Spectator Dies When Nissan GT Academy Driver’s GT-R Gets Airborne

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WARNING: Viewer discretion advised as video depicts a fatal accident.

A horror crash at the opening round of the VLN race series held at the Nürburgring left one spectator dead and several others injured. The crash, which took place yesterday, involved the number 23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 driven by 2011’s Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough.

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As the video from Grid.Media confirms, Mardenborough’s car became airborne near the poignantly named ‘Flugplatz’ section of the Nürburgring (Flugplatz is German for “airfield”), where it’s quite common for cars to lift because of a sharp hill that’s followed by a sudden drop. Once airborne, Mardenborough’s car flipped before hitting a barrier and landing on its roof in a spectator area.

A red flag was immediately issued and the race stopped so that medical crews could attend to the injured, and a decision was made to not restart the race.

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At least five spectators were injured in the incident and despite immediate efforts one of them succumbed to their injuries. Mardenborough is believed to have only suffered minor injuries. However, in a statement, Nissan confirmed the British driver was taken to hospital for some routine checks.

Nissan is fully co-operating with race organizers in their ongoing investigation into the incident. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of all those involved in this tragedy.

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