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Old 14th June 2005, 20:15   #1
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Default Fatal Carrera GT Accident

1. Driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts.
2. They were wearing helmets.
3. NOT a street racing incident, but a controlled track event.










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Old 14th June 2005, 20:39   #2
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Ok, here's the deal.

This should explain better.


I'f you look at where it happened, it's evident that it didn't happen on the main track.

And if you you look at the direction in which he must have come, it's a bloody straight road.

I feel he must have been trying to overtake another car and lost control. Have they mentioned what caused it?

Here's the path that they were following during the track day event.


Straight under the cross over bridge is where it happened.

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Old 14th June 2005, 20:59   #3
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Ouch!

My feeling is, had it been an F1 car, he would have walked away.

How exactly did the driver die? Safety features must have been high. Airbags all around, plus a racing safety harness, etc. Seems unlikely that anything beyond broken legs or cracked ribs may have occurred. But obviously that's not the case.

My condolences to their kin. Hardly the CGT driver's fault. Wear all your gear. Be safe. Only on track. And still this may happen...
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Old 14th June 2005, 22:28   #4
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It was a damn sad incident. I knew about for quite a while now, and for some reason didn't post it. The owner of the CGT was a regular at many of the Porsche forums, and seemed a like a damn nice chap, not your usual arrogant supercar owner.

Apparently he was avoiding another car, veered off track at close to 100 mph or more I believe. I'm not sure that the CGT comes with Airbags on the sides, and probably only the driver and passenger airbags. Braking on grass from those speeds is a waste.
The concrete wall in the run-off area doesn't seem like a good idea at all, I don't think it absorbed any energy of the crash.

It probably wasn't the driver's fault, or the CGT's fault, or the supposed incident he was avoiding, he was a victim of consequence. Just the wrong place, at the wrong time.

My condolences to those he left behind.
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Really sad to know about it. Almost in tears. Man didnot the safety devices help. My condolences to those who were left no more after this incident..
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Man didnot the safety devices help
Most safety devices aren't that effective at speeds of over 100mph. A car rated at 5 stars (at 30mph) won't be able to offer the same safety levels at 100+mph.

The concrete barrier idea is stupid. Firstly, they should have provided a run off area on both sides of the straight. They should have replaced the barriers with gravel or high grip paint (as seen on most "state of the art race" tracks).

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This is very sad indeed. I went through the forum linkygiven by GTO and it just doesnt seem alright when you loose someone youre so around with. I guess ported interacted with him too. May his sould rest in peace and condolences to his family
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Like they say Montoya , you may have all the safety devices in the world but when its youre day to go you go :(

Really sad

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Very sad indeed. It sometimes makes you think "why aren't these cars safe??"
Moreover, I just can't understand a few things:
  • Why is that wall projecting like that, why wasn't it made parallel to the road?!?
    Isn't it soo obvious that if a car loses control it'd go directly into that wall??
  • Where are the tyre walls??!
  • The wall itself. That wall doesn't even have absorbing areas, its just a STIFF wall.
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I've been going through the link gto provided...

I feel sorry for him, passenger, their family and friends.
We never know when it may be our time to go.
Please everyone drive safe...for the sake of your loved ones.
Cant even begin to imagine what their families are going through.

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man thats real bad.feel so sorry for his family and loved ones.

becareful guys and drive safe.with great power comes great responsibility so when you drive big powerful cars use it responsibly.


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Very sad indeed. It sometimes makes you think "why aren't these cars safe??"
These cars are safe, under certain conditions. There are too many variables. You can expect optimum performance under every possible condition.
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We never know when it may be our time to go.
Please everyone drive safe...for the sake of your loved ones.

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& hence, please change your tyres !
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& hence, please change your tyres !
Been hearing that for some time now. Are they really that bald? Does anyone have any pics of his tyres??

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Man, its things like this that remind us that our passion is not to be taken lightly.

The CGT is one of the safest cars, with is carbon fibre protection cell around the occupants along with the other safety features that are part and parcel of a supercar. But, no car in the world can provide its occupants with 100% safety, thats just not possible.
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Man, its things like this that remind us that our passion is not to be taken lightly.

The CGT is one of the safest cars, with is carbon fibre protection cell around the occupants along with the other safety features that are part and parcel of a supercar. But, no car in the world can provide its occupants with 100% safety, thats just not possible.
Very true, RT. No car is 100% safe unless it is insured by the Almighty one. Manufacturers give us very powerful and very capable machines. But theres a caveat. One has to know how to harness the raw power of these super-machines. Simply because a car CAN do 130-140 mph does not mean one should be compelled to drive so extremely.

Speaking generally, I understand it is very difficult to control an adrenalin rush when you get one. But it just HAS to be controlled, or you end up paying dearly with your life.
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