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Huge Crash Suspends FIA GT World Cup Qualifying Race

Huge first-lap pile-up suspends FIA GT World Cup qualifying race; four cars survive…

A massive crash has suspended the qualifying race for the FIA GT World Cup with the majority of the field held up in the first-lap collision.

It is unclear how many cars were damaged in the pile-up although only four drivers made it back to the pits following the red flag coming out.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3s of Edoardo Mortara, Maro Engel and Raffaele Marciello and the BMW M6 GT3 of Augusto Farfus were the four cars which made it back to the pit lane.

The collision was caused when reigning champion Laurens Vanthoor hit Daniel Juncadella’s Mercedes which had hit the barrier and stopped on track.

All drivers appeared to escape from the accident unharmed.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. JohnZ

    November 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Should be the last time GT3’s race at this track.

  2. Mike S.

    November 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

    That will be the answer to everyone saying it’s too tight. They were right. It’s a matter of time. What an embarrassment. That is worse than a parking lot.

    • Kagawa

      November 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      The pileup has nothing to do with the track being too tight. There’s plenty of city circuits with blind, tight corners (Denver, Puerto Madero, Boavista, even Long Beach, to name a few) and races took place at those locations just fine. Lots of human error from all parties involved (including off-track) here, plain and simple.

  3. Matt

    November 18, 2017 at 2:47 am

    OHHhh dear. Not again.
    Even with all those pros 🙁

  4. Jason

    November 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Why I am not surprised at a place like macau

  5. jaysfan

    November 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Must be the Russian way, why stop, might as well keep going! Ok, one guy crashes, the next one couldn’t see him, what about others? How in the hell did it get to the point that half the field crashed! Where were the track marshals and who in the hell was watching the monitors in the pit/garage area? Those team guys must’ve been blind

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