Speed to burn

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Classifieds -

A 130km/h im­pact with a force of 32 tonnes trig­gered the big­gest ex­plo­sion in the his­tory of V8 Su­per­car rac­ing in Perth last week­end. Steve Owen had just changed into third gear in his Com­modore, af­ter start­ing from the back row of the grid, when he slammed into Karl Reindler’s stalled Holden on grid slot 13. The im­pact drove Owen’s car un­der the back of Reindler’s ma­chine, crush­ing the safety fuel cell and re­leas­ing 75 litres of E10 ethanol fuel. Some of the fuel flew for­ward through the bro­ken fire­wall and led to Reindler suf­fer­ing sec­ond-de­gree ex­po­sure burns – sim­i­lar to scald­ing – on his hands and face be­fore he could get free. Both cars were al­most de­stroyed in the im­pact. Owen suf­fered seat belt bruis­ing.

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