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Man unscathed after high-speed Ferrari crash

TT/Vivian Tse · 17 May 2010, 17:05

Published: 17 May 2010 17:05 GMT+02:00

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The Ferrari 360 Modena driven on the Anderstorp racetrack flipped about a dozen times before it caught fire. The driver escaped virtually unscathed. The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.

"He's OK. He had some pain in his back, but nothing important," Stefan Bernström, event manager at the track, told The Local. "The passenger is all OK. He just stepped out of the car. It was not a standard Ferrari with two seats, but a racecar."

The incident took place at 2pm on Monday during an event arranged by a Danish company. The buyers of about 20 Ferrari cars had been invited to the event to test the prized vehicles.

"I'm not sure how much the insurance is on these cars, but it's a fantastic amount, about 2 million kronor ($262,830), really expensive cars," Bernström told The Local. "For people who can afford it, it's a very nice car. I was relieved of course to hear he was all right. As long as no one gets hurt, you can always buy a new car."

The staff and organizers were able to put out the fire themselves.

"The guy driving is a very experienced driver. He's been doing this for years. Something happened with the car," Bernström told The Local.

"He had a tyre explosion on a front wheel at the end of the straight," he said.

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Bernström added the staff at the racetrack are trained to handle crashes.

"I didn't see the crash because my office is on the other end of the racetrack from where the crash happened," he told The Local. "I was helping putting out the fire. We got a call saying we needed an ambulance and fire extinguishers."

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Your comments about this article

17:46 May 17, 2010 by Decedo
So with all the world events and happenings, this makes the news? A rich guy is stupid, ruins his car and makes the news.....hmmm.
18:58 May 17, 2010 by sissygirl
Sucks for him.
19:10 May 17, 2010 by voiceofreason
Not sure he'll get any insurance payment.
21:40 May 17, 2010 by wxman
Somebody is trying to tell him something. If he's smart, he won't do this again.
22:20 May 17, 2010 by The Nine
Road insurance doesnt cover track days. You are driving the car in a way that isnt normal on the road so the insurance is invalid. Ferrari burst into flames? Don't they all?. The most beautiful {and badly made} car of all time. But that is why we love them. Its their fragility.
23:32 May 17, 2010 by krrodman
Call me crazy, but all this talk about how wonderful it is that the driver escaped without a scratch rubs me the wrong way. If by some strange magic I could save only one - either the Ferrari 360 Modena, or the the driver - I would choose the Ferrari every time.
05:13 May 18, 2010 by crofab
OH NOES! What will this ridiculously wealthy person do to entertain himself now?
11:16 May 18, 2010 by Renfeh Hguh
The Nine you are not correct. My Swedish insurance covers me for track days organised by the Porsche club. So it is possible that given the way the event was organised that insurance cover may also have been arranged.

I am at a loss as to why this is news on this site. It can't be that slow a news day for it to be worthy of publishing.

I guess TL is hoping the resident commies start a "kill the rich" war?
10:19 May 19, 2010 by flintis
What's the big deal, happens nearly every week in the touring car championship. Maybe this pratt has some connection to the local news?

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