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Yeah, that was us...... We didn't want to air our dirty laundry publicly but here's the story:
We were chasing down a class 7 truck and were in and out of his dust for the last few minutes, we came to this section and have raced it several times previously so felt comfortable there - the concrete block was not there the last time we raced through that section. We start down the hill, intentionally staying to the right to avoid the debris field on the left side, the dust is thick enough that we can't see the obstacle until 1/2 second before we hit it. Trevor started a correction .06 seconds after it became visible (from the frame by frame video review), but it was too late to avoid it. We clipped it with both right side tires, it pitched us sideways and we did 2 complete rolls (one while standing on the front bumper) and then hit the light post before coming to a stop wheels down. Trevor quickly shut the car down and we exited. The whole event took just a few seconds, start to finish. We were both unhurt and immediately began assessing the damage to see if we could continue. At first glance, we thought we could press on after changing the tires, but soon saw that there was more serious damage that made it impossible to continue - the engine mounts were failed and the engine/transaxle were shoved up into the rear shelf area, breaking the shift shaft off the transmission. The front beam was bent back about 30 degrees and we could not steer to the right of center at all, the intake manifold was "holed" and the left rear trailing arm/spring plate bolts sheared off. If we had been 10 miles from the finish line, we would have done whatever it took to make it happen but we were 430 miles from that point with the summit and the desert in-between.........
In-car video to come.
Last edited by Wilson; June 5th, 2012 at 21:47.
As you can see from the incar video, the obstruction was not visible to us until 1/2 second before impact. We have raced this section several times and we did pre-run........
Nasty hit! Car can be fixed, glad your both OK!
The driver here... to add to the recap, no spectators were injured in the crash. And a whole hearted thank you to all those who came to our aid, and were concerned for our well being, including the gentleman who filmed us and was kind enough to rush off to his house to create a DVD of the clip for us. We'll be back at it, just a busy few months of work ahead.
Thanks Pat and az_amsoil, we appreciate the concern.
We know we're fortunate to have avoided injury - 6 inches further to the right and it may have been a different outcome. We've been using the R3 HNR's for several years now, for this exact reason. You don't need to be in a TT to get hurt.
No, NOT THE WILSON CAR! Damn, glad everyone is okay. I've watched this car from it's beginning and would love to see it brought back to life in the shop section. Best of luck!