ALFA MAN ES­CAPES HUGE AC­CI­DENT

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Rob Lad­brook Pho­tos: PSP Im­ages, Jakob Ebrey

Alfa Romeo racer An­drew Bourke was for­tu­nate to es­cape in­jury in this huge air­borne ac­ci­dent at Brands Hatch last week­end.

Bourke was tak­ing part in qual­i­fy­ing for the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Cham­pi­onship event on Sun­day when the brakes on his GTV failed head­ing into Pad­dock Hill Bend. Bourke’s car then clipped the rear of the 147 of Jon Billings­ley, which sent the GTV into a se­ries of rolls – the force of the ac­ci­dent forc­ing Bourke’s hel­met out through his driver’s side win­dow.

The car vaulted the tyre wall at Pad­dock be­fore strik­ing the catch fenc­ing and com­ing to rest in the gravel. Bourke was helped from the car and mirac­u­lously es­caped the in­ci­dent with no se­ri­ous in­juries.

Alfa Romeo Cham­pi­onship coordinator Michael Lind­say said: “It was a hor­rific ac­ci­dent and the fact that An­drew walked away shows the strength of th­ese cars. The main chas­sis held up to the im­pact very well and the de­bris fenc­ing did its job bril­liantly.

“Mar­shals and res­cue crews were on the scene im­me­di­ately and ev­ery­body did a great job in en­sur­ing An­drew was OK.”

The GTV was air­borne quickly... Bourke’s car be­gan to roll into gravel at Pad­dock Hill ...be­fore hit­ting the tyres and fenc­ing Bourke mirac­u­lously es­caped from the crash with no in­juries

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