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#1 LESmo

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:30 PM

Reported by Speed (Breaking News)

 

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Jann Mardenborough has reportedly crashed his Nissan GT-R into a spectator area at this weekend’s VLN endurance race.

 

Mardenborough was able to escape uninjured from the car, however, the race was red flagged and will not be restarted as emergency vehicles took to the track.

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:42 PM

Early unconfirmed reports on some German websites suggest one spectator might have perished and 4 might be seriously injured.

 

thoughts are with the spectators, their friends and families and the team and driver.  No one ever wants this sort of thing to happen.  Lets hope the early reports and wrong!

 

(I do have an additional picture - but I will not post it)

 

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:57 PM

Race has been cancelled.

 

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After a serious accident with personal injury the first round of the VLN season 2015 was cancelled : Nissan lands at the airfield behind the security fence

 

 

The first VLN race of the season 2015 was cancelled after a serious accident

(Motorsport Total.com) - 61. The opening race of the VLN-2015, was broken off after a serious accident after six laps.

 

The Nissan GTR Piloted by Jann Mardenborough landed in the infield section at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, landing on its roof.
 

While the Briton was able to emerge from the damaged GTR without assistance, there were injuries among the spectators as the VLN organizers confirmed. Information about the number and severity of injuries is not available currently still. The reports of a death are still not confirmed.
 

The race was then cancelled with the red flag to enable the rescue the location of the incident has made the recovery difficult.  Rescue workers and the police are on the ground, a restart of the race will not take place.

 

For those who can speak German:

 

http://www.vln.de/de...bgebrochen.html


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 02:19 PM

Tragically it looks like early reports might be true:

 

Just published on Motorsport.com

 

Spectator killed in Nurburgring VLN accident

 

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Organizers of the VLN series at the Nurburgring have confirmed the tragic news that a spectator has been killed in a crash at the Nordschleife today.

The opening race of the 2015 VLN season at the Nurburgring was halted following a heavy crash involving the Nissan GT-R of British driver Jann Mardenborough.

 

Mardenborough's car went off track at Flugplatz and jumped over the barriers, landing upside down in the spectator area.

 

One spectator died at the scene, despite the efforts of rescuers and medics. Several others were injured, and taken to hospital. 

 

Mardenborough was pictured standing out of the car, and is believed to have escaped injury.

 

The race was stopped and will not be restarted. 

 


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 03:02 PM

It is a huge tragedy for everyone there, the family and relatives of the person who died and those injured. I also feel for Jann, who I know from several conversations is such a nice guy.

 

Now made the BBC news at: http://www.bbc.co.uk...rsport/32100886


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 06:12 PM

Reports on another forum that another person has lost their life, so sad for all concerned, really feel for the driver as it looks from some reports like a freak accident that the driver can't have expected .

Sad day for racing when spectators are injured or lose their lives. RIP
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Posted 28 March 2015 - 07:33 PM

Looks like an aero design problem similar to the lemans cars that took off over the crest of a hill?
Flugplatz is notorious for cars jumping the track.
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Posted 28 March 2015 - 10:26 PM

Not nice, driver just a passenger
 

 


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 06:32 AM

Terrible tragedy for all concerned. God willing, all those injured will make a full and speedy recovery.


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:13 PM

Update from Nissan NISMO:

 

UPDATE  

After the terrible events during yesterday’s VLN race, Nissan is pleased to have received information that the two injured spectators have been released from hospital.  Jann Mardenborough has completed a series of medical tests and has also been released from hospital. Naturally he is very distressed about the outcome of yesterday’s accident.
 
The vehicle has been impounded by the German authorities and Nissan has offered full cooperation in their investigation.

Everyone at Nissan would like to again extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and to the spectators who were hurt.  Nissan would also like to thank everyone for the support they have shown for the fans involved, the team and for Jann Mardenborough.


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 03:09 PM

Posted on another forum

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DMSB Bans GT3 Cars From Nürburgring Nordschleife

German motor sport association DMSB has announced that it will place a temporary ban on GT3 cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The decision follows yesterdays crash during the opening round of the VLN endurance series, which claimed the life of one spectator.

Pending the investigation into the accident cars competing in the SP7, SP8, SP9, SP10, SP-PRO and SP-X classes will not be allowed in DMSB-approved events, including the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

We can not and will not go back to business as usual after an accident of this kind, said DMSB General Secretary Christian Schacht.

We are all still deeply shocked and our thoughts are with the family of the victim. The security of the participants and especially the spectators must be a top priority.
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Posted 29 March 2015 - 06:01 PM

Mentioned it on the other post but very sad for all involved particularly the family of the fan that was killed. I also feel for Jann, it can't be something easy to live with even though looking at the video, it is clearly not his fault. 


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 08:08 PM

Similar crash at Flugplatz in 1980 fortunately no one was hurt then.

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=4F7mVEotx9c
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Posted 30 March 2015 - 04:07 PM

I sent a note to RJN today on behalf of nissansportz.....

 

"Just a very short note to say the nissansportz members were shocked and saddened by the tragic event on Saturday. Our sympathies go out to the family of the dead spectator and those injured, and also to yourself, Bob and all the team at RJN. We all know motorsport can be dangerous but that does not make events less sad.

 

Could you also please pass on our best thoughts and wishes to Jann. I’ve met him a few times, cannot speak to highly of the impression he has given me, and we all wish him well under these difficult circumstances.

 

Very best regards,"

 

and I received the following reply....

 

"Thank you for these kind words, it was a terrible accident and Jann although now physically better will need time to recover, as we all will.

 
I will pass on to Jann.
 
Best regards,"

 

 


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Posted 30 March 2015 - 04:30 PM

Thanks John, nice touch!


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Posted 30 March 2015 - 05:00 PM

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 05:14 PM

Thanks for doing that !!
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Posted 31 March 2015 - 08:00 AM

Very well said John and thank you.


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:42 PM

GT3 ban now lifted - speed limits and power reductions to be enforced:

http://m.autosport.c...t.php/id/118388
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