Speed to burn
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.