Racing driver killed at Interlagos

Mon, 10 December 2007, 10:03

A racing driver was on Sunday killed at Interlagos, the home of the Brazilian F1 grand prix.

Rafael Sperafico, a 26-year-old Brazilian who has raced in the Champ Car and F3000 categories, died when his stock car was t-boned by a competitor in a fast corner during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

He had just left the circuit and smashed into a tyre wall at high speed when his car, competing in the Brazilian Stock Car Light championship, bounced into the path of competitor Rentao Russo, who is reportedly in a serious but stable condition with head injuries.

The series’ doctor Dino Altman said in a television interview that Sperafico, one of three brothers and a cousin who all race professionally, died of massive head injuries and cardiac-respiratory failure.

The crash happened in the fast left sweepers just prior to the pit entry, where in 2003 Fernando Alonso crashed into the stricken wheel of Mark Webber’s car during the formula one race.

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