By HENRY FREDERICK
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!"
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!"
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.
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