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The End Of Brabham's And Nissan's Heyday In Imsa Gtp

Road Atlanta 1992

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#1 JMF

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Posted Jul 24 2016 - 09:25 AM

I've been watching some old Group C and IMSA GTP racing lately. I've liked Nissan since I was boy in the 1970s. They were a real force in US road racing through the 70s and 80s.

This is a good testament to the increase in survivability of wrecks in newer race cars. Brabham and Robinson were lucky.

All of us who have driven Road Atlanta 71 have probably experienced a similar crash to Brabham's. Luckily none of us know what it's like to suffer a catastrophic tire failure at the low point of the back straight.

At 38:48 there is onboard video of part of Brabham's accident.

https://www.youtube....h?v=5laDwEVd92s

http://www.mulsannes...tlanta1992.html

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Posted Jul 24 2016 - 11:41 AM

Donohue almost died for a tire blew exactly in that point of the track almost 20 years before that with the 917/30

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Posted Aug 02 2016 - 07:14 PM

View Postleon_90, on Jul 24 2016 - 11:41 AM, said:

Donohue almost died for a tire blew exactly in that point of the track almost 20 years before that with the 917/30
Not exactly. The rear bodywork separated from the car and Mark escaped with just a broken leg. And it was in the 917-10.

Edited by JacnGille, Aug 02 2016 - 07:15 PM.


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Posted Aug 03 2016 - 07:17 AM

View PostJMF, on Jul 24 2016 - 09:25 AM, said:


There was also a massive crash of Chip Robinson at 14:15

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Posted Aug 03 2016 - 08:15 AM

View PostJacnGille, on Aug 02 2016 - 07:14 PM, said:

View Postleon_90, on Jul 24 2016 - 11:41 AM, said:

Donohue almost died for a tire blew exactly in that point of the track almost 20 years before that with the 917/30
Not exactly. The rear bodywork separated from the car and Mark escaped with just a broken leg. And it was in the 917-10.

You're right about the fact that it was a 917/10, however he almost died. The fact that he had survived with just a broken leg doesn't mean he risked his life. The car was utterly destroyed and he got out of that through sheer luck

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Posted Aug 19 2016 - 10:16 AM

View PostStefan Roess, on Aug 03 2016 - 07:17 AM, said:

There was also a massive crash of Chip Robinson at 14:15

Robinson's accident is strange. Brabham's tire failure occurs where the the tire loading would be highest, but Robinson had not reached top speed or made it to the low point of the back "straight".




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