Anxious moment when the driver realizes that flames fill his car and reach 117 km / h to get to the fire truck
Terrifying moment when the driver realizes that the flames fill his car and reach 117 km / h while driving around the track to reach the fire truck on time
- Calum Lockie raced around the Donington circuit when the car caught fire
- Footage shows flames engulfing the car while Lockie drives to the fire truck
- Despite the fire, Lockie won two other races at the Donington Historic Festival
An unsuspecting driver discovered flames engulfing the inside of his car and was forced to drive at a speed of 117 km / h to reach the safety pit before the fire destroyed his vehicle.
Calum Lockie, 51, co-driving with Julian Thomas, raced around the Donington circuit in a Shelby Daytona Coupe on June 8 at the historic festival in Leicestershire.
Footage shows Lockie floating around behind the safety car while flames and plumes of smoke envelop him from behind.
He waves his hands to warn the driver of the safety car of the fire started by tearing the Daytona Coupe and continuing to catch up with him.
Calum Lockie, co-driving with Julian Thomas, racing around the Donington racing circuit in a Shelby Daytona Coupé when flames and plumes of smoke began to fill the car
Despite the fire, Calum Lockie (photo) and his co-driver Julian Thomas won two other races during the Donington Historic Festival in 2019
Safety cars are brought to a race track when there is an immediate danger for the driver, such as a soggy road.
When the safety car is on the track, all drivers must remain behind and may not overtake at any time.
As soon as Lockie has passed the safety car, his speed flies from 30 miles per hour to no less than 117 mph while he desperately tries to get to the safety pit as quickly as possible.
Usually a racing car jumps out of the fire while the fire engine drives over.
But Lockie decided it would be better to take the car directly to the fire truck.
He said: & # 39; If the car is on fire, you know you have to get it back to the fire truck in the pit lane or it's a toast.
& # 39; Then you pass the safety car. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; This is as close as I ever want to achieve a marshmallow. & # 39;
Lockie and Thomas participated in the 2019 Donington Historic Festival and despite the fire, winning the Jaguar Classic in an E-Type as well as the Historic Touring Car Challenge ended in a Ford Cosworth Sierra RS 500.
The couple had driven a Shelby Daytona Coupe (stock photo) when the car started filling up with smoke
Lockie tweeted about the incident (a race event involving one or more drivers) and said: & # 39; If you have survived the incident, the car is on fire, you know you have to get it back to the fire truck in the pitlane or it will be toast, then you catch up with the safety car. This is as close as I ever want to reach a marshmallow & # 39;
Car racing has a constant risk of fire, so much so that drivers wear fire-resistant suits and even underwear.
Because the engines of racing cars become incredibly hot and they burn fuel that is highly flammable, it creates the perfect conditions for starting a fire.
Most fireproof suits are made from a material called Nomex.
If drivers wear a suit of this material, they can survive 11 seconds at temperatures up to 1544F (840C) – the same temperature as volcanic lava.
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