Australia’s V8 Supercars mixes the bump-and-grind style of racing that is usually prominent in NASCAR with the tight, high-speed road course racing of touring cars. As a result, there is a spectacular crash or two every season, with the first of this year’s happening just this past weekend during the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Team BOC’s Jason Bright was fighting for position following a restart on lap 14 of the race. After taking the inside line on a chicane, Bright was nudged by Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander. Bright’s car begins to lose traction at the rear, eventually sliding sideways until the car flips spectacularly, sending it flying into the wall.
After the crash, Bright freed himself from the carnage and said the words all racing fans want to hear: “I am fine.” Bright was unharmed, if not a little shaken up after the wreck, which was the first time he had ever rolled a car.
“It wasn’t nice to be upside down but the hit really wasn’t that hard. It was a lot more gentle then what I expected considering I haven’t rolled a car before. The landing was pretty hard, on it roofs. And the worst part was probably being upside down trying to get out with a very different view of the world,” Bright told Australia’s Courier Mail. Check out the video of the wreck just below.
Team BOC also tweeted out this photo of the car post-wreck. Here’s to them getting the car race-ready in time for the next installment of the 2014 V8 Supercars season, the Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 13.