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Nurburgring Crashes Show What Happens When Racing Drivers Make Mistakes

If you blink you miss the red R171.

We're all accustomed to seeing the destruction derby part of the Nurburgring Touristenfahrten. After all, when you unleash so many more or less experienced drivers on the Nordschleife at the same time, you can expect accidents to happen. But what about the pros? What happens when they get bitten by the Green Hell?

The most recent event in the VLN endurance series, which saw the racers battling on the 'Ring yesterday (17.10.2015), brings a pretty good answer to the question above.

Gone are the mistakes made by the rookies, being replaced by stunts that are no longer frustrating. In fact, this is the main difference between the two types of drivers crashing - while the tourists sometimes make silly mistakes, when a racing driver destroys a machine in an accident, it's all because control was lost at the hair-raising limit.

You can see these racing drivers fighting to cut their losses, but there are plenty of occasions on which the sheer speed at which the crashes happen brings severe consequences for the racecars in question.

And when the list of participating machines includes contraptions such as the EUR2.1 million ($2.23 million) Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003 C, the level of adrenaline goes through the carbon fiber roof.

Fortunately, this weekend's VLN race didn't bring any memorable crashes. This is something that can't be said about the VLN race back in May, which saw the SCG003 C being involved in a serious crash in the wet. Luckily, the driver was OK.

However, 2015 will go down in history as the year that marked an important change for the Nurburgring. Following a Nissan GT-R VLN crash that killed a spectator earlier this year, the track management has decided to change the layout of the circuit.

While new chicanes are expected to be added by the end of the current year, we have yet to hear about these changes actually being introduced.

Until we do, we invite you to check out the two videos below, which show racing drivers having a typical October weekend on the Nurburgring.



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