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Veteran Racer KE Kumar’s Life Ends in Tragic Crash at Madras Circuit

The 59-year-old was a prominent figure in the Indian racing community

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
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INDIA: Following a crash during the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship 2022 at the Madras International Circuit, KE Kumar, a well-known and respected racer, passed away on Sunday in a hospital. 

During a Sunday morning saloon car race, Kumar’s car came into contact with a competitor’s vehicle, causing the fatal accident. 

After colliding with a fence, KE Kumar’s race car slid across the track and landed on its roof.

The race was flagged right away after the crash. The track marshals extricated Kumar from the wreckage, and after he underwent a preliminary examination at the track’s Medical Center, an ambulance took him to a nearby hospital within minutes. 

KE Kumar passed away as a result of his injuries, despite the best efforts of the hospital’s medical staff.

The chairman of the meeting, Vicky Chandhok, issued a statement saying that the incident was a very unfortunate occurrence. He added that Kumar had been both a rival and a friend to him for decades.

KE Kumar had competed in a lot of races. Chandhok added that the MMSC and the entire racing fraternity mourned his passing and conveyed heartfelt condolences to his family.

Chandhok went on to say that the MMSC, the event’s organizers, and the sport’s national governing body, the FMSCI, have started an investigation into the incident. 

Meanwhile, the organisers postponed the remainder of the day’s activities out of respect for Kumar, a life member of MMSC.

The event’s video showed KE Kumar’s speeding car colliding with the front of another car racing on his left. Kumar’s car slid off the track and hit the trees at the boundary fence before turning into a turtle.

The impact caused the car’s body components to fall off. After that, the race director immediately stopped the race.

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