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Driver runs from buring V8 Supercar in Australian race [video]

Holden Commodore bursts into a giant fireball when its fuel-cell is punctured in a collision at a 2011 V8 Supercars race in Perth, Australia

Here's a video of a rather spectacular explosion at the Perth round of the 2011 V8 Supercars challenge in Australia.

A Holden Commodore driven by Karl Reindler explodes into a large fireball when a collision with another driver, Steve Owen, punctured Reindler's fuel cell.

Luckily, both drivers involved came away from the incident with only minor injuries.

But we can see how Reindler struggles to get out of the burning car for a few very tense moments and then has to roll on the ground to make sure any flames on his protective suit are out.

Source: YouTube user nfused via Jalopnik

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PONTIAC G8 GXP
This driver is fu**ing lucky. And I think that there cars need major constructive changes because its fuel tank blows up very easy
May 3, 2011 12:23 pm
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TheSilentKnight
What happened there was that the race started and Karl Reindler ( sitting in 12th I believe ) had stauled on the grid. Steve Owen, who started near the back of the grid, had started and he didn't see Reindler until the car infront of him had dodged round; leaving Owen with no option. The estimated speed of the impact was 150km/h ( 94mph ) and the V8 Supercars run on Sucrogen, which is a higher-burning bio-ethonol fuel. The boot ( or 'trunk' if you're American ) not only contains the fuel tank, but the battery and electrical relays too; hence the huge explosion.
May 2, 2011 11:21 pm
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dtrump
holy moly!
May 2, 2011 3:12 pm
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Shyne
A tank that blows up "that easily"?!? Are they running on nitro? Glad the drivers could get out without any big injuries...
May 2, 2011 3:10 pm
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