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2015-03-30 11:35

INCREDIBLE MOMENT: The picture shows the moment when the Nissan GTR virtually stood upright before crashing over the barrier, killing a spectator. Image: YouTube

BERLIN, Germany - Racing for certain classes has been suspended at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit since the death of a spectator during an endurance event.

The spectator was killed and several others were injured when they were struck by a car racing in the first event of the VLN Endurance championship on the notorious Nordschleife circuit on Saturday (March 29 2015).

The Nissan GTR was being driven by Jann Mardenborough, 23, who escaped unhurt. The car lifted off the track, flew over the security barrier and landed upside down in an area reserved for spectators.

EXAMINED BY EXPERT

Several fans were hurt and an unspecified number of injured were taken to hospital.

The German Motorsports Association announced on Sunday (March 29) that it had suspended the circuit's racing licence for a number of categories, among them endurance events, until an investigation was complete and safety improvements made.

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Association general secretary Christian Schacht said: "The safety of participants, and especially spectators, must be of top priority. We must analyse the details of what happened, make recommendations and then implement them.

"Only then will vehicles of a similar spec to those involved in the accident be allowed back on the Nordschleife."

Investigators have confiscated Mardenborough's car, which will be examined by an expert.

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