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‘Ridiculous’ racing issue triggers violent rollover

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Sausage kerbs at race tracks are again in the spotlight after the World Endurance Championship’s six-hour race at Monza was marred by a scary GTE crash.

Portugal’s Henrique Chaves was lucky to escape the prang, which happened at the second chicane in the third hour.

Chaves spun his Aston Martin GTE entering the second chicane before the sausage kerbs launched the 1250kg Aston into the air.

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The car then landed on its roof, slid down the road and barrel rolled into the guardrail.

Chaves climbed from the car completely uninjured.

In commentary, former F1 driver Anthony Davidson immediately knew what had happened, before he’d even seen a replay.

“I think he’s spun the car and got launched over the sausage kerb,” he said.

“That’s why I don’t like these kerbs. The cars are travelling too fast to hit them sideways.”

Chaves’ TF Sport team later tweeted he had been checked and discharged from the medical centre.

It’s the second time in the space of a week that sausage kerbs have come under criticism from drivers, after Dennis Hauger’s Formula 2 car was launched on top of Roy Nissany’s in a support race for last weekend’s British Grand Prix.

In 2019, Australian Alex Peroni had a big crash when he hit a sausage kerb at the same track during a F3 race in support of the F1 Grand Prix, which ended his season.

The Alpine of Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere took overall honours, while LMP2 was won by Rui Andrade, Ferdinand Habsburg and Norman Nato.

The GTE-Am class that Chaves was competing in was won by the Porsche of Christian Ried, Sebastian Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.

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