Spectator Dies at Nurburgring

Young British sportscar driver Jann Mardenborough has been involved in a crash in a race in Germany which has resulted in the death of a spectator. Mardenborough was competing in the VLN1 event at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe when his Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 flipped up in the air as it crested a rise in the circuit.

With the nose of the car pointing up in the air, it soared for around 30 metres before landing on its tail and bouncing over the catch-fencing into a crowd of people.Nurburgring - Spectator killed

A VLN statement read: ‘The opening round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring was marred by an accident on Saturday which injured several spectators.

‘One of the spectators died, despite the immediate actions of the rescue crew in the medical centre at the circuit. The other injured spectators have been taken to hospital for ongoing medical care.

‘The race was stopped to give emergency crew quick access to the circuit, and wasn’t restarted.

‘The accident occurred in the Flugplatz part of the circuit, with a competitor leaving the circuit for a yet unspecified reason and finishing up behind the safety fencing.

‘The VLN and the organisers are deeply saddened by the accident, and their thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.’

Mardenborough emerged from the car seemingly unscathed, although has since been taken to a local hospital for routine checks following an initial examination at the circuit medical centre.

Expressing their thoughts on the incident, a statement from Nissan read: ‘Today’s events have been a tragedy.

‘We are all deeply shocked and saddened by these events and our immediate thoughts go to the deceased, those injured and their families and friends.

‘The team is fully co-operating with the race organisers to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into this incident.’

Mardenborough is renowned for his epic rise into motor racing just four years after winning Nissan’s ‘gamer-to-racer’ project.

In 2011, the 23-year-old from Cardiff won the GT Academy, a scheme run by Nissan and Sony that turns armchair gamers into professional racers.

Note: This event is only tangentially related to British cars, but we feel in was important enough that we needed to mention it. Our hearts go out to all those involved.