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Offline Ferrari Fissatore

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A decent set of seatbelts for a race car costs between $500 and $2000 depending on spec... for each occupant...

so you can see why some may try to skimp....

but yeah, crazy.

FWIW, Ashley Coopers accident and injuries wasn't due to seatbelt failure, in case this discussion makes it look that way.

Offline AshSimmonds

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Deadly Clipsal corner set to be changed

ONE of the most challenging corners on the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar race will be narrowed for next year in the wake of driver Ashley Cooper's death last year.

The 200km/h-plus corner will be remodelled by bringing the left-hand side concrete barrier in by 2m to reduce the speed through the turn from Bartels Rd on to Dequetteville Tce.

The changes have been made as a result of investigations by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport.

CAMS chief executive officer Graham Fountain said the changes were designed to minimise both the likelihood and consequences of an impact with the left-hand side barrier.

"The existing barrier from 2008 will stay as it was in 2008, but a new race-line barrier will be installed, creating a more conducive turn for racing to decrease or mitigate any possible risk, as much as we can, in what is a very dangerous sport," Mr Fountain said.

Ashley Cooper's father, Alan, yesterday welcomed the changes to the track's eighth turn.

"I hope that the changes will alleviate the chance of anyone else having to meet their fate at that turn," Mr Cooper said.

Mr Fountain rejected criticism of the barriers and denied turn eight was "an accident waiting to happen".

SA Motor Sport Board chairman Jason Allen said the race operated under a CAMS licence and the track was inspected every year.

"We're comfortable with the process which is undertaken by CAMS to offer the licence at every event that we undertake as the Clipsal 500," he said.

The review process included two unnamed V8 Supercar drivers who, Mr Fountain said, were comfortable with the changes made to the notorious corner.

Any suggestion of returning to the full F1 street circuit was rejected by the CAMS chief, who suggested there were some inhibiting factors with respect to the parklands. "The footprint we have to operate the event on is the one that we have and it's the best we can possibly do," he said.

Erecting of temporary facilities in the parklands, including the Pit Straight stand's new shade structure, is under way.


Offline Doctor

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Wern't they going to use the old F1 track at some stage, the full length one?

Oversteer Scares The Passengers , Understeer Scares The Driver

Offline dkabab

Wern't they going to use the old F1 track at some stage, the full length one?

they they will want to be flying finns and run into the brewery....
but yes thats the best idea for it. makes for a better track, the stag overlooking the track etc...

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