Former WTCC driver Colak jailed for fatal road crash

Former World Touring Car Championship driver Marin Colak has been sentenced to three years in prison along with acquaintance Dalibor Opacak for their part in a 2010 fatal road accident, which claimed the life of 20-year-old student Ivana Obad.

Colak, now 31, was found guilty of driving recklessly and in gross violation of road laws, with judge Milenko Dakovic passing a damning sentence, remarking that neither Colak or Opacak showed a sign of genuine remorse, according to a report in the Croatian newspaper Vecernji list.

The duo were found guilty of racing each other on the highway near Bosiljevo in the Karlovac county of Croatia in November of 2010, with Colak driving a Ferrari with Obad as his passenger, while Opacak was behind the wheel of a Nissan.

Opacak's Nissan made contact with Colak's Ferrari at a speed of 210km/h, with Colak losing control of his car and barrel rolling, the car subsequently catching fire.

Colak escaped with severe injuries, while passenger Obad was trapped inside and perished.

The case has taken five years to reach a conclusion after being moved from Karlovac court to Zagreb due to a number of delays during the course of the investigation, with both drivers blaming each other for the crash.

Colak is to date the only Croatian driver to have competed in the WTCC, running for a full season in 2009 with his own team in a SEAT Leon TFSI. He then raced the car in the 2010 ETCC season before his racing career came to an end due to the accident.

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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