Drag racer walks away from 260kmh crash
A PERTH drag car driver has remarkably walked away "without a scratch" from a spectacular high-speed crash at the Kwinana Motorplex on Saturday night.
Super Comp competitor Errol Quartermaine finished upside down and his car in tatters after the frightening smash, which came after his car had hit 260km/h.
But the driver himself was perfectly fine.
"I was upside down and stayed in the harness because if I got out of it, I thought I would have fallen on my head," Mr Quartermaine explained.
"But if it hadn't been for that, I would actually have been quite comfortable in there.
"The biggest thing I was worried about was fire because I'd seen the sparks from when the car hit the road and the one thing you don't want is to be trapped when there's a fire."
Parts of the car's body were sent flying over the fence during the crash and Mr Quartermaine's rescuers were astonished - and relieved - to find him in one piece.
The 55-year-old, a drag racing veteran of 30 years, had reached 290km/h during qualifying earlier in the night and also emerged unscathed from a frightening high-speed episode last year.
But on that occasion he had been able to keep his car away from the wall.
"It was just a lack of traction," he laconically explained of last night's events.
"I was gaining on the my opponent when it happened but then I just couldn't keep it in a straight line."
Mr Quartermaine's car No. 689 wasn't as fortunate as he was and will require either extensive repairs or replacement.
He won't know until he's stripped back the damage sustained last night and for now, both of them will have to stay off the track.