BORTOLETO’S LUCKY ES­CAPE

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Photos: Ait­zol Mad­in­abeitia, Steve Jones

BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 driver Enzo Bortoleto had a lucky es­cape from this air­borne ac­ci­dent at the start of race two at Rock­ing­ham last week­end.

Bortoleto’s Dou­ble R-run car was flipped into the air af­ter con­tact as the pack ran through Chap­man Curve on the open­ing lap. The car then dug into the grass be­fore rolling end-over-end.

The Brazil­ian ex­tracted him­self from the car and was checked over be­fore be­ing given the all-clear. Dou­ble R re­paired the car and got him back out for race three that af­ter­noon. He fin­ished 12th.

“I have no idea what hap­pened af­ter I went into the air,” said Bortoleto, 17. “I had a bad lock-up into the cor­ner, got hit from be­hind and next thing I know I saw sky, ground, sky. I just took my hands off the wheel and hoped it wouldn’t hurt.

“The car came to rest up­side down and I saw mar­shals with fire ex­tin­guish­ers run­ning at me so at first I thought I was on fire so I un­did my belts and al­most fell out of the car. I’ve never rolled a car be­fore. I def­i­nitely wouldn’t like to again. It looked very scary, but ac­tu­ally the car pro­tected me very well.”

Dou­ble R’s Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt added: “These cars are built strong and they’re top pieces of kit. The dam­age to the chas­sis was nil, so it was just body­work and sus­pen­sion re­ally.”

Car dug into grass and flipped End-over-end roll had height

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