Strachan Suffers Major Crash in Fall Classic
The beautiful circuit Mont Tremblant, resplendent in fall colours, was the scene for the annual Quebec Fall Classic. Defending Champion Malcolm Strachan set the fastest Friday practice times in his Mobil-1 Corvette C5, followed by Martin Burrowes in his Ferrari 430 Challenge.
Qualifying saw Burrowes’ Ferrari steal pole position over Strachan’s Corvette by a fraction of a second, with a fast field of Ferrari’s, Vipers, Porches and Corvettes filling the grid. Strachan made a great start for the first race and then passed around the outside of Burrowes through the daunting first and second corners of Mont Tremblant to grab the lead.
Pulling six car lengths clear of Burrowes in the first half lap, Strachan came into corner 11, his car twitched slightly sideways in the left hander, then pitched violently in the opposite direction. Strachan slammed the barriers at approximately 160 km/h, destroying the right side of the Corvette. However, he emerged from the wreck virtually unscratched, with only a sore wrist. The Mobil-1 Corvette is a near write off. Burrowes drove his Ferrari on to a convincing victory, his first at Mont Tremblant.
Undeterred, Strachan’s team is putting together their race program for 2008, and will make announcements in the near future.