Driver dies in Ferrari crash

08:44, May 12 2014
Ferrari crash
CRASH: A man is dead after a high-speed Ferrari crash at Taupo Motorsport Park on Monday afternoon.

A man is dead after a high-speed Ferrari crash in Taupo. 

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Police said the crash happened shortly after 1pm. The man was driving a Ferrari 360 Spider around a track at the Taupo Motorsport Park when he hit a tyre wall at high speed.

A male passenger in the car was unhurt.

A spokesperson for the park said the track had been booked by the Hawke's Bay Club.

The Ferrari was heavily damaged in the crash, which may have been due to a lack of grip on cold tyres, the spokesperson said.


The driver was treated at the scene by a doctor before being taken to Taupo Hospital where he later died. Police said its serious crash investigation unit would look into the crash on behalf of the coroner.

No further information would be released about the dead man until family members had been advised and a formal identification completed.

In Feilding, a man in his early 50s is dead after a single car crash.

Police said initial indications suggested the car left the road and ended up in a culvert. The man was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

A member of the public who saw the crash on State Highway 54 about 5.30pm had alerted emergency services.

No further details about the man would be released until next of kin were informed and formal identification completed.

Taupo Times