A cheesecake disaster...
24h of Le Mans 1988. The German reporters Rainer Braun & the late Gustav Brüsing should commentate the race for SAT-1.
Their cabin was very tight, they had to share with Screensport.
Prior the race it wasn't much time, so they only could eat some cheesecake & bratwurst. Rainer got sick in the evening, but used some medicine to stop the abdominal pain.
Just before the start Rainer got black in mind & fell in fainting. Co-commentator Brüsing reacted quickly, and took over the greetings & commentaries. After the start phase Gustav brought Rainer to the Porsche team doctor Georg "Schorsch" Huber.
Dr. Huber diagnosed a salmonella poisoning. Braun got a bed in the Porsche camp & Huber connected him to the drip. Every 15 min he proofed pulse & blood pressure. Huber also brought him to the toilets. Once he puke on the way. Bob Wollek (Porsche pilot), who didn't recognised Rainer, said: "...that now the drunk have to puke out at Porsche."
Towards midnight the condition of Rainer got worse.
If it doesn't get better, Dr. Huber would bring him to the Le Mans hospital.
Then Rainer woke up, because somebody shouted angrily. It was Porsche chief executive officer Heinz Branitzki, who actually should sleep in this bed.
On Sunday morning Rainer wanted to be back in the commentary cabin, but Huber refused to let him go.
But Rainer was allowed to commentate the last hour of the race (when the Jags won). Doc stand beside him with the emergency bag.
Brüsing organized him a quick return to home. A hour after the finish he traveled back in the Arcus-plane of Bilstein.
After 2 weeks Rainer was back in old conditions.
Later Schorsch Huber told Rainer that his conditions were life-threatening & the he thought that it would be irresponsible to stay with him at the racetrack.
Huber got a box with 6 bottles of wine as thank. 📷 by : unknown