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Video of the Day

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm video

The following footage is courtesy of Jensen Motorsport.

The video below features onboard footage from Markus Niemela’s Jensen Motorsport car during the controversial incident between himself and Simona De Silvestro (Team Stargate Worlds).

The crash resulted in Markus being penalized 30-seconds (2 positions) for “avoidable contact” and Simona De Silvestro dropping out of the race (waving her title hopes good-bye).

Good Call or Bad Call by the race stewards?  You be the judge, feel free to share your opinion in the comment section.



  1. Nate on October 16, 2009 11:13 am

    There is really no such thing as a “line.” There is only track, and creative ways to pass. The only time a racer controls a line is when he/she is leading the following car, and this balance only shifts after all four wheels of the overtaker have passed the leading driver. At any time, whether it be on the straight or alongside someone mid corner, you must leave a car width for the other car or risk that the cars will collide as the other driver does not want to go off track.

    Through the left hand section, Markus leaves room inside, and through the right hand section Simona does not, and her wheels never cleared his. She is at fault.

  2. rick on October 16, 2009 2:15 pm

    It appears that she forced the line agressively. Had the championship in hand and had plenty of laps to get there. Look at what happened to Dempsey in the same position in the FM race. Same turn and first lap emotion.

  3. Brett on October 20, 2009 5:15 pm

    “Simona tries to pass him but is only half a car ahead getting in the turn.”

    Yeah, ONLY half a car AHEAD. Wait, and she kept it on the track? This isn’t even a conflict. Markus made a poor choice and deserved to be penalized. To be quite honest, I’m not even a fan of Simona, but I know when a race incident is someone else’s fault. It is plain as day.

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