• Jul 19, 2010
That's not gonna buff out – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you've ever found yourself as a spectator at a race track, it's easy to lull yourself into believing that you'll be as safe as can be just so long as you keep a crash barrier between your brittle bones and the lightspeed chunks of metal blasting by. Thing is, that's not always the case. The interwebs are full of videos of cars gone airborne, leaping guard rails and tire walls by leaps and bounds to come crashing down in the middle of a passel of spectators. We can officially add the video after the jump to that list of horrors.

According to our English cousins, Portugese driver Francisco Carvalho had a bit of a mishap at this weekend's World Touring Car Championship event at Brands Hatch. Carvalho was competing in the Seat Leon Euro Cup Race when he received a nudge from a fellow racer. Instead of losing a position, Carvalho's car was sent veering off of the course and into a crash barrier before bouncing end-over-end and vaulting back over the wall. The crash sent a crowd of race marshals fleeing before the car came to a stop, but amazingly enough, no one was injured. Not even Carvalho. Hit the jump to see the devastation for yourself.

[Source: YouTube via Autoblog UK]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's why we love touring car racing. These drivers are fighting for last centimeter of the track :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a typo in the text: "Portugese" (The correct word is Portuguese)

      I'm glad nobody got hurt

      • 4 Years Ago
      "Portuguese", not "portugese".
      • 4 Years Ago
      That one guy came really close to getting crushed - if he had zigged right instead of zagging left he would've gotten pancaked.

      Seems like it was a classic PIT by the green and white car that started the whole thing - almost looks intentional, the way he refused to give up position.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, Amazing no one was killed!
      • 4 Years Ago
      OW SHIZA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Off topic abit but why is there a Camaro pacing the field? Aren't all those cars Seats? Shouldn't the pacecar atleast be the same?... Seems odd that of all cars, they pick a big American car to pace the field of a bunch of tiny Spanish cars lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This accident occurred in the Seat Leon Euro Cup Race, not in the World Touring Car Championship.

        The Camaro is there because it is a Chevy. For some reason all the WTCC Safety Cars are Chevy (Cruze, Spark, Camaro...)

        WTCC Safety Cars are also used in the support races.
        • 4 Years Ago
        God Damn I gotta start researching this stuff before I post lol... Okay I see that there are also BMWs and Chevys but still... No Camaros and certainly no V8's among the bunch... I don't know maybe I'm getting my boxer-briefs in a bunch about this but it just don't seem right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMFG

      That thing got some serious air!

      Glad to see nobody was hurt!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @pmgpmg: That's what I noticed too. He basically caused his own wreck by forcing the white car off the track, who then had to hit the red car to not crash himself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you look at the video (time = 5 sec) just before the curbe:
        - The Read card #25 blocked the White car.
        - The Read car driver was really an ass,
        - There was enough space on the curbe for the Red car #25 to stay on the left.
        - Instead he force the White car into the grass.
        - The White car may have try to brake, but because of the grass it was not possible
        - It seems that the white car hit the Red car on the back.
        As a result, the Red car #25 went into a spin

        The license of the Red car should be revoked.
        He almost kill many people because of his agressivity and stupidity.

        • 4 Years Ago
        amazing no one was hurt running with the car rather than 90 degrees to it's path!!
        It's amazing these guys were running looking behind them...I would have run for the hills with my head looking straight ahead!!!

        This is one case where you DO have to outrun the bear!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, Mark Webber's long lost Portuguese cousin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has anyone mentioned it's Portuguese instead of Portugese?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, they ran fast. I'm sure I would have too though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or did the car get FASTER after it had started rolling?
      Crazy. And indeed. Glad no one was hurt.
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