Spectator Killed in Crash at Nurburgring VLN Endurance Championship

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2015

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07: Todd Kelly drives the #7 Nissan Motorsport Nissan during the 2015 V8 Supercars SuperTest at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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One spectator is dead and several others are injured following a crash at the VLN Endurance Championship race at Nurburgring motorsports complex in Nurburg, Germany, Saturday. 

According to BBC.com, 23-year-old British driver Jann Mardenborough's car left the track and crashed into a spectator area.

His Nissan GTR Nismo can be seen careening uncontrollably down the track in this photo courtesy of The Independent on Twitter:

Following the tragedy, Nissan released a statement, via BBC.com:

Several spectators were injured in the incident and despite immediate efforts one of them succumbed to their injuries. The others have been taken immediately to hospital for care.

The driver, Jann Mardenborough, got out of the car and, after initial checks in the circuit medical centre, has been taken to hospital for further routine checks.

Today's events have been a tragedy. We are all deeply shocked and saddened by these events and our immediate thoughts go to the deceased, those injured and their families and friends.

Event organizers also issued a statement and remain unsure of what caused Mardenborough to lose control and enter the spectator area, according to Luke Smith of MotorSportsTalk:

At Flugplatz, a racing vehicle drove off for a yet unknown reason from the track and came to a halt behind the safety features of the circuit.

The VLN and the organizer of the race are deeply saddened, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.

Huge risks are involved within the realm of motorsports, but they are normally only taken by the drivers.

Fans were unexpectedly put in harm's way Saturday, and it unfortunately resulted in tragedy.

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