• May 24, 2010
Giorgio Bartocci Lamborghini Super Trofeo Crash – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Cup saw a massive accident during Round 4 of the season. From what we can tell, the number 22 Gallardo LP560-4 driven by Giorgio Bartocci got off into the gravel on the last turn before the front straight. It's unclear whether Bartocci was nudged by another racer or whether a mechanical failure caused the slide, but either way, the car hit the wall at considerable speed and nearly disintegrated on impact.

The driver's side door sprung open as the car slid down the tarmac, and Bartocci could be seen flailing outside the vehicle. When it finally came to a stop, the Raging Bull turned into a raging fireball. Fire crews initially took longer than expected to pull the driver from the wreckage and were seen using underpowered fire extinguishers to battle the blaze. The FIA is expected to investigate the incident. Amazingly, Bartocci survived the ordeal and is currently in intensive care.

Lamborghini canceled the remainder of the event and rounds six and seven have been indefinitely nixed as well. Hit the jump for a video of the incident.



[Source: Foltyn.cz via Jon Sibal]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as people are slamming the fire crew's response, it appears they were doing as trained. Being a firefighter doesn't mean you get to dash into a fuel fire and kill yourself in the process.

      No doubt a fire of this magnitude is rare, but in most wrecks I've seen over the years (nascar, indycar, f1), the crews go after the engine compartment first, killing the fire at the source. Having what looked like a full tank of fuel probably didn't help either.

      It's probable they were trained on open wheel rescues, as the nascar bunch realized already that the cabin gets bad quickly in cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a crazy crash. Hope the driver pulls through!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think most supercars was built for safety in mind. If I remember correctly Porsche GT2 nickname is widowmaker. The Mercedes SLR McLaren and the GT-R on the other hand have safety in mind. Benz forced McLaren on safety issues which is why it weight over 3000 lbs for a carbon fiber car. GT-R got this crazy pedestrian hood safety crap. I think the Veyon was pretty good in safety, saw a video of it taking a sick hit.

      Hey if you're rich you want to live long to enjoy it ^_^.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody else think it's ghoulish to show people being killed for entertainment? Yeah, I know that this person has not died, but his fate seems to be very uncertain.

      We can have no affect on the outcome of this accident and nobody who needs to know about this will be notified via this or any other auto website.

      Show the wrecked car after the driver has been removed, but to show the driver during the incident seems very disrespectful to the victim and his family.

      Go rent 'Faces of Death' if this is what you're into.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Motorsports exists because of us, fans, because we watch it and discuss about it. We all enjoy a spectacular crash - but few of us, if any, would ever support a show where people could easily die. We want the excitement but we also need to sleep at night.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why is he hitting exposed concrete? You have to assume that every exposed vertical surface on a racetrack can be hit. Period. Again bringing up NASCAR, they should something to cover the hard, immovable vertical surfaces that a car can and eventually will hit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as people are getting down on the safety crews, what I find appalling is how the car just disintegrated and the drivers safety equipment utterly failed. Something is very wrong here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, the car disintegrated, but that doesn't excuse the safety guys not focusing on getting the driver out FIRST!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Lambo is definitely off my dream list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a very good video showing the complete incident

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAgFK5M2PRM

      The response was painful to watch...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As slow as the firefighters were, where the hell were the other drivers who could have assisted in pulling the driver from the car before it went up?

      Back in 1999 Craig Lowndes had a horrific smash in the V8 Supercar championship at Calder Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Hkws3hYRI), and some of the first people on the scene to assist were other drivers who stopped their cars to help. If they could do it what was stopping these guys?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That crossed my mind as well. But I suspect that the driver was collapsed in his seat and possibly also obscured by the door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh man what a crash!!! scary!
        • 4 Years Ago
        As the fire truck toke its sweet time, several brave souls tried to fight the big fire with micky mouse fire extinguishers. Need a quicker response team, like in Indy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is this guy really that lucky?
        Even if he makes it out of intensive care, that fire burned for so long that he's in for months if not years of rehabilitative therapies, surgeries, and plastic surgeries to restore the burnt areas of his skin.

        I hate to say it, but he might have just been better off dead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Printerror: The car hit the edge of the concrete wall so the impact area was smaller so ther was much more pressure on impact than hitting a flat surface.
        It was closer to cutting action than a blunt smash. It it had hit in the middle of the door then the wall would have went straight through into the cage killing him there and then
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        They might as well have pissed on it. God that was super inadequate unprepared fire response...
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's effin horrible!... the response time was horrible, the initial fire attack was beyond horrible, those little streams wouldn't do anything! finally they showed up with proper fire extinguishers.

        i watched a video from a different view and they took 1 minute since the fire started to get the driver out. And, the guy who rips the door open and pulls the driver out while the car is burning is not a firefighter! it was a guy wearing zero protective clothing. it was a completely unorganized response. the driver is lucky to be alive. and damn rights the FIA better investigate!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That impact was so hard it was as Autoblog said: It litterally blew the car apart. You can point fingers all you want, but you can't bend the laws of physics. There is no way any car on the planet survives that crash... Further, Bartocci is not going to recover from this awful crash. I won't be suprized when the report comes out tomorrow that he died in intensive care.

        I think the only way to prevent this from happening without slowing down the cars is to eliminate that concrete barrier... but then again, I can't think of a single track that doesn't have a barrier like this- only ones with slower corners leading into it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it that common for a car to just instantly catch fire from an impact like that in the front?
        • 4 Years Ago
        since it crashed into a metal fence, probably somehow created a spark, and lid you the engine. Most of the time you see these crashes, the fire will start from engine bay after a little while, because the electrical are causing it, the fence's metal to metal contact might of created an early spark than usual. Or because its a lambo, and they caught on fire where ever they go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was my first thought. I was under the impression vehicles tracked like this used fuel cells to help prevent balls of flame like that in the video.

        Then again from the way it just disintegrated on impact perhaps the force of the impact had a part in it as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It happened to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in a Corvette at Sears Point. They use fuel cells, but you can't be completely safe. In the case of the Corvette, the wreck knocked the filler valve off the cell and so the fuel came out. This vehicle looks more like the cell split open though.

        So it may not be common, but it happens with top-level safety regulations. Corvette Racing later changed the way the filler valve attached to the cell so as to make a repeat of that fire unlikely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems so for Lamborghinis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Lambo didn't catch fire until the back end hit against the wall. I would certainly expect a fire if a highly powered V10 at about 8K RPM crashes into a wall. Tragedy, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn! That's awful. Hope he pulls through in one piece.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sickened by the cowardice and thoughtlessness of the "safety" crew there.

      They should've focused all their attention on the driver's compartment area, yet the first jerk is trying to put out the fuel spill on the friggin' asphalt behind the car!

      In addition, the lack of proper equipment is unforgivable.
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