Jonathan Tiu, the fastest Filipino on a drag racing strip, will not be able to get his seventh championship trophy after a recent crash at the Clark International Speedway.
Tiu was set to claim his seventh consecutive crown at the 2010 Magnolia Purewater National Drag Racing Championship Series this weekend prior to the accident.
Tiu was reportedly doing practice runs with his tube-chassis Lancer Evo V when it lost traction after crossing the finish line at the Clark International Speedway on June 26. The car slammed on to the retaining wall at the track’s drag strip. Tiu was doing 240kph when the accident happened, the track’s data logging system showed.
TopGear.com.ph could not reach the race car driver for an interview but Johnny Tan, Clark track owner and an eyewitness to the accident, said Tiu’s car broke in two before it disintegrated upon impact.
“People thought his legs were broken because they were exposed when the paramedics reached him,” said Tan. “Despite the intensity of the crash, it was a good thing that, save for some bruises, he was practically unharmed. He didn’t have any wounds or broken bones or anything. Someone was really watching out for him when that happened.”
Tan added that very few racers took to the track after Tiu’s crash, many of them undoubtedly in shock after what happened.
Tiu currently holds the quarter-mile record of 9.223 seconds, which he set during the Pagcor Drag Racing Championships-Northern Series in 2009.