Slår verdensrekord ti måneder efter sin død

Jessi Combs har nu fået sit navn i Guinness Rekordbog...ikke at hun kan bruge det til noget

Jessi Combs' efterladte skulle vente ti måneder, før nyheden om hendes verdensrekord kom. Arkivfoto: Phil McCarten/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
Jessi Combs' efterladte skulle vente ti måneder, før nyheden om hendes verdensrekord kom. Arkivfoto: Phil McCarten/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

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Det skabte overskrifter verden over, da den professionelle racerkører og tv-stjerne Jessi Combs i august 2019 døde efter at være forulykket i sin bil med utrolige 841 kilometer i timen.

Nu var det ikke alfarvej, hun stormede afsted på - men derimod i Alvord Desert i det sydlige Oregon, hvor hun forsøgte at slå verdensrekorden som den hurtigste kvinde nogensinde.

Det lykkedes.

Det har Guinness Book of Records ti måneder senere konstateret og tildeler hende dermed en plads i deres berømte bog. Post mortem.

Det fortæller hendes partner, Terry Madden, i et Instagram-opslag.

- Jeg aner virkelig ikke, hvad jeg skal synes om det. For ingen rekord vil nogensinde kunne opveje, at hun er væk. Men det var et mål for hende, og selvom det er umuligt for mig at se på bilen uden at græde, er jeg stolt af hende, skriver Madden i opslaget, hvor hun i detaljer gennemgår parrets dag op til rekordforsøget.

Se også: - Det er jo vanvittigt

Danskeren kommer formentlig ikke til at se forbedringer på VF-20’eren. Foto: Jan Sommer Formel 1 - 18. jun. 2020 - kl. 23:05 Pengekassen lukket hos Haas

Hun skriver, at det er ubærligt at tænke på, at hun kunne have reddet hende ved at stoppe hende.

Ifølge Terry Madden gjorde Jessi Combs alt rigtigt. Hun kunne ikke have undgået den mekaniske fejl.

- Jeg fulgte forsøget i bilen ved siden af hende, da farten tog af bilen, mens ulykken skete, jeg så ulykken efterfølgende på tv-billeder, og jeg kan sige med 100 procents sikkerhed, at hun gjorde alt rigtigt.

Vis dette opslag på Instagram

#rememberthetime I was woke up Monday by a reporter from the London Times telling me that @guinnessworldrecords would be releasing today that @thejessicombs had officially broke her world landspeed record. I really don’t know how I feel about this at all as no record could ever be worth her not being here, but it was a goal that she really wanted - and as hard as it is for me to even look at the car without crying. I’m so proud of her. She woke up that morning to an alarm saying “lets make history” and we had an absolutely amazing day. On the morning run she broke her previous top speeds and we went back to the trailer and had a long heart to heart - she had a few things that were bothering us safety wise and I told her I would support her no matter what she decided to do. That afternoon we booked a house in Lake Tahoe for the next night, and she decided she was going to run that one last afternoon run to back up her record and then walk away from it for good and let her back up driver go for the overall world record instead of her. That was to be the last time she ever got in that car. It has torn me apart that all I had todo is say let’s go and we would have left before that run, she asked my opinion and I told her Togo for it if it was what she wanted. That conversation has torn me apart everyday since the accident. . On her final record run- the front wheel assembly failed and as she decelerated just past the end of the run, it came apart and went up into the electronics/mechanical bay behind her seat and caused the accident. There was nothing that she could do and she did everything perfect. I don’t know that this is anyone’s business and it has been hard for me to talk about, but I have been asked about several false narratives lately that she had done something wrong and I can’t live with anyone saying that anymore. I was in the safety vehicle beside her as she was slowing down when the accident happened, I watched the accident live as well as the onboard footage that was recovered. I can 100% tell you beyond any doubt that she did everything exactly as she was supposed to. . #missyababe #myjessi #landspeed #jessicombs #worldrecord #guinness

Et opslag delt af Terry L. Madden (@terry_madden) den

Jessi Combs blev 39 år.

Ifølge Guinness slog hun dermed Kitty O'Neils rekord på 824 kilometer i timen i 1976.

Jessi Combs var ved sin død allerede en legende i genren. Hun var den første kvinde til at opnå et resultat ved hvert Ultra4-begivenhed, den første kvinde til at deltage i The Race of Gentlemen. I 2013 fik hun den fornemme æresbevisning at være 'den hurtigste kvinde på fire hjul, da hun tordnede afsted med 641 kilometer i timen i sin North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

I forlængelse af sit særegne talent medvirkede hun i adskillige tv-programmer i USA. Hun var vært i fire år på SpikeTV's Xtreme 4x4

Mest berømt er Mythbusters, som hun i 12 episoder i syvende sæson deltog i.

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