02 May, 2011

Calls for safety improvements after terrible touring car crash:

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SCARY MOMENT: Reindler rear-ended causing explosion
Jason Bright has called for safety improvements in the Australian touring car series after his team mate Karl Reindler was engulfed in flames following a horror crash.
Reindler, who was rear-ended by a rival after stalling on the start line, managed to scramble out of his car and escaped from the inferno with superficial burns to his hands and face.
"It was a horrible feeling with fire inside the car," Reindler recalled on Monday. "I could feel my face burning, I couldn't get the chains [safety harness] off. Luckily the car and suit did what they were supposed to do."
Reindler paid tribute to the prompt action by pit crews from his own and rival teams at the Barbagallo in Perth, while his V8 colleague Bright said the response from the official fire crew had been too slow.
"It was pretty scary seeing the mechanics being the guys on the scene and fire crews walking up to the car," Bright said. "It was lucky Karl wasn't knocked out. I'm sure there'll be an investigation. The [fire crew's] car has pulled up close to the car that wasn't on fire, and I saw a guy walking up to the car casually, while the car's on fire with a driver in it.
Amazingly driver scrambled clear with superficial burns
"That's horrifying. You've got guys jumping the pit wall, at the car trying to put it out with a fire extinguisher. One of our guys went through two fire extinguishers before he saw anyone else helping him.
"We need to work on that. Drivers do everything we can to protect ourselves. Teams work very hard to build the cars as safe as possible. We also want to see everyone else performing at the same level."
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