‘More adrenaline than hot lap’
An Alexandra-based racing team were shaken up after a ‘huge’ tree fell on the car as they were coming back from a racing event on Sunday.
Racer Johnny Waldron was going about 90kmh when he saw the tree falling in front of the car about 6.40 pm in Fruitlands, near Alexandra.
Waldron and two mechanics were ‘‘pretty fortunate’’ they were not hurt when the car towing a trailer crashed into the tree as they were returning home from the Teretonga Motorsport Championship in Invercargill.
‘‘We were just coming down the hill into Fruitlands when all of a sudden we see that huge tree about to fall on us.
‘‘I could see it happening so I slowed down, but there’s not very much you can do.’’
The tree fell about 20m from Waldron’s Nissan Navara, he said.
His Skyline R32 GT-R racing car was on the trailer and suffered little damage.
Waldron and his two passengers were shaken but happy, as the crash could have ended worse.
‘‘I’m very thankful that it [the tree] didn’t land on top of us.’’
One of the passengers, Bryden Campbell, said on Facebook the crash gave him ‘‘more adrenaline than a hot lap’’.
Waldron said the six-monthold damaged Nissan Navara would have to be written off.
Members of the racing team were uninjured after they crashed into a falling tree in Fruitlands on Sunday.