Man dies after high-speed drag racing accident at Christchurch circuit

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The accident happened during the first discovery of the National Drag Racing Championships at Ruapuna Raceway.

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The accident happened during the first discovery of the National Drag Racing Championships at Ruapuna Raceway.

A drag racing enthusiast was killed when a car slammed into a wall at high speed on a racing track on the outskirts of Christchurch.

The incident occurred during the first round of the National Drag Racing Championships, which was held at Ruapuna Raceway in Templeton on Sunday.

Things understands the man died after a vehicle hit a concrete wall.

Police, ambulance, firefighters and the severe accident police unit were called to the scene of the incident around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, with a police spokesperson later confirming the man was deceased.

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The race meeting was then canceled.

A wrinkled blue car remained on the track Sunday afternoon, the area was cordoned off as firefighters and police remained at the scene to investigate.

The scene remained recorded on Sunday afternoon as emergency services investigated.

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The scene remained recorded on Sunday afternoon as emergency services investigated.

Investigations into the circumstances of the accident are underway and WorkSafe has been notified, police said.

The event was hosted by the Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club.

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The club declined to comment when contacted by Things, but said in a Facebook post: “After a serious incident on the track this morning, today’s race meeting has been canceled.

“There will be no more information at this time.”

This is the second serious accident on the circuit in a few months.

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This is the second serious accident on the circuit in a few months.

The incident comes just months after another serious crash at Ruapuna Raceway in June, when Brett Sullivan, 28, was seriously injured after hitting a wall at over 240 km / h.

The experienced racing driver, originally from Nelson, was driving a car that the Sullivan Racing Team had just purchased when he crashed, suffering from a head injury and a broken neck that required a brace for six weeks.

While mechanical failure was believed to be the root cause of the crash, his father was looking to see if a safety device had malfunctioned as well.


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