Massive Pile Up Highlight Major Safety Concerns In Race Track Design
The FIA GT World Cup race weekend started with a major cluster, when a massive crash occurred during the qualifying race. Only four cars managed to finish the race, as the rest of the crowd got consumed by the strange literal bottleneck accident.
This accident highlights major issues with the layout of the Macau racetrack. The tiny streets, lack of proper runoffs and reduced visibilities guarantees that something like this has a high probability of occurring. Given that modern day sports cars are fairly large and wide, it's not a surprise that an accident like this happened, and on the first lap, nonetheless. As reported by Sportscar365: The massive pileup began when the reigning champion Laurens Vanthoor collided with Daniel Juncadella’s stopped Mercedes which had hit the barrier just tenths of a second earlier.
Watch the race from the beginning below:
Fortunately, no drivers were harmed during this race strange qualifying race. However, the same couldn't be said of motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty, who died from his injuries at the Macau Grand Prix, also this past weekend. The accident occurred at Fishermen's Bend, the same turn where Portuguese Luis Carreira lost his life back in 2012, as reported by the BBC. Hegarty came off his bike at the sharp bend during the sixth lap and collided with the barriers, while losing his crash helmet and receiving fatal injuries.
After this terrible race weekend race officials should be taking a very close examination as to how future fatalities and major accidents can be avoided. The narrow streets and high speed straights may necessitate a chicane or two just to cut down on future fatalities.