BORTOLETO’S LUCKY ESCAPE
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