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