Drag racer Sam Fenech has died in a crash at a racing meet in Ipswich, west of Brisbane. Check out Sam Fenech drag racing accident.
Drag racer Sam Fenech dies in Horror race crash.
Drag racer Sam Fenech has died after a horrific crash at a Queensland race meet on Saturday night.
Driver Sam Fenech, a New South Welshman who had travelled to Queensland for the event, has been honoured online after his car flipped during a race at Willowbank Raceway before 7pm.
The crash shocked onlookers as emergency services rushed to the Ipswich track soon after.
“It is with great sadness that Top Fuel Racing Australia announces that Sam Fenech, driver of the Fabietti Racing Doorslammer, has succumbed to injuries suffered in a racing accident at Willowbank Raceway and passed away this evening,” the raceway said on social media.
“We send our love and support to the Fenech family and the whole team at Fabietti Racing.”
Confronting footage of the crash shows Mr Fenech’s car skid out before crossing his opponent’s lane and launching over the barrier.
It is then shown rolling several times, becoming severely damaged before coming to a stop.
“I am still shaking from what I have just witnessed,” one onlooker posted to New Year Nitro event’s Facebook page.
Police are investigating following a fatal crash at a Willowbank racing event this evening (January 7). The public are advised to avoid the area around Champions Way or exercise patience with likely traffic disruption. https://t.co/vJEmNr3erV pic.twitter.com/o8dQMagrhl— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) January 7, 2023
According to Queensland Ambulance Service, Mr Fenech was critically injured and died at the scene.
A camera operator was also taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Race fans wasted no time in honouring the stalwart on social media.
Top Fuel host Wade Aunger had earlier asked for sensitivity when he spoke to fans and the broadcast during the delay after the crash.
“Sam Fenech has had an enormous crash at the deep end of the raceway,” the host said in the moments after the crash.
Queensland Police later confirmed the cameraman was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Aunger led the crowd in a round of applause for Fenech.
Few fans had left Willowbank prior to the decision to call off the event while Fenech was still receiving treatment.