BTCC » Thruxton boss defends circuit safety


Thruxton Director Bill Coombs says he will look into improvements at the circuit after several crashes during the BTCC race day at Church corner.

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RogRishton

May 07, 2014 10:07 AM

Wow, surely we're just tempting fate here- "when we do have crashes thankfully they walk away"
Are we just waiting for the time when someone doesn't before something happens?
I agree that it's a challenging corner and nobody wants to take away the character of the circuit, but there is more than enough room in the area of Church to subtly change the layout to be safer and possibly create more overtaking opportunities.

ZEDX

May 07, 2014 3:49 PM

I attended Thruxton in the 90's and was present at a BTCC event where during a support F3 race, young M. Albers was killed in front of my son who was hit by the flying debris .. I had just left our space to get a coffee...
The problem then was open-wheel racing cars (ie his car's front wheel ran up onto the rear wheels of a car in front causing it to become airborne .. very similar to Mark Webber's F1 crash a couple of years ago). Alber's car slammed into the catch netting sideways-on and his head impacted a metal post.
This was by the only real "obstacle" on the circuit.. a chicane near the start/finish line... the rest of the cricuit has very little else to offer as a test except for some fast corners. but..take them away & you're taking the whole essence of Thruxton (ie old airfield-based circuit) away. I'd look at barrier/crowd safety tweeks preferably.

Paula Takington

May 17, 2014 8:10 PM

ghogmk2: Touring Cars are renown for "Offs" on any circuit.

Thruxton is a Great Circuit please don't change it!


but not off the track boundaries. Plato went off a couple of years and that is were the track should of been improved. now we have three big offs two leaving the tracks Boundaries. Thurxtons lazy safety approaching staff are very luck it wasn't any worse for them.

ghogmk2

May 22, 2014 9:14 PM
Last Edited 219 days ago

Paula Takington:
ghogmk2: Touring Cars are renown for "Offs" on any circuit.

Thruxton is a Great Circuit please don't change it!


but not off the track boundaries. Plato went off a couple of years and that is were the track should of been improved. now we have three big offs two leaving the tracks Boundaries. Thurxtons lazy safety approaching staff are very luck it wasn't any worse for them.


Lazy ??????, based on what?

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