We’ve seen similar crashes in the past, but that doesn’t make Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller’s accident during the second Norisring DTM race any easier to watch.
Paffett was battling Jamie Green on the quick run down to the hairpin when they clashed wheels, unsettling his Mercedes, causing him to lose control and hit the wall heavily.
It was a massive impact, and it didn’t end there. His out of control DTM machine continued on down the track and smashed into the innocent Rockenfeller, who had no idea what was about to happen.
The accident scattered debris across the track, damaged the barrier and unsurprisingly brought out the red flags while the circuit was cleared and repairs took place.
Thankfully, it seems both drivers are OK and were able to get out of their cars after the monstrous shunt, although they’ve been taken to hospital for checks.
Paffett emerged unscathed, although he was feeling a bit sore afterwards, but Rockenfeller has “sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his left foot”. Get well soon!