Wow that is the worst track safety measures ever.
Couldn't really tell because the camera car's exhaust is nice and loud, but I thought I heard a couple of those cars lock up the brakes trying to avoid each other. Seems like they could use a bit more warning. I'd hate to see someone on a bike catch a bit of debris and end up as a 1/4 mile smear because they can't be bothered to put a sign up more than 50 feet from the crash.
I can say with 99% certainty that the construction zone was called out at the track entrance.
It was a very busy weekend there - the weather was ludicrously good, especially by German October standards, and no doubt one, if not the last, of the year like this. I was there Saturday with friends to do my first Ring lap, and also take a ride in the Ring Taxi - which was a birthday gift to one of the guys in the group. Before we got our ride the track was closed for about an hour due to an incident, and then there was this big mess on Sunday. I did see that rust-colored Vette ("platinum cars.se") lurking around on SaturdayIn between, we did just fine. Little traffic on the first half of the course while I was being extra cautious, opened it up a little over the second half of it but there was a lot more traffic, most of it faster.
On an unrelated note, it was a great time and I look forward to going back - hopefully on a weekday, and to having a little more experience and confidence to open it up. The Ring Taxi ride in the M3 was astonishingly impressive. Phenomenal grip and security in the corners.
Theyre pretty good usually about letting everyone know where there is construction and blockages on the track.
Huge display at the gates show this.
Also, they put signs that warn of maintenance crews working xxx meters down the track, so you normally have plenty of time to slow down.
But yea as some one above mentioned, this is an open driving day: Not an official race day.
And here are more pictures of the aftermath.
Skip to 11:48 in the OP video for a little power slide action.
For those who haven't seen it, this is what racers approaching the construction zone saw (skip to :25). It doesn't matter if drivers were given a warning before leaving, the construction zone was still marked improperly.
It's not a closed course racing session. Unfortunately, many people come to "tourist" driving sessions thinking it is.
Instead of a construction zone, it could have just as easily been a downed motorcyclist lying in the middle of the road after a crash. I've seen it. It could have also been a 50+ foot tourbus driving 40 mph. I've seen that too. Tourist driving is not closed course, you never know what you're going to find after any of the countless blind corners. You MUST drive in a way to keep your car under control for the unexpected.
This is not the place to be driving your ultra high performance car at 10/10. Not on one of the busiest weekends of the year. Not while there are active construction zones.
If you can't read the big flashing signs, you shouldn't be on the track. Lack of English translation is no excuse.
I liked the "oh putaaaaain de meeeeeerde de merde de merde de merde, putain comme c'est violent !" with a weird Swiss accent a little bit more.
Anyway, to refrain what was said here, the signals sucked bad for a racetrack ... You would expect something a little bit more visible than a hidden sign on the side.
I don't think the signal position sucked per se (ie not far enough away), but I think one or two drivers saw it and reacted bad and touched each other. Add heavy traffic to that and there you have the mess we're seeing. Just imagine driving the same trac portion without the accident; you wouldn't have any problem getting through the construction zone.
Serious question: Why didn't anyone in the first vid get out of their car and go signal the coming cars to slow down? Is it even allowed?
I just think it doesn't take much extra effort to give warnings at least 500m to 1km ahead of the construction zone. They do that prodigiously on the Autobahn, don't know why they can't do that here.