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Rally champion shunts Renault in Dubai

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, a multiple winner of the Middle East Rally Championship and a vice president of the FIA, has ensured Renault's latest Formula One Roadshow got off to a bang in the worst possible sense when he shunted a Renault R28 at the Dubai Autodrome.

Ben Sulayem was taking part in a drag race along the start finish straight of the circuit when he lost control of the car shortly after leaving the line, with the car snapping sideways and going into the pit wall.

It left the car with extensive damage ahead of the remainder of the Roadshow, which is due to see Romain Grosjean and Nelson Piquet complete a series of demonstration runs in the Middle East.


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Max Fewtrell (GBR) Renault Sport Academy Driver.
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Max Fewtrell (GBR) Renault Sport Academy Driver.
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Max Fewtrell (GBR) Renault Sport Academy Driver.
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Jack Aitken (GBR) Renault Sport Academy Driver.
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team.
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team.
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Poorschanutt - Unregistered

April 13, 2009 8:43 PM

After seeing other film of this incident, as I couldnt resist a look, clearly this was driver stupidity--uh I mean error. He was smoking the tires until he finally lost it in 2nd or 3rd gear. Brilliant. In his defense though, that straightway is deceptively straight! LMAO

nedted - Unregistered

April 10, 2009 6:53 AM

Munro, that's what happens when you give a racing car too much throttle - the rear wheels spin and the car ends up being thrown sideways. It looks like plain old driver error to me.



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