A horror crash during a motor race saw a car slam into the barriers before being spat across the track in a smoking wreck.
Super GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi was pursuing race leader Yuhi Sekiguchi in the 59th lap of the race in Fuji, Japan, when he suddenly had to swerve away from hitting the back of the slow-moving Takeshi Suehiro.
Takaboshi’s view ahead was obstructed behind Sekiguchi’s Toyota and so he was only able to see the danger at the last moment. His sudden reaction avoided an initial collision but violently sent his Nissan Z into the barriers on the straight.
The car was thrown across the track by the impact, narrowly avoiding oncoming cars. And it was only at the pit-wall that his vehicle came to a halt, by which point it looked a smoky wreck.
The race itself was immediately red flagged as an ambulance and several safety vehicles arrived on the scene. Fortunately, the race organisers reported Takaboshi was able to climb out of his Nissan unassisted before being taken to the ambulance for an immediate check-up.
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Takaboshi miraculously suffered no serious injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution. Fellow Nissan driver Chiyo Katsumasa tweeted a picture of him alongside his team-mate, who smiled at the camera despite his frightening crash.
Katsumasa tweeted: “I met Mitsu,” before quoting his team-mate as saying “I am conscious and safe. It was a very dangerous situation, so I'm really glad.”
Meanwhile Sekiguchi, who has been criticised by some for his role in the crash, said: "My aim was to use the slipstream to the limit.
"As for Takaboshi, who was behind me, it seemed he didn’t see [the Arnage car] and was too slow to react, and crashed due to a sudden swerve. I heard that he is ok physically, so that is a relief.”
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