A Sad day for rallying.

gary

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Khorne said:
They can implement all sorts of new rules and regulations to help keep the racers safe but accidents will happen and it's out of our control...
What happen to Michael Park was a fluke of nature and a tragedy none the less...

AND yes Motor Racing is DANGEROUS...
Ya, i should know. I'm one of the "lucky" few who have flown off the road in a rally car and hit a tree, and managed to walk away from it with just a sore neck :)
 

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I've seen one horrific crash by the great old Makinen. Or was it him. The car flew off the road and started rolling and bouncing like 10 or so times. It was doing all sort of flips and twist in the air and in between trees. In the end, Makinen came out totally unscathed and was still be able to give an interview. His car was beyond recognition though.

Didn't know how Martin crashed, must be bad but i'd say Park was unfortunate that the impact zone probably concentrated on the navigator side.
 

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gary,
yeah i know, but i mean, like in volvos they have I-beams if i'm not mistaken...shouldn't they incorporate that to further strengthen sides? just a thought la.
taken fr eurosport.com

SIDE IMPACT
Although details of the accident that killed Park remain sketchy, it is known that the car driven by Estonian Markko Martin went off the road at speed and hit a tree on the passenger side.

Peugeot boss Jean-Pierre Nicolas said Park died instantly. Despite all the safety advances, that is the kind of crash -- a lateral collision with an immovable object -- that all drivers dread.

The side is the weakest part of the car and even a roll cage using metres of steel struts and cross members can offer little real protection.

"Short of building a Chieftain tank, there is no real solution to this problem," said Briton Nicky Grist, a championship-winning co-driver with Colin McRae.

"The side is the most vulnerable part of any car, whether it's a road car or a rally car," he told the Guardian newspaper.

"When you are sliding towards a tree at that speed, there's little you can do."

Grist, who has had several lucky escapes with McRae over the years including one in Corsica in 2000 when their Ford landed upside down in a ravine, felt it was not really a question of co-driver safety.

"It could just as easily have happened to the driver, had it been a right rather than a left-hand bend," he said. "It's just a horrible twist of fate.

"You could have that accident 200 times, but if you hit it in the wrong place on the 201st time, then you will get hurt."