Race Car Driver Barely Survives Horrific Fiery Crash, Worse Response

This video of racer Giorgio Bartocci almost burning alive in a Lamborghini race car after an awful crash this weekend is both graphic and infuriating, as you can see the "safety crew" idling about as teammates extract the burning driver.

Bartocci's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 race car goes out of control and slams into the wall at the track in Brno, Czech Republic during the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, which is the world's fastest one-make series. It's almost immediately engulfed and the driver struggles to escape the flaming wreckage. Instead of freeing the driver two track safety workers try to put the fire out — mostly by spraying the pavement with semi-functioning extinguishers.


No one seems to focus on actually removing the driver and a safety truck in the background nearly backs over someone. You also see another official trying to put out the fire from the grandstand before someone who knows what they're doing grabs it out of the guy's hands.

The driver's not freed until a minute later when one of his co-drivers and crewmembers eventually yank him from the melting car after running there from the pits. Numerous other track personal stand around as this happens, seemingly ambivalent to the fact there's a driver in there. Perhaps it's normal safety procedures at this track to have the two guys not in safety gear to rescue the driver, but it doesn't seem right.

The driver is reportedly awake and off a respirator with broken ribs, a broken leg and second-degree burns over 40% of his body.

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What this looks like to me is an exercise in being unprepared. People were trying to get him out, including safety crew, but they couldn't get at the door because the fire was too hot and they didn't seem to know how to solve that issue. Poor preparation, not poor courage prevented the safety crew from doing anything meaningful sooner.