Champion survives fiery crash at Timaru

Australian Champion survives high-speed fireball crash in New Zealand Five times Australian Sports Sedan Champion is lucky not to have been more seriously injured as a result of a horrendous crash at the Timaru circuit on the South Island of New...

Australian Champion survives high-speed fireball crash in New Zealand

Five times Australian Sports Sedan Champion is lucky not to have been more seriously injured as a result of a horrendous crash at the Timaru circuit on the South Island of New Zealand on Sunday October 26.

On the last lap of the final race in the Trans Tasman Challenge, Baily's 700 horsepower Chev V8 powered Nissan 300ZX Sports Sedan broke its tailshaft which severed the brake line and also ruptured the fuel tank.

On the 240 kilometres per hour front straight, without brakes and with the car engulfed in flames, Baily skilfully managed to avoid tyre walls at the early flag marshal points, and wiped off some speed before hitting another tyre barrier backwards.

He was quickly out of the burning wreck but did suffer superficial burns to his face, hands and legs. He was taken to Timaru hospital where he is expected to remain until the end of the week. Fortunately he will not require skin grafts or surgery.

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