Nürburgring Crash Kills One, Injures Several Others
Written by Matthew Harris
[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap]t’s no secret that Nürburgring is easily one of, if not, the most dangerous race track in the world. Accidents seem way too common place amongst all the amazing racing that takes place here. But, nothing compared to what happened this past Saturday March 28th 2015.
Twenty three year old driver Jann Mardenborough, was driving his Nissan GTR Nismo in the first race of the season at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe when his car left the track and flipped in the air on the Flugplatz section of the historic circuit race. After crashing through the trackside fencing Mardenborough’s vehicle landed on its roof in a spectator area.
Several spectators were injured in the incident and have been taken to hospitals in the area. Despite the immediate efforts of the medical teams on site, one of the spectators has succumbed to their injuries and passed away. The driver escaped the wreck and was visibly shaken up but standing. He has been taken to the hospital for further inspection after initial checks in the circuit medical center.
Nissan has released a statement about the incident: “Today’s events have been a Tragedy. We are all deeply shocked and saddened by these events and our immediate thoughts go to the deceased, those injured and their families and friends.” Race organizers VLN also issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” and “their thoughts were with the families”
Following the incident the race was stopped and will not be restarted. At this time the cause of the crash is unknown. But, the Nissan team is fully co-operating with race organizers to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the wreck.
The 14-mile Nordschliefe circuit at the Nürburgring is notable for its striking twist and turns along with some extreme elevation changes, and has several viewing areas in very close proximity to the track, all factors that have made it so popular with German racing fans. It will be interesting to see how the safety of the drivers and fans alike change after this incident.