This might just be the biggest racing crash you’ll see all year.
It happened during last weekend’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge races at Goiania in Brazil. Ricardo Batista locked his front brakes while slowing for a sweeping right-hander and slammed into the side of Pedro Piquet’s machine. The helpless Piquet was pitched sideways onto the grass and the car’s wheels dug into the sandy ground, launching the 911 into a monstrous series of nine – count ’em – barrel rolls.
Piquet’s car was completely destroyed, but he emerged with just a slightly damaged hand and badly bruised face. He was kept in hospital for observation but later released. That he came out relatively unscathed is testament to the strength of Porsche’s racing cars.
This perhaps isn’t how Piquet was hoping he would come to the attention of wider world, but keep an eye on him; he is definitely one to watch over the next few years. The 17-year old, son of three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet, is already a double champion in the ultra-competitive Brazilian Formula 3 series and is lining up a campaign in FIA European F3 for 2016. He could well be in F1 by the end of this decade.