For the second time this year I’m surprised at how easily a fire started in a crash in an Australian V8 Supercar race. I appreciate it was a high speed crash but you so rarely see fires like this in racing these days.
Of course the most important thing is Besnard and the marshals who attended to him are apparently alright.
This came right after the team had changed his brake pads and it corresponded with a radio problem in the car. The team seems to think he may not have heard their messages to pump the brakes to gain brake pressure, and not realised the problem until he was doing 260km/h at the end of the straight, where he found he had half the normal stopping power and spun the car into the wall.
This is the second major fire in the category this year after Karl Reindlers massive start line crash at Barbagallo Raceway. This is the second last year for the current design of car with the Car of The Future coming into effect in 2013. It will feature a more centralised fuel cell that they hope will stop this kind of accident.
My concern with this plan is that the fuel tank will be INSIDE the cabin and should an accident like this occur, the fire will likely occur very close to the driver. It’s a frightening thought…