1990 HEATHCOTE PARK RACEWAY
2006 JET CAR DEATH CRASH
Manabu Kondo a Japanese man died when his jet powered car slammed into a wall and disintegrated at the Heathcote Park Raceway dragstrip.
The car was traveling at about 300km per hour when the driver lost control, The deceased driver had only brought the jet car six weeks prior and this was his fourth test in the car.
Further details were released in the Bendigo Advertiser in May of 2015 in relation to the coroners report.
A Coroner has found the death of a thirty eight year old Japanese man in a racing car accident at Heathcote Park Dragstrip in 2006 could have been prevented by a mechanical check of the vehicle.
In a report handed down in the Coroners Court yesterday, Coroner Peter White concluded problems with the cars wheel bearings caused the car to shudder violently as it approached its top speed, knocking Mr Kondo unconscious, He said Mr Kondo then lost control of the vehicle, which veered into a safety barrier, However Mr White said the accident was preventable, He said the man who sold the car, Kevin Hinkling, the operator of Heathcote Raceway Russell Clarke, and Mr Kondo himshelf should have ensured the vehicle had under gone a basic mechanical check.