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Tomas Enge's Lamborghini Gallardo Gets Vertical in Blancpain Sprint Series

Tomas Enge End over End in Lamborghini Gallardo FLII at Blancpain Spring Series qualifying race


Article by Travis Wolcott.

Tomas Enge had nothing but praise for his Reiter team after his spectacular crash at the Slovakia Ring early in Saturday's Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying race. The field was fighting their way through the wide first few corners of the 3.68-mile road course when Enge's Lamborghini Gallardo FLII made contact with Stef Dusseldorp's HTP Mercedes SLS. Enge said, "That I was able to get out of the car and walk away was a credit to Reiter.”

The visual intensity of the wreck as Enge tumbled end over end is impressive, and it makes a great addition to a YouTube playlist. It's also a good time to reflect on Enge's praise for the safety systems in place in today's racing cars and tracks.

Enge's tumbling actually saved him from what could have been more serious injury. Compared to a heavy head-on or side-on collision with an unmoving wall, the dramatic cartwheeling was dissipating energy with every rotation. As racing drivers, we outfit ourselves with fireproof suits, underwear, shoes, the best helmets the sport has ever had, neck restraints, and surround ourselves with halo seats, roll cages and carbon fiber . . . and it's all necessary. The improvements this sport has seen in the last couple of decades has dramatically increased the survivability of high energy crashes like this.

The intensity of the race track often brings about destruction and, in turn, incredible video footage. The amazing part of it all is that more often than not, the driver walks away from impacts with other cars and walls at huge speeds with only minor injury, as Enge did. Those of you out there with race cars know exactly why that roll cage is in there and hope you never have to use it. Remember to thank your cage builder today. Tomas Enge did.



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I grew up in Stuart, FL and began racing when I was just 14 in go karts and began competing in endurance karting events. From there I trained in Formula cars with Skip Barber Racing Schools and won my first race in a Formula Dodge from pole. I graduated from Jensen Beach High School and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. My first full season in a sports car came in 2010 with GO 4 IT Racing Schools when I claimed a National Championship in SCCA Club Racing in the Rocky Mountain Division in Showroom Stock B, setting 3 lap records, one of which still stands today at Miller Motorsports Park. In 2011, I raced two Spec M3 races, winning both of those from pole position. This year marked my introduction into professional racing in a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI in the Pirelli World Challenge with Emich Volkswagen and 3ZERO3 Motorsports. I claimed two podium finishes from my first two professional events at two unfamiliar tracks working with renowned racers, Robb Holland and Gary Sheehan. In December 2012 I won my class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. My ultimate, personal racing goal is to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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