Sometimes we forget just how unpredictable and dangerous racing can be.
Take, for example, this Corvette C6 ZR1 that was involved in a pitlane fire during the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship over the weekend.
This Youtube video shows a lot of mad scrambling in the pits as the fire unexpectedly breaks out in the fuel rig during the Six Hours of Shanghai in the LMGTE (European Le Mans Series) Am category. It was a tough break for the No. 50 Larbre Competition Corvette that looked at one point to be a challenger for a podium finish, but the fire burned up those hopes.
Fortunately, two mechanics in the middle of the terrifying flames escaped injury, thanks to their fire suits and equipment required in the FIA WEC as well as the fast-thinking crews of their competitors nearby.
In the first three hours of the race, it looked like the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 of the Danish trio Tiiim-Nygaard-Poulsen was going to cruise to victory. An electrical problem, however, stopped the car in the fourth hour, and the No. 81 8Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia pulled ahead on the way to ultimate victory ahead of the No. 76 IMSA Matmut Porsche of Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl Vernay, and Markus Palttala and the No. 96 Aston Martin Vantage of Jamie Campbell-Walter, Stuart Hall, and Jonathan Adam.