Video: Aussie Racer Escapes Fireball

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Australian racer David Besnard cheated death during his crash in the Bathurst 1000.

Video has just come in of a horrifying accident at The Bathurst 1000. The race took place last week at the Mount Panorama circuit and involved Australian touring car racer David Besnard. His car hit the wall due to some faulty brakes around the 112th lap and was trapped in the vehicle as it became engulfed in flames. The crash caused a rupture in the fuel tank, and it wasn't long until copious amounts of fuel lined the track. A good length of the track caught aflame, including his racer.

Emergency crews were luckily positioned near the fire, which expedited the rescue and clean-up operation. "As soon as I hit the brakes and realised there was nothing, I knew it was going to be big. All of a sudden I was surrounded by flames, and I knew I just had to get out. Our race suits are meant to give us a minute or two, but you don't want to push it. The marshals did such a great job and it's because of them we can have races like this," said Besnard to Australian paper The Courier Mail. The 34-year-old Besnard had just completed a full stop, with fuel, brake pads etc. when this accident took place.

Check out the crash below from a camera mounted by the track. There is even a cockpit view of the crash.

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