Friday, May 17, 2013

Video: Audi 200 Trans Am almost destroyed in crash during 1992

By Johan Laubscher

The Audi 200 Trans Am was developed for the 1988 SCCA Trans Am Champiosnhip in America. Audi won the championship that year and then moved onto the 1989 IMSA GTO series. 1988 may have been the end of the 200 Trans Am in America, but it was not the end of the road for these cars.

One Audi 200 Trans Am arrived in South Africa in 1989 for the Wesbank Modifieds Championship, driven by Sarel van der Merwe. A second car arrived in 1990, both being run by the factory Audi Sport South Africa (Voldi) team. These cars competed with the factory team in South Africa from 1989 until 1992, and two more years (93-94) with private teams.

During 1992 one of the Audis was almost lost in a high speed crash. The incident took place at the Goldfields race track (old version of Phakisa) in Welkom, South Africa. Terry Moss was driving the Rothmans Audi 200 Trans Am and Sarel van der Merwe was driving the Ford. The two tangled on the very long back straight, and the resulting accident almost destroyed both cars. The Audi survived the incident, but unfortunately the Ford was a write-off after its roll-over. The video below features the controversial 1992 van der Merwe and Moss crash.