The death of Joaçaba’s driver, Marcelo Cancelli, 40, is being treated as “fate” by the motorsport community. The driver could not resist the departure of the recorded track this Sunday (21), at the Autódromo Cavalo de Aço, in the endurance race, valid for the fourth stage of the CCA (Campeonato Catarinense de Automobilismo).
There were only a few minutes left before the end of the race when Marcelo Cancelli entered the “basin”, before a straight track called the “Porta do Sio”, which gives way to the finish line. On the Volkswagen Gol models, pilots reach more than 160 km / h.
The Steel Horse is nationally recognized as the second oldest horse, in activity, across the country – it is only behind the Interlagos circuit.
There were several events held over the weekend, to highlight Joaçaba’s 3-hour race, the last of the day. It is an endurance method where the pilots, who run in teams, take turns driving. The relay is mandatory in addition to stopping vehicles for adjustments, refueling and other details.
It was the last part of the test that required 50% of the time (in this case 1h30) to be valid. There were 20 minutes left until that time arrived, when Marcelo took to the track, replacing teammate Luciano Trois, born in Catandovas (SC).
See the moment of the accident
Fight for platform and low light
It was late Sunday afternoon when, during the race, the pilots were making a 2.2km run in just over 1 minute 10 seconds. Cancelli came in to take second place in the final classification, at a certain point in the race.
No Alto Giro Television, which broadcast the entire event, highlighted the late afternoon and supposed low visibility that became a reality on an equally sunny Sunday in the state’s Midwest. The test was eventually reduced due to the end of natural light.
“the light [do dia] It makes up for the camera filter, but it’s already a lot less,” the narrator recalled. The commentator also noted, at that point, that there were three minutes left for the end of the test. “There’s no way to fight nature and soon that twilight begins.”
Over 60 laps were covered when predictions were set to announce the final lap of the race. Marcelo Cancelli, third, was defending podium status.
In addition to the podium, Cancelli’s team was on the verge of receiving R$500, an expected prize for third place.
That was when Marcello Cancelli left the ‘Horseshoe’ curve and before entering the ‘pelvis’ he would lose control and leave the track. The car overturned and ended up hitting a tree.
The cockpit – the bubble where the pilots reside – was completely destroyed by the force of the crash, as shown in the photos.
‘It was a fatal accident’
said the President of Fauesc (Féderação de Automobilismo de Santa Catarina), Ademir Chiesa, Niki.
Nikki stressed that all safety elements, both on the track and in the car, are “approved and up to date”.
“Let’s wait, file a report, and then talk about what happened,” he said. When asked about the possible lack of light, Nikki denied it. “There was no way I could have had a brighter day than that,” he said.
The president also noted that the driver was experienced, had insurance, and that his car was “well-made”. “There was a death. We have insurance, the pilot has insurance, he has a federal license, everything is fine. His car was well made. A superior pilot. I am sorry a big loss.”
Other sources the report consulted confirmed the history of the route and its safety. Despite some occasional episodes, the racetrack is updated with safety and homogeneity requirements.
Fauesc secures vehicle homogeneity
The Santa Catarina State Automobile Federation has announced the death of Federal driver Marcelo Cancelli, 40, of Guacapa (SC) at noon on Sunday, August 21, 2022.
After a serious accident occurred at the Cavallo de Aco racetrack in Guacapa, the pilot was rescued by an ambulance and he was taken to Santa Teresinha Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Fauesc and Auto Moto Clube de Joaçaba, promoters of the event, confirm that the car has been fully approved and fit to participate in the event safely, in addition to having the pilot’s safety and protection equipment checked before the start of the race.
Fauesc, Auto Moto Clube de Joaçaba, pilots, coaches and friends deeply regret the loss of the champion Brazilian Automobilism driver on the ground with an honorable history in the sport.
The Civil Police will investigate
The case will be followed up by the civil police, which must open an investigation to find out its causes.
Burial of Marcelo Cancelli is scheduled for Monday (22) afternoon in Guasaba (SC).
As the report also found, Marcelo Cancelli’s family had already experienced tragedies in traffic. In addition to his father, Marcelo has already lost his brother, and he was registered in 2013, in the municipality of Alfredo Wagner.
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