Dino Calcum has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the repair of his Opel Astra TCR, after suffering a huge start-line accident in the second of last weekend’s ADAC TCR Germany races at the Nürburgring.
Calcum suffered from a huge impact with the barriers at the exit of the pitlane in race two, after making contact with Target Competition’s Josh Files at the start whilst avoiding the car of Max Hofer, who moved over at the start.
Unbeknownst to Calcum, Files was drawing alongside and the following contact pitched his car into the Armco barriers at high speed. Hofer later received a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.
Calcum, who scored a maiden podium earlier in the year at the Red Bull Ring, has launched a campaign as he fears his “future in motorsport is uncertain” as a result of the crash.
“Last weekend, on the 6th of August 2017, the TCR pilot Dino Calcum was involved in a severe, blameless start line accident, causing his Opel Astra TCR to be so badly damaged that his future in motorsport is uncertain,” read Calcum’s crowdfunding statement.
“Dino is a super, likeable and fast driver, who has definitely earned a place in ADAC TCR Germany and with his ability can always be at the front. His goal remains to race in the ADAC TCR Germany Championship next year.
“In order to bring him back to the ADAC TCR Germany, he is now dependent on any help. Dino has partners and supporters, but in the current situation, this support is not sufficient to rebuild his Opel Astra TCR, so that he can get back into the cockpit.”
Calcum estimates that the cost of replacement parts for the repair will be around €30,000. In return, Calcum is offering fans the chance to have their name or message displayed on the bonnet of his race car.
Watch: Start-line accident in TCR Germany