Saving the car from spinning out is one of the trickier parts of being a race car driver. Besides highly customized drift cars, things with big wings and sticky tires don’t usually like going around a corner sideways. Australian driver Yasser Shahin, though, made recovering from a 720-degree spin look easy.
During the first qualifying round of the Audi LMS Cup in Adelaide, South Australia, Shahin, who’s behind the wheel of the #74 R8 misjudges a corner and sends the car into a serious spin.
During the second rotation, one would have thought that he wouldn’t be able to save it. A lot of amazing drivers would have trouble doing that. Amazingly, Shahin managed to keep the vehicle out of the wall and continue like nothing happened.
In the short clip that was posted on Reddit, , it seems like the driver takes a quick second to refocus before heading off again. The longer clip that you can enjoy right below provides a better look, with audio and voice over. It also reveals that he dived into the pits for a new set of tires immediately after the incident.
Audi Motorsport’s page described the incident in the following manner: “An error from Shahin, who was seeking the limits of both an unfamiliar car and the track, saw him spectacularly spin his Audi R8 LMS GT3. He controlled the pirouetting car expertly to keep it clear of the barriers, and continued the session.”
Despite the incident, Shahin clocked the fourth fastest time during the first round of qualifying, which secured him a second row starting place for round 1 and, in the second round of qualifying, he managed to get the pole position.