The last four weeks have seen three tragic deaths in motorsport, when yesterday Argentine Touring Car driver Guido Falaschi (pictured) was killed in a sickening high-speed accident in a Argentinean Turismo Carretera series race at the Balcarce circuit. He was just 22 years old.
Racing for the HAZ Racing outfit at this event, his death came at the Autódromo Juan Manuel Fangio circuit at Balcarce, Buenos Aires.
In the closing laps of the race, Falaschi was battling with Mauro Giollambardo’s Ford for the lead of the race when the pair came across the spinning backmarker, Leonel Laurrari.
Both drivers tried to avoid the stricken car, but Falaschi lost control of his Ford and spun across the infield before rebounding off the tyre barriers back onto the racing line.
His car was collected by Guillermo Ortelli’s Chevrolet, and then by an unsighted Nestor Girolami’s Torino, who slammed into Falaschi’s car amidst the dust and chaos.
While Girolami was taken to hospital with back pains (from which he is expected to make a full recovery), Falaschi’s fate was more serious. After being cut from the wreckage of his car, he was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead 40 minutes later.