Su­per crashes

On the track or into the wall, V8 prangs are noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Top Ten - PAUL GOVER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

KARL Reindler was very lucky to sur­vive the in­ferno at Wan­neroo Park that en­gulfed his Holden Com­modore on the start­line. But he’s not the first. Here are 10 of the big­gest shunts in V8 Su­per­car his­tory. 1 CRAIG LOWN­DES, CALDER PARK, 1999 A multi-car tan­gle just af­ter the start turned Lown­des’ Com­modore side­ways and he was a pas­sen­ger as it flipped and rolled over the safety wall at 160km/h. He was lucky to suf­fer only mi­nor leg in­juries. 2 JASONBARGWANNA and GREG MUR­PHY, PHILLIP IS­LAND, 2002

An­other nasty shunt trig­gered by a start­line tan­gle that fired Barg­wanna’s Com­modore into the wall and led to a se­ries of rollovers. The car was de­stroyed— and Barg­wanna and Greg Mur­phy blamed each other for the crash. 3 CRAIG LOWN­DES and JOHN BOWE, PHILLIP IS­LAND, 1999 Lown­des and Bowe tan­gled on the high-speed run up to the hayshed and both cars hit the tyre wall. Lown­des got off eas­ier as Bowe’s Fal­con rolled and he took nearly two years to fully re­cover from con­cus­sion. 4 BRAD JONES, ADE­LAIDE, 2000 Turn eight in Ade­laide has claimed many vic­tims. Jones was one of the first of them when he flipped over a tyre bun­dle in his Fal­con. The car landed on its roof, then spun 5 KARL REINDLER and STEVE OWEN, WANNEROOPARK, 2011 Reindler stalled on the grid and was a sitting duck for the tailen­ders. Owen hit him at 130km/h. The col­li­sion be­tween the two Com­modores rup­tured Reindler’s fuel tank; he es­caped with mi­nor burns. 6 PAUL MORRIS and MARKLARKHAM, ORAN PARK, 2000 In a rear-end col­li­sion sim­i­lar to the Reindler in­ci­dent, Morris’s stalled Com­modore ex­ploded in flames af­ter he was hit by the Fal­con of cur­rent­day com­men­ta­tor Larkham. Morris still suffers from back 7 PAUL RA­DISICH, BATHURST, 2008 Ra­disich had only just re­turned to rac­ing af­ter an ear­lier crash at Mount Panorama when his throt­tle jammed and he slammed the wall at McPhillamy Park in a Com­modore. He suf­fered ma­jor in­juries that ended his V8 Su­per­car ca­reer. 8 SI­MON WILLS, SANDOWN, 2005 A brake fail­ure in a morn­ing warm-up session at the fastest part of the track whipped Wills’s Com­modore into a sick­en­ing back-end im­pact with the safety fence at more than 200km/h. The car was de­stroyed as it rolled down the bar­rier. 9 FABIAN COULTHARD, BATHURST, 2010 A first-lap punc­ture sent Coulthard’s Com­modore into a se­ries of huge rolls at 260km/h in The Chase. Some­how he walked away. Even more amaz­ing: His car was rel­a­tively lightly dam­aged. 10MARKSKAIFE and RUS­SELL IN­GALL, EAST­ERN CREEK, 2003 Not much dam­age when In­gall used his Fal­con to punt Skaife’s Com­modore into the wall— but the con­fronta­tion be­tween the V8 aces won’t be for­got­ten.

Painful ex­its: Lown­des rolls along the wall; the wreck­age of Barg­wanna’s racer; and fire

crews ex­tin­guish the cars ofOwen and Reindler

like a top down the track.

prob­lems as a re­sult.

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