• May 17, 2010
Roger Green bails from the number 114 Lotus Exige – Click above to watch video after the jump

Looks like EVO's Roger Green won't be struggling to find an angle for his coverage of this year's 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The guy was one of three racers piloting the number 114 Lotus Exige during the race, and while it's true that there's no better seat on a race track than the one behind the wheel, Green ran into a bit of trouble on the start of his second session in the car. No one's exactly sure what happened with the engine, but the little Lotus erupted into a proper fireball as Green pulled off of the GP circuit and onto the Nordschleife.

Before too long, the brakes were shot and the writer/driver was rolling along in his own unstoppable inferno. Green steered the car toward the barrier and did his best tuck and roll to escape the flames while everything was still in motion. As near as anyone can tell, a piece of debris from the track flew up and severed the rear brake lines. From there, it didn't take much to set everything alight. Green amazingly escaped the blaze without injury. You can check the video after the jump.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad that he is fine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Skip to 2:25 for the actual relevant part of the video; the part before is just boring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.... scary S#!t - Good find Bowman!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What bothers me is how long the safety crew took to get to the car. If he'd gotten stuck in the car...

      • 4 Years Ago
      "Green amazingly escaped the blaze without injury." unfortunately, the same cannot be said of his pants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot Wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nicely done! There's nothing easy about getting out of a Lotus Exige, nor out of a racing bucket. To get out of both while the car is rolling, mid-conflagration and to do so without injury...incredible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I light your car on fire, I'll bet you can get out of it a lot faster than you'd have normally guessed!
      ami14mm
      • 4 Years Ago
      LS2, do you have ANY sort of racing experience, or even driving a high performance car, because you sure don't sound like it. As someone who has driven the Le mans 24 hr on three occasions, back in the days before they emasculated it, I can tell you that he did a BRILLIANT job...not only keeping the car off the racing line for as long as possible, but then leaving it on the left side of the track just after a left bend, the one place where cars on the line are NOT going to be. Yes, he had a gearbox which, as someone more astute than you said he WAS using to slow the car, but from the sort of speed he was doing prior to the fire they don't slow the way yours would on the road. As for you, Bong, of COURSE he was undoing his harness...believe me, fire is THE most scaring event in a race car... and steering into the barrier is the only classic way to stop when your anchors go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The guy was already out of the car....it did not show him getting out of the car as the headliune says....
        • 4 Years Ago
        then apparently you didn't watch the video. 2:25 dude.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently I only seen the video they had on this page and seen it....APPARENTLY....Apparently there was no other video on this page APPARENTLY....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool head in a hot seat. Made sure he was away from other cars and safely ditched the car into the barrier as he escaped. Very professional. Hats of to Mr. Green.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly Stacey. Without brakes it's not simply a matter of just pulling over and climbing out. He'd have had to have hit something to stop him or drive into a run-off area which doesn't appear to have been an option. He certainly intended to get out of the car as fast as possible which was made apparent by his willingness to jump from the still moving car.
        I give him credit for a job well done.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, a fed fire- by brake fluid. The article says a piece of debris cut his brake line, and the heat set it on fire. As far as driving so long- I'm guessing he probably was first wondering why he no longer had brakes, and was trying to diagnose that before he realized the rear of the car was on fire, and by then, he probably looked to ditch in the best place possible, which it looks like he did.

        All told, from the time his brake line severed and the time he ditched into the rail was probably less than a minute.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He has a gear box. There is enough engine braking on that car to stop it a lot sooner. Watch the video, he takes several corners without even slowing down too much. And the video doesn't even start before the car is already a conflagration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except he drove the car far too long before doing it. It was clearly a fed fire, he wasn't going to be driving that car again during the same race, so by not pulling over sooner he only endangered himself and maybe increased the damage to the car.

        If he hadn't kept driving when the car was already on fire, he wouldn't have gotten into a situation where he couldn't afford to let the car stop before getting out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True and I would assume that is what he was using to help slow himself down. The video shows only one corner taken and then a somewhat narrow straight away. He pulls off into the larger grassy area at the next corner so I imagine he either didn't slow fast enough or didn't want to end up on the narrow section. Lets not forget he had a few fast cars coming up from behind. I just don't think he had it in his mind to do anything other than ditch the car in a safe and well controlled manner. But hey that's just my opinion. Colour me impressed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree... really a hero of sorts... the fire and resultant accident would have caused mayhem and loss of life.... again, hats off to the driver !!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @LS2LS7?

        the dutch have a saying:
        traduced: the best sailors are on shore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FLAMING HELL, that was a lucky escape...
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah... this would be why, as far as print 'rags go, i really only take evo seriously. their staff is just beyond exceptional.
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