Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok was left with just a melted boot after a scary incident at the Goodwood Revival.
The ex-Lotus and HRT driver was taking part in the classic car event in Sussex when his Ferrari 250 GTO suddenly spun out and caught fire.
One of the most legendary cars ever built, GTOs have sold for up to a record £52.3million, so Chandhok’s F1 skills in quickly gathering control of the valuable Ferrari proved crucial.
The Indian managed to complete a 360 spin and park the car at the side of the track, avoiding competitors behind him and any further damage.
Thankfully for both Chandhok and the owner of the car, the fire quickly subsided into smoke, but the 39-year-old driver could have been forgiven for panicking.
That’s because his racing boot was burned in the process, with the Sky F1 pundit posting a picture of the damage.
He wrote: “Lucky to get away with that with nothing more than a melted boot…. Something went bang and seized up the back wheels and sent me spinning.
“Such a shame to end a race in my dream GT car like that but happy to get out ok!”
His brother, fellow Sky pundit Suhail, posted footage of the incident with the caption: “Scary moment for @karunchandhok minutes ago @goodwoodrevival in the iconic GTO.
“Most importantly just really glad he’s ok but I have to say that save, car control and presence of mind to quickly get it off circuit and onto the grass was IMPRESSIVE.
“We thought we were done with stressful moments as a family of a racing driver but guess that’s the nature of the beast.”
Speaking to Goodwood later, Chandhok added: “The 250 GTO is one of my absolute dream cars.
“I was pinching myself. The owner was lovely and so happy for me to go out and enjoy it. The race was fun but I wasn’t really going to be catching the front runners.
“So part-way around, I was just thinking to myself, ‘how cool is this? I’m in a GTO at Goodwood!’. Then coming out of Lavant onto the straight – I was in second and cruising – I heard a bang and the back wheels locked up. As I turned I saw flames, so I got right off the track safely, to minimise oil going down and get out of the way.
“Obviously I was shaken but the Marshals, the owner, were all great. The owner’s absolute first priority was that I was okay. He was extremely understanding.
“The owners deserve so much credit. They send these cars that were designed 60 years ago out racing, that are worth so much, understanding that things can go wrong and that these things happen. He told me, he wants to get the car fixed and get it back on track at Goodwood soon.”