Eight-Car Nurburgring Crash Details Emerge

It is now time to zoom in on the recent eight-car Nurburgring accident, which took place during a touristenfahrten (public track day) and see what led to the complex collisions. We’ll remind you that, according to the police, the accident took place on a construction zone located at the exit of the Nordshleife’s Bergwek (mine) area. Four cars were racing when they were forced to brake suddenly, with one of them not being able to do so and thus hitting the one in front of it, which sent in onto the grass and then back on the track, where it crashed into the other two.
Subsequently, three other vehicles were approaching the scene and slowed down to avoid another crash. The eight car, the BMW M3 Ring Taxi, failed to brake on time and slammed into one of the other cars, ending up on the left side of the track.

New details of the accident have emerged (we must thank Bridge to Gantry for an interesting story on the accident and the image above), so we now know that the other cars involved were (random order) the previously known BMW M3 Ring Taxi and Corvette Z06, a race-prepared Porsche 911, an E36 BMW 3 Series, an E30 BMW 3 Series, an E92 BMW M3, two Vauxhall VXR220s.

The aforementioned source point out that the accident was actually a disaster waiting to happen, since the safety precautions for the construction work were not well though out, to say the least.

First of all, the timing for the tack works was not the best one, since a public day meant that inexperienced drivers were on the course. More importantly, the warning sign was positioned in such a way that cars were forced to slow down from racing speeds of over 200 km/h (124 mph) to around 50 km/h (31 mph) over a crest, which meant that if more cars entered the section together, like it usually happens when people race each other, a collision was almost inevitable.

Maybe someone at the ‘Ring should have had a better plan for the track works, or at least improvise safety measures on the spot in order to prevent accidents like the one the happened.
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