MINI Cooper Rolls on First Lap of Race

Australian Rules Football  players tend to have a habit of taking hard dives on the field. Who knew that this would carry over to motorsports? Watch as former AFL star Jason Akermanis rolls his Mini during the warm up lap of the 2008 Australian Mini Challenge.

In most races with rolling starts, you will see drivers darting side to side as they perform their warm up lap. That weaving back and forth is a common practice in competitive racing. Drivers do this in order build up heat in their tires to make sure that they start the race with plenty of traction.

However, it seems that while Akermanis was warming up his tires, he was carrying too much speed which caused the car to dart to the left. He then entered a hard spin into the adjacent wet grass, and his right side dug into a ditch causing him to barrel roll, not once but twice. Now, Akermanis is no stranger to being upside down; his celebratory handstands were his trademark. Although, I doubt this is what he had in mind at the start of the race weekend. It was a combination of wrong place, wrong time, and sheer bad luck.

Amazingly, Akermanis walked away from the accident uninjured, but, his Mini was unable to race for the rest of the day. Thanks to a herculean effort from his team, the car was able to be repaired and race the following Sunday.

About the author

Mark-Robin Ual

Born and raised in Southern California, Mark's love affair with cars began at the age of 5 when he first saw a DeLorean DMC-12 hit 88mph and vanish into the time space continuum. Since then, he has been fascinated with anything that has a motor and wheels. From their aesthetic beauty to their technological feats, Mark appreciates every facet of the automobile.
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