Nurburgring 24h Beetle notes #5

HIPPIES GOES TO THE NURBURGRING 14th July 1998 SIX HOUR UPDATE BEETLE STRIKES DRAMA . . . AND BARRIER The Aussie team's galant attack on the Nurburgring 24 Hours has struck drama after six hours of the famous German event. Sydney racer and...

HIPPIES GOES TO THE NURBURGRING 14th July 1998 SIX HOUR UPDATE

BEETLE STRIKES DRAMA . . . AND BARRIER

The Aussie team's galant attack on the Nurburgring 24 Hours has struck drama after six hours of the famous German event.

Sydney racer and journalist Peter McKay crashed the car at more than 100km/h and the team have now begun a frantic rebuild attempt to repair panel and suspension damage.

"The car hit a bump entering a 3rd gear left hander and unfortuantely the steering wheel jumped out of my hand," McKay said.

"I'm really disappointed because that sort of thing shouldn't happen, there's no excuses.

"This place is not very forgiving like that. It is a fabulous circuit to drive, but if you get it wrong, it can really bite you."

McKay was uninjured in the crash and the team is confident the damage can be repaired to get the car back out onto the circuit.

Female racer Melinda Price and team co-ordinator Damien White have yet to drive the car in the race.

Team owner Ross Palmer started the event and made good progress until the car broke an alternator bracket after 80 minutes on the circuit.

The team were already lapping the monstrous circuit 40 seconds quicker than their qualifying time - stopping the clocks at around 11 1/2 minutes for the 20km track.

"Rosco is pretty positive about the whole thing and the entire team is working hard to get the car back out there for the fans," McKay said.

"It really has become a crowd favorite. The flag waving and cheering that went on when the car returned to the track from its alternator drama was unbelievable.

"It's almost a mob scene around the garage - we've got no shortage of volunteers to help repair the car.

"I'm sure we would have people offering to take parts off their road car but the new Beetle isn't event released in Germany yet."

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Series General
Drivers Melinda Price , Damien White