Video: Jet-engined Mini crashes during Snetterton demo run

A Time Attack event at Snetterton was disrupted when a jet-powered Mini crashed at the final corner while travelling the wrong way round the circuit during a demonstration run

Video: Jet-engined Mini crashes during Snetterton demo run

AUTOSPORT understands the Mini was heading in the wrong direction at low speed in order to turn around for its jet-powered run down the straight towards Riches.

The driver, Andrew Pleszko, appeared to pick up speed and lose control of the car before smashing into the barrier head-on.

An MSV spokesman said Pleszko was taken to hospital for precautionary tests before being discharged later the same day.

"The Mini was only supposed to trundle the wrong way down the start finish straight in order to turn around for its jet powered run the other way; clearly something went wrong as between driver and car," the spokesman said.

"The car therefore hit the Armco barrier in a direction and from an angle at which it is not designed to be hit.

"Nevertheless the barrier as the first line of defence did its job by taking the energy out of the car, preventing it from reaching the secondary fence line and public areas.

"Repair work was carried out and the event was able to continue following a short delay."

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