Andy Gehrmann Accident – Andy Gehrmann, a 49-year-old Dutchman from Heerlen, tragically lost his life at the on-site medical center of the circuit subsequent to the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 #23 of Jann Mardenborough-Kuzuki Hoshino, who was positioned first, flipping over the fence and into the crowd. At an estimated velocity of 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour), the vehicle sped along the Flugplatz segment of the track, collided with the barriers, and descended inverted into the spectator area.
Ten spectators were injured, one of whom passed away, in an accident that occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incident occurred less than an hour after the ADAC Westfalenfahrt, the inaugural round of the 2015 VLN Nürburgring Endurance Championship.
The scheduled four-hour race was halted promptly to allow emergency personnel quick access to the circuit; it was not resumed. As reported, this incident marked the inaugural fatality involving spectators in the course of a VLN Endurance Championship competition. Two men, including Jann Mardenborough, a 23-year-old British racing driver, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries including fractured bones and wounds. She remained there the following day for observation and treatment. An additional ten were treated at the track.
The incident took place near the location where Manfred Winkelhock, who suffered a blow-over at the summit of the notorious jump crest “Quiddelbacher Hohe” during a Formula 2 race in 1980 due to a damaged front wing, was situated.
Jann Mardenborough, a Nissan GT Academy works driver, was regarded as a significant racing talent. Her father, Steve, was an active professional footballer in England for twenty-one years. In 2011, he defeated ninety thousand other video gamers to win the GT Academy by Nissan and Sony, the competition that initiated his motorsports career. Mardenborough, who was raised in Cardiff, Wales, has participated in the juvenile development program of Red Bull. In 2014, while driving for Arden International, he won a race in the GP3 Series and participated in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It is hypothesized that the accident involving his Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 resembled that of Mark Webber and Peter Dumbreck’s Mercedes-Benz CLR at Le Mans in 1999, in which the vehicle autonomously gained flight as it surmounted the ridge at Flugplatz.