It’s no secret that every time a racer fires up the engine they are putting their safety at risk. Whether you are rallying, racing F1 or a professional TT rider, it makes no difference; you know what you are getting yourself into. This is part of the beauty of racing – the exhilarating urge to compete and transcend mortal threat. Still, there are race tracks which punish complacence and maintain a fearsome reputation.
Le Mans, Baja 100 and the Daytona Speedway are all evident high risk races responsible for tragic fatalities but even they can’t compete with the most dangerous race tracks…
- Isle of Man TT
This legendary biking course is an insane test of responsive skill and bravery. Despite the mortal risk, this track is a visual wonder taking place across the Snaefell Mountain Course. Believe it or not but this TT race isn’t really a professionally structured race track but rather a series of dangerously tight public roads. It’s not just the insane speeds that pose a risk but the brick walled roads and unexpected steep hills more than keep riders at the peak of their senses. Sure, it’s picturesque but when you consider the 240+ fatalities since 1907… It may not seem worth it.
- Dakar Rally
Launched in 1979, this hugely popular rally event has already proven to be an incredibly dangerous adversary despite its relatively new presence. This brutal dirt tracked endurance rally which trails across near 8,000 miles of turbulent free roaming terrain. There is no direct route for racers to keep to, simply a 22 day timeline and a finish line to find. As you can guess, racers go missing, cars break down and most tragically, many competitors have perished. As of 2009 the Dakar now takes place in South Africa.
This infamous German circuit is a 13 mile long trial of racing horror that pits the driver up against intense narrow turns and winding endurance. While commonly used as a test track by manufacturers for new top line models, it remains a well respected (and feared) professional race course. With 73 corners over 12.7 miles, its little surprise this winding behemoth has been the catalyst for so many accidents and fatalities over the years. There are numerous deaths on the track each years, some even occurring in ‘public sessions’. Race safe people!