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    Pileup at Castle Combe last weekend

    Keeping with the racing pileup threads from the last few weeks here's one I was involved in on August the 1st - I had to clean up after the buggers!

    After a day of very few accidents and while actually running ahead of schedule, one of the marshalls I was posted with commented on how quiet the day had been for us

    2 races later and this happened on the start of the Castle Combe Saloons


    (If vid doesn't play properly then play it in 240p, it was dropping frames for me @ 360)

    And another view of the chaos:


    I was marshalling at Avon rise so had to leg it down to Folly to help in clearing up the mess, must have taken 3 posts worth of marshalls about 20 mins to clean it all up
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    FPMSL How easy did that rover/mg go over onto its roof at the start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC View Post
    FPMSL How easy did that rover/mg go over onto its roof at the start!
    check second vid

    wow that was very impressive

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    I already had,thats what I mean,how easy was it,just clipped the rear of the car in front & over it went!

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    Remember kids - Motorsport is dangerous Mmm-Kay?
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    I LOL'led when I saw the car upsidedown in reverse view in vid 1..... :lol:

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    Bloody hell, thats a lot of carnage for a race series like that.

    Looks like a nice cheap race series aswell.

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    Feck me!

    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

    And if you can't fix it with a hammer,you've got an electrical problem!

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    from the second vid , it look like the civic substained hardly any damage from the rover twatting into it and rolling over! but i may be wrong

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    Hellish I guess the Civic driver stalled it. Bad times!

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    LMFAO at the car on it's roof on the start line. That's fantastic!

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    I was at Combe last year for the british superkart round there and there were 2 massive accidents right in front of my after T1

    First one was in a Fiesta race where they were trying to go through 4 abreast. One clipped the grass, lost it and took another two cars out and another got t-boned.

    Second one was proper scary in the TVR race. First car came through dropping oil and the next 3 cars pirouetted off into the infield and the barrier. The first one came to a stop near the crops in the middle of the track and the 3rd car that came along smashed into the back of it while the driver was trying to get out of the car I think he managed to get himself strapped in before he got hit though as he was OK apparently. Both cars caught fire and they used up every extinguisher on the circuit to put it out. Pretty serious, but could have been so much worse!

    Combe is pretty much a death trap circuit though. There is next to no run-off so the MSA have "advised" them not to resurface it because the average speed on the circuit will be even higher, but the current surface is pretty horrendous

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC View Post
    FPMSL How easy did that rover/mg go over onto its roof at the start!
    i was just thinking the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelin101 View Post
    Combe is pretty much a death trap circuit though. There is next to no run-off so the MSA have "advised" them not to resurface it because the average speed on the circuit will be even higher, but the current surface is pretty horrendous
    Admitadely, there is little outfield runoff, but there is unlimited infield runoff, what other tracks have that? At any point on combe, you can only 'crash' on one side of the track, that's not so bad!

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    f**king amatures the lot of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    f**king amatures the lot of them
    That's just it though, they're not*

    Normally the Combe Saloons are amoung the best driven of the series here, the fast guys are mentally fast and the slow ones stay out of the way when needs be....

    Until that race at any rate


    *well, apart from being unpayed
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    can't decide whether I'm glad I wasn't there to help clean up or whether I'm a bit dissapointed that I wasn't there and missed all the action

    actually did lol at the rover though, good times

    although lots of carnage, nothing too bad looking, was there any major injuries FMG?

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    Only to bank accounts as I understood it

    That said, a marshall was hit by some flying debris at quarry in one of the Fiesta races too. Luckily they were also alright from what I heard when leaving
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