As the 2013 24 Hour of Le Mans was getting started this past Saturday June 22nd, participants of the VLN Long-Distance Nürburgring Championship series were contending for the Adenauer Simfy Trophy. Of particular interest is the #347 Opel Astra OPC: piloted by three Finns, the car was running in the event’s fifth lap when it suffered a sizable crash.
It seems that before entering the corner immediately preceding the accident, the Astra’s tail began sliding as the car was braking — sending the GM Delta 2-based vehicle uncontrollably into the safety barrier. Luckily, the barrier and the Astra performed their respective duties very well — protecting the driver and the car; the Astra even looks surpassingly healthy after the impact, and the driver wasn’t harmed by the incident:
Separately, the 4th run of the 2013 VLN endurance championship was canceled after the death of driver Wolf Silvester at the Nürburgring that day. Mr. Silvester’s death was caused by a sudden heart attack in his car. The 24 Hours of Le Mans also lost a motorist this weekend when Danish driver Allen Simonsen’s Aston Martin collided with a wall at the Tertre Rouge corner of the track at high speeds. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Silvester and Mr. Simonsen.