Beric gets back on track at Wakefield After a high speed crash at the Clipsal 500 which left he and his BMW M3 feeling more than a little worse for wear, Queensland driver Beric Lynton will return to the Donut King Australian Performance Car ...
Beric gets back on track at Wakefield
After a high speed crash at the Clipsal 500 which left he and his BMW M3 feeling more than a little worse for wear, Queensland driver Beric Lynton will return to the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship this weekend, at Wakefield Park Raceway.
The accident occurred during qualifying for the opening round of the 2005 season, on the streets of Adelaide. Sitting comfortably inside the top ten at the time, driving the Bruce Lynton BMW M3, Lynton suffered brake failure approaching the turn 9 hairpin.
"When I go for the brakes for the first time at that part of the circuit, I am doing about 199, 200 kilometres per hour," explains Lynton.
"The car actually braked a little bit until I blipped the accelerator to go down a gear. Obviously your foot is on the brake pedal the whole time, but it lifts off a little bit with the force. When I re-applied the force, there was no pedal there.
"The car hit the wall at 167 kilometres per hour. Because my seat hit the other seat, we don't know the G-Forces involved, but we can only assume how big they would be."
While Lynton was able to walk away from the massive accident without serious injury, he is still feeling its affects.
"I'm still not 100%," he said. "I think the HANS device saved my live. Maybe I wouldn't have died in that accident, but I think I would have been in a wheelchair. When you see it on TV -- it's horrendous. Most people that I've shown it to can't believe I'm alive and like I am.
"The only damage I have is that both my shoulders are slightly sore. I've been going to the physio since the accident, and the physio is of the belief that what they call the bursa bag -- which is a bag of fluid that goes between your rotator cuffs at the top of the shoulder -- are swollen. They are getting pinched, so I get the pain through my arms."
Countless man hours and a $35,000 repair bill later, the car was once again in pristine condition and ready to take to the track, with Lynton shaking it down at Queensland Raceway last week. He is looking forward to getting back into racing at Wakefield Park Raceway this weekend and is thankful for the efforts of those who enabled him to emerge from the accident and get back on track.
"I'm very lucky; the car did what it had to do, my HANS device and safety gear inside the car did what it had to do, and the track safety and marshals did what they did.
"I can only thank everybody at the track for their efforts and thank BMW and my guys for building such a strong car. At the end of the day, everything did what was meant to do and that's why I'm here today.
"I can't wait to go racing again at Wakefield and mix it up with the boys."
The action at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn, gets underway with two practice sessions on Friday, May 13, before qualifying on Saturday. On Sunday, the field will have three races -- two of twelve lap duration, and a seventeen lap race concluding the weekend.