999. BMW flips after intense contact with another car in Nürburgring VLN endurance road race; driver unscathed

Photo for Headline Surfer / Video by BridgeToGantry / A BMW M3 flips on the road course in this 2012 raw footage of a Nürburgring VLN endurance road course race, but the driver walks away unscathed.
Worst of the Woest: Motorsports Crashes / Headline SurferMultimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events and the public in general on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
 

By HENRY FREDERICK

Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The racing is billed on the Nürburgring VLN racing website as "MOTORSPORT CLOSE!" And that's an understatement as shown in an a raw video of a two-car crash coming of a turn on the road course in Wehrseifan, Germany. It's part of a 10-race endurance series of the Nurburgring VLN race, in this case the second of the 2012 racing season.

The driver of a BMW M3 E46 made contact with another racer and his car flipped and landed on the right side of the vehicle as it slid upside down from the outside oof the track to the inside.

The driver had difficulty climbing out so two rcing officials ran across the roadway while a flagman on the outside of the fence was waving two yellow flags. Still, the racing officials, not wearing helmets -- are fortunate they weren't hit by cars coming sarong the bend, even with the caution.

The fan who captured the crash posted his uploaded video:  "I pull the trusty pocketcam out just as the first few drops of rain fall on Wehrseifen. An E46 driver loses control on the entry to the corner, and ends up rolling all the way around. Race was the VLN #2 of 2012 and this was only the second lap of a four-hour event!"

Car flips / Headline SurferThe fan who captured the crash posted his uploaded video:  

"I pull the trusty pocketcam out just as the first few drops of rain fall on Wehrseifen. An E46 driver loses control on the entry to the corner, and ends up rolling all the way around. Race was the VLN #2 of 2012 and this was only the second lap of a four-hour event!"

The VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring is described on the racing entity's website as more than a "true evergreen for teams and drivers at the Nürburgring. Try it and you get infected with the VLN-fever!" 

The site goes on to say, "Being fan-friendly represents a top priority for the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. Therefore, the entrance is free all around the Nordschleife. Only those who want to witness the race action from the Grand Prix circuit’s grandstands and visit the paddock will have to pay €15. The reward is motor-racing at your fingertips, as the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring offers the spectators the chance of witnessing the work of the teams during both the practice sessions and the race at close range."

What is impressive as shown in the video of the BMW crash is the huge catch fence that appears to be a couple stories high where spectators are gathered across from the crash scene, though where the flagman is standing doesn't appear to offer nearly enough protection from a car careening over the guardrail fencing.

Premise for the series:
Motorsports fans are drawn to racing for different reasons: The excitement of speed, skill of drafting & passing; strategies on when to pit for fuel, tires or repairs; the will to win and so forth. Ultimately, though, it's the big crashes that fans seem to like more than anything. And though nobody wishes serious injury or death to drivers, crew members, emergency personnel & especially spectators, the sad reality is carnage is always lurking. Despite the latest technology & improvements in aerodynamics of vehicles, driver equipment and enhanced track safety features, the fine line between life & death is always at play in any given sanctioned motorsport. Given that Headline Surfer® puts such an emphasis on racing with Daytona Beach International Speedway, the 24/7 internet news outlet is counting down its listing of the top 1,000 WORST of the Worst. While on the surface it may come across as gratuitous gore to critics, there can never be enough discussion about the need for constant vigilance in looking at safety.

Recap: WORST of the Worst Motorsports crashes:

BMW M3 driver flips in crash on road course at the Nrburgring VLN race in 2012 in Germany / Headline Surfer®
999. BMW flips after intense contact with another car in Nürburgring VLN endurance road race; driver unscathed
2017-01-02 02:33:36 -0500
 
Rusty Wallace / Headline Surfer®
1,000. Rusty Wallace flips violently in 1983 Twin 125 qualifier at Daytona International Speedway
2017-01-01 16:05:48 -0500
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.