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    When track days go all wrong

    This turned up on a board in the UK. I didn't see the full story but it seems that someone apart from the owner was driving it at the time. He got out of it without injury, which speaks volumes for the safety of the 16V but it looks painful just the same.

    <img src="http://phyr.theredsky.com/albums/upload/rolledbx16v.jpg" alt=" - " />

    It apparently was lapping as well as a Sierra Cosworth prior to this happening. dance

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    ouch!... how did that fold happen in the rear hatch, did it just fold under the pressure.
    If he was lapping near the cossie, then he was pushing.
    Seems he has 205gti 15" wheels too, and maybe some sticky rubber. either way as Alan said, hurts. - chris
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    Alan,

    is there more of a story to go with the pic? Was it mechanical fault, "helping hand" by other drivers? or just a plain driver error?

    I hope noone was hurt. *shivers down the spine*
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    Yeaouch.

    I've seen my fair share of trackday boo-boos. One of them involved a young bloke taking father-in-laws E36 M3 out for blat at Oran Park.

    The poor bloke rolled it. I don't think that family's xmas dinners will ever be the same.

    Another good mate of mine spilt a wee bit of fuel on his rear tyres and didn't think anything of it. A couple of laps later the rear end let go on turn 1 at Wakefield at ~200kmh. Big ouchie.

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    tekkie,

    About all I know was that there were a few having a bit of a play and this guy took this car for a run & was doing well until he turned his world upside down.
    The owner of the car seems to be phylosophical about it as I think he was intending ripping the mechanicals on this car for a 205 conversion but then was toying with the idea of a V6 transplant into this body which now has gone into the "things I now don't have to do" basket. deal
    He doesn't seem to want to tell any stories about what happened but has said that the driver has written a report on it somewhere, so from that I think it's fair to assume it was driver error that possibly is being couched in such a way as to hopefully have us believe it was a freak of nature. From all accounts, the driver walked away without a scratch. dance

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    Worst I ever saw was at a bike ride day at Eastern Creek...

    A guy had a Kawasaki 750, the genuine racing superbike model, he'd worked three jobs to be able to buy it.

    But that meant he was pretty tired on the circuit...

    Result? A very hairy crash in turn 1, somersaulting and parting of components everywhere, not to mention injuries to the rider.

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    Worst i saw was at Melb Cup day Sprints at Sandown Raceway. 2 yrs ago. Wet drizzly day Porch 911 Carrera As the driver dumped into 6th gear opposite pit row, i saw the rear end shimmmy. & thought sh1t it's aqua planeing. Sure enough after another 20 or 30 metres the car started an ever so slow (at 200k+) 180 spin, anotrher 50m And he impacts the concrete wall, bounces off for the next 150m it took tpo stop he completed the 360 deg spin & stopped on the other side of the track. It took an hour and a half to clean up & get it on the flat top which took effort as 5 of the 6 engine mounts were broken. The Engine Casting was scraping the bitumen for the final 150metres.
    I think the owner may have taken the for sale sign off the rear window.
    I never heard what happened to it, i think it would've been a write off.
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