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Isaakyan OK After Heavy Race-Ending Accident

Matevos Isaakyan OK after race-ending accident for No. 17 SMP Racing BR1 in final hour…

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The fourth-placed SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER is out of the Total Six Hours of Spa following an accident for Matevos Isaakyan at Eau Rouge.

Footage showed the wrecked car stationary at the top of the hill with Isaakyan out of the car.

Shortly before the incident, the 20-year-old Russian was involved in a close battle with the No. 3 Rebellion Racing R13 Gibson of Thomas Laurent for the final podium position.

Isaakyan was forced to slow up behind a GTE-Pro running through the same high-speed section of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, enabling Laurent to slingshot around the pair.

The incident has placed the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener under its third safety car period as the race enters its final hour.

The first stoppage was caused by the Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR which went off on the opening lap, while the second occurred at the start of hour two when Harry Tincknell lost control of the No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT at Eau Rouge.

With the field behind the safety car, race leader Fernando Alonso has had his No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid’s advantage cut to 20 seconds from the sister Toyota of Mike Conway.

Laurent will start the final hour in third for Rebellion, while Isaakyan’s incident promotes the second R13 into fourth, and the No. 4 ByKolles Racing ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO into the top five.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.



  1. Jo

    May 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    What a shame. Second BR1 crashed this weekend. It was a nice battle between SMP and Rebellion before hand.

  2. Larry

    May 5, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Race-ending accident?

    Maybe for that car, but the race is still ongoing.

    I am watching long after than incident.

    • Joey

      May 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      “race-ending accident for No. 17 SMP Racing BR1”

    • wtf

      May 5, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Larry are you simple?

    • DanO

      May 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Indeed. Typical low standard sportscar365 click-bait journalism, as we’ve all become used to.

      • It's common sense

        May 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

        No, that would be correct, the race ended for the referenced car. It’s not even high school level grammar people.

        Sadly hating Dagys but not understanding YOU HAVE FUCKING CLICKED ON IT, he’s getting your ad revenue. Stop clicking if you hate him

        • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

          May 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

          I can be critical of Johns work at times when I think he deserves it but I try and be fair. I gotta give him a pass here

  3. Hans-Peter Jansen

    May 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

    That was a very heavy departure! The vehicle rose very high and rolled over the longitudinal axis in the air. The driver had 1000 guardian angels.

    • Diogo

      May 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      I saw that in person. Amazed that there is no footage of the incident.

      • Dominic

        May 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm

        So what happened then?

  4. Thomas Roth

    May 8, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    The #17 crossed the timing line one second ahead of the #7 Toyota before the accident. By Raidillon, the Toyota was closely ahead of the SMP and the #17 ran wide across the white line/kerb on the crest. 1999 again…

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