May 24, 2010

Track safety crew takes a nap while driver burns

What the heck is going on here?! Race car driver Giorgio Bartocci gets into a fiery wreck and the safety crew sits idly by while he burns in his car. This is ridiculous and the track should be held responsible for his injuries.

The least you could do is spray the driving compartment with the extinguishers... just a though.

Bartocci's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 race car goes out of control and slams into the wall at the track in Brno, Czech Republic during the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, which is the world's fastest one-make series. It's almost immediately engulfed and the driver struggles to escape the flaming wreckage. Instead of freeing the driver two track safety workers try to put the fire out — mostly by spraying the pavement with semi-functioning extinguishers.

No one seems to focus on actually removing the driver and a safety truck in the background nearly backs over someone. You also see another official trying to put out the fire from the grandstand before someone who knows what they're doing grabs it out of the guy's hands.

The driver's not freed until a minute later when one of his co-drivers and crewmembers eventually yank him from the melting car after running there from the pits. Numerous other track personal stand around as this happens, seemingly ambivalent to the fact there's a driver in there. Perhaps it's normal safety procedures at this track to have the two guys not in safety gear to rescue the driver, but it doesn't seem right.

Good job guys, you keep standing around in your fire-retardant suits while his unprotected buddies bail him out.

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