• May 16, 2010

Natacha Gachnang - Click above to watch her GT1 crash at Abu Dhabi after the jump

When we first spoke of Natacha Gachnang, she was racing in the nascent Formula Two series. This year, however, she's driving the Matech Ford GT in the FIA GT1 World Championship. Unfortunately, she was sidelined during the opening round at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit after following a crash that broke her right leg in two places. By the closing laps, the Ford was leaking brake fluid, forcing Gachnang to compensate by applying extra pedal pressure. Heading into turn 8 at the end of the straight, her foot slipped and hit the accelerator instead, sending the car into the safety barrier at around 160 miles per hour.

Gachnang was rushed to nearby Sheikh Khalifa Hospital, where she's been recuperating from the double compound fracture, biding her time until she can put enough weight on the leg to drive again. She's hoping for a June return, just in time for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Meanwhile, Matech's tentatively pulled its Ford GT from the grid until it can figure out what caused the fluid leak in the first place. Gachnang's crash at Abu Dhabi was caught on tape and is available after the jump.



[Source: FIA GT1 World Championship]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL at the GTR safety car with the 1980's light bar on top. They couldn't design something more sleek for it? Even cop cars don't use such old designs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure she's a talented driver, but using the popular internet meme...fap fap fap!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "When you come crassssssshhh, into me...yeah, baby. I *** intooooooo you!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good lord, those last few seconds of the clip at full speed is just scary!

      Great to see it only be a broken leg and nothing worse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For once I would like to see a dowdy female race driver who wins races on a consistent basis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should've seen Sarah Fisher in a sprint car. It's tough to win with an underfunded IndyCar operation, but I can assure you from personal experience that she's the real deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *insert old, lame, was she driving a Toyota joke*

      Also, I wish her the best of luck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ PJ
        "she's 10x the man"... hate to say it, and prolly will get marked down for this but you're right. She looks waaaay too manly... she's prolly the one who wears the strap on in her relationships... ;)

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think a Ford GT is as far away from a Toyota as can be. But yeah, good luck to her, I'd give anything to race in the Le Mans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kudos to both of you for not contributing the "LOL CHICK DRIVING!" comment that will doubtless dominate this thread.

        And for those of you who do, bear in mind she's 10x the man that all of you who will never race Le Mans 24hrs is... which is--erm--all of us.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must hang out with a lot of effeminate-looking men.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dunno why people are giving her looks a hard time, I think she's damn attractive. And as far as the manly comments go, Danica Patrick has way more of a man-jaw than this lady. Between good looks and racing on a high level, how can you complain?
      • 4 Years Ago
      While not dowdy, I certainly wouldn't go so far as to call her beautiful. She looks like she has man arms and a neck that can handle G-forces. She'd look better if she lost some weight.


      hehehehe....
        • 4 Years Ago
        She's a female athlete at a healthy weight. What, do you think Danica Patrick should lose weight too?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lost some weight? I think she's got an absolutely perfect build. I'm tired of these walking sticks; gimme a girl with some meat on her bones!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That long distance shot looks like an LSR car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get well soon, Natacha!
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www3.images.coolspotters.com/photos/55980/natacha-gachnang-profile.jpg

      Anyone who doesn't think that picture is hot needs to get there damn eyes checked...

      add the hottness to the fact that shes a car chick AND is a racecar driver and you pretty much have the perfect woman...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad she decided to come back after a crash like that. Atleast they are not hyping her and whoring her out like they do Danica... (though I think Natacha looks better than her, has less of a I'm a bitch look to her).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Natacha Gachnang is cousin to Formula 1's swiss driver Sébastien Buemi.
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