The #3 Audi R18 TDI driven by Allan McNish was destroyed in a spectacular accident earlier this morning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. McNish walked away from the scene, was checked out at the hospital, given a clean bill of health, and has since returned to the Audi garage.
Contact during racing is typically accidental. Sometimes, however, you can’t call a crash an accident when one of the drivers involved clearly looks like he’s out to inflict a little pain. Just such a crackup occurred during a GT1 race at Silverstone this weekend when Aston Martin driver Stefan Mücke was a tad unhappy with Nissan GT-R driver Richard Westbrook.
About halfway through the race, Westbrook attempted to cut inside of Mücke’s Aston but the GT-R had no room, and instead went into the side of the British racecar, sending it spinning off track. Mücke regained control… but not his composure. He caught up with Westbrook and… well, click past the jump to watch the clip.
Today’s round of the Australian V8 Supercar series at Barbagallo didn’t even get to the first corner before a massive accident brought out the caution. When the green flag waved, driver Karl Reindler stalled his Holden Commodore and was rammed from behind by Steve Owen. Owen had already accelerated to almost 95 mph by the time he came into contact with Reindler.
The enormous impact was enough to make Reindler’s Holden explode into flames, and sent both parties spinning into the infield. Luckily, Reindler was able to find his own way out of his stricken Holden, and somehow escaped with only minor burns to his hands and face. Owen was unharmed in the wreck, though officials sent him to the infield medical center after he complained of soreness. After a 95-0 impact, we’d say that much is expected. Hop over the jump to see the video for yourself.