Sadly things like this happen from time to time.
As much fun as drag racing, or any other type of motorsport, can be, safety must always come first. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. It’s just a fact of life or in this case, death. Eugene Kern was the owner of a Moscow-based tuning shop called Turbo Drive, and he was just sadly killed while attempting to set a new Russian drag race record while piloting a Nissan GT-R.
It was the final for the Cup of Russia event, and 44-year-old Kern managed to get his modified GT-R up to 186 mph. For still unknown reasons, he failed to slow down after crossing the finish line. Instead he gained speed, resulting in the car crashing into a concrete block.
Kern was killed instantly, likely due to the airbags failing to deploy. The GT-R then overturned several times in a field next to the track. Sources claim the track wasn’t suitable for drag racing because it’s too short for cars going at such high speeds. Before his death, however, Kern managed to set a 1 kilometer speed record of 9.8 seconds.