Posts: 922
Thanked: 2,841 Times
Default Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Just read the terrible news that Ashwin Sundar and his wife have been killed in an horrific car accident this morning.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/57700560.cms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashwin_Sundar

RIP
KartikeyaL is online now   (10) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 12:10   #2
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 45,239
Thanked: 72,629 Times
Default re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

No way, man, no way. What a smart young lad with such promising talent. Deeply saddened by the news.

May God bless the souls of Ashwin & his wife. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident-1.jpg

Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident-2.jpg

Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident-3.jpg

Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident-4.jpg

Would urge everyone to keep a glass hammer in their car - related thread.

Lastly, do drive safe. I don't want to be judgemental, but prima facie = night time, empty road, fast car, collision with a stationary object / car all point to driver error here. Unless of course, he swerved to avoid a pedestrian or something, but at that time, the roads are usually empty.

Last edited by GTO : 18th March 2017 at 12:20.
GTO is offline   (45) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 13:06   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Chennai
Posts: 9
Thanked: 44 Times
Unhappy Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Quote:
Originally Posted by KartikeyaL View Post
Just read the terrible news that Ashwin Sundar and his wife have been killed in an horrific car accident this morning.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/57700560.cms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashwin_Sundar

RIP
What a way to start a weekend? : (

I knew him from his early racing career. He was such a promising driver and a multiple national champion both on 2 and 4 wheels. He had such a long racing career ahead of him. Motorsport has lost yet another champion.

The entire nature of the accident shocked me. Being burnt alive inside a car that has crashed! Didn't the doors unlock on impact? Were they conscious on impact? Did people who were around not know what to do? Leaves a lot of questions to ask, but would the answers bring the person (and his wife) back? However, there could be lessons that we may learn from those answers.

RIP is an easy way to bid goodbye, but then, would it let those who are left behind rest in peace? My condolences to those who the young couple left behind.
swissknife is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 13:14   #4
Team-BHP Support
 
Gannu_1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Madras
Posts: 4,475
Thanked: 8,541 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Tragic news. RIP. :(

I have a dry powder fire extinguisher in the car but I keep it in the boot. My wife keeps insisting me to keep it inside the car somewhere on the rear footwell. I think I should listen to her. Incidents like these gives me the scares!

A firex is cheap at 2k for a 2L cylinder. May make a difference between life and death. Please consider investing in one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by swissknife View Post
Didn't the doors unlock on impact?
From the pics, it appears the car was jammed between a wall on the driver side and a tree on the co-driver side.
Gannu_1 is offline   (10) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 13:56   #5
Team-BHP Support
 
Jaggu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 17,079
Thanked: 5,914 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Sad loss may their soul rest in peace. Condolence to the family.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTO View Post


Would urge everyone to keep a glass hammer in their car - related thread.
You can also remove the headrest and use the the bar to break glass, if you have a removable headrest.

Jaggu is online now   (13) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 14:05   #6
Distinguished - BHPian
 
smartcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,447
Thanked: 6,650 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Looking at the damage to the structure of the car, fire extinguishers or glass breakers would NOT have helped. It is very likely that both were unconscious or severely hurt. NDTV article confirms that his wife could not be extricated by passersby from the car because her legs were stuck.
smartcat is online now   (8) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 14:54   #7
BHPian
 
BLACKBLADE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Tiruchirappalli
Posts: 49
Thanked: 75 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ashwin and Niveditha. It's been just over a year after the couple had got married last year, in February 2016.

News reports indicate that he was driving a BMW Z4 which rammed in to a tree and caught fire. The car was badly mangled and caught fire and burned uncontrollably, that no rescue attempt could be made by the people near by the accident spot.

Supposedly Ashwin and Niveditha could not make any move, since they were either unconscious or caught up in the mangles, leaving them helpless, burning to death. So painful it is, to even think of, for how long the couple had been trapped inside the burning car, before dying.

Quoting Ashwin's illustrious racing career from www.hindustantimes.com below.

Quote:
One of India’s most prominent racers in the domestic arena, Ashwin Sundar had been in the professional car racing circuit for well over a decade.

A former national champion across different categories, Ashwin Sundar had first made his mark in the sport by winning the 2002 MRF National Go-Kart Championships (U-17 age group) as a 13-year old, going on to win the title again in 2003.

His stock grew after he lifted the MRF Formula Mondial National titles in 2003 and 2004.

In 2004, Ashwin Sundar went on to make his debut in the Formula FISSME (800 cc) and Formula LGB series (1000 cc) series, finishing fourth in the Indian championship. In the process, he became the youngest Formula LGB driver at the time.

In 2006, he was adjudged Champion of Champions in India after winning the 115cc 4-stroke and 150cc 4-stroke titles.

The Chennai-born racer continued to make his mark in the sport in the later years.

In 2007, Sundar became the Indian champion in the Formula Hyundai and Formula Swift categories, the first driver to win both titles in the same season.

He became the champion at the MRF Formula 1600 International Challenge event in 2010, repeating the feat in 2011.

In 2012 Sundar lifted the Formula 4 national title. A year later, Sundar became the champion in MRF FF 1600 series.

Sundar was 27 years of age at the time of his death.

source: www.hindustantimes.com
I had earlier posted the news reports and photographs in this thread (Pics: Accidents in India)

Last edited by GTO : 18th March 2017 at 15:39. Reason: Removing bold text from article
BLACKBLADE is online now   (7) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 16:29   #8
BHPian
 
KartikeyaL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jaipur
Posts: 922
Thanked: 2,841 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

The below images are of the accident, ( sorry to share) but they show the enormity of the accident.

Picture credit : Times of India
Attached Images
  
KartikeyaL is online now   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 16:38   #9
KMT
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Coorg
Posts: 195
Thanked: 106 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Any idea what model BMW it was?
Can't believe how little is left of the car.
What a terrible way to go, really sad.

Last edited by GTO : 20th March 2017 at 10:46. Reason: No short-forms when referring to cars please
KMT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 17:38   #10
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Traveller
Posts: 87
Thanked: 63 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gannu_1 View Post
Te.

Sad, RIP. Condolence to the family.

Gannu_1 : Like first aid kit Fire extinguisher should be made mandatory for Indian Vehicles, specially when everything is plastic.

Yes I always carry a small portable Fire extinguisher for mental peace.

Also with approaching summer everyone should carry One. Even Chinese liter water bottle size costing Rs 200 or less are good. People may complain of being chinese but it also has a EU certification and applicable to all class of fires.
I will try to test a canister, still EU certification is legit.
ritz3645 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 17:46   #11
Newbie
 
snaseer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Mangalore
Posts: 20
Thanked: 31 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

What a tragic end to such gifted career.

From the pictures it looks as if both doors were stuck between the wall and the tree. And for the vehicle to catch fire, it looks as if the vehicle was in high speed.

Reminds me of Paul Walker incident.

Drive safe guys, there is always someone waiting for you at home.
snaseer is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 17:58   #12
BHPian
 
ecenandu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Guruvayoor/Chen
Posts: 883
Thanked: 1,065 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Quote:
Originally Posted by KMT View Post
Any idea what model BM it was?
Can't believe how little is left of the car.
What a terrible way to go, really sad.
It is a BMW Z4, buddy.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ecenandu View Post
ecenandu is online now   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 18:08   #13
Distinguished - BHPian
 
smartcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,447
Thanked: 6,650 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

Speed breaker + High speed was the cause of accident, according to this speculative article

http://www.newindianexpress.com/citi...d-1582872.html
smartcat is online now   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 18:17   #14
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 45,239
Thanked: 72,629 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

^ Possible. If you look closely at the videos doing the rounds, you will see skid marks turning left into the crash site.
GTO is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th March 2017, 21:05   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
R2D2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Punya Nagari
Posts: 1,469
Thanked: 509 Times
Default Re: Motorsport champion Ashwin Sundar passes away in tragic road accident

May Ashwin and his wife RIP. Terrible to think of their last few moments.

According to the press they were out celebrating. A young couple about to head off to a honeymoon after the lady's medical degree, returning home late in a fast car.

For a man with Ashwin's driving skills & experience with fast cars I think it was not just the speed breaker. Not sure if he was a teetotaller but I just hope it was not DUI which lead to a critical lapse in judgement at high speed.
R2D2 is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tragic News: Gopinath Munde passes away in road accident ankan.m.blr Street Experiences 119 6th December 2014 10:12
Tragic News! Karl Slym - MD of Tata Motors - passes away in Bangkok GTO The Indian Car Scene 100 29th January 2014 18:28
Ashwin declared FRC Champion 2009 schugun Indian Motorsport 0 16th November 2009 20:42
A very unique tragic accident !! emkay456 Street Experiences 20 24th September 2009 16:59
Raghuvaran Passes Away kb100 Shifting gears 32 20th March 2008 11:31


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 16:21.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks