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Video Emerges of Isaakyan’s Wild Airborne Crash at Spa

Video footage emerges of Matevos Isaakyan’s wild airborne accident at Spa…

Video footage has emerged of Matevos Isaakyan’s massive crash in last weekend’s Total Six Hours of Spa, confirming the car not only caught air, but completed at least two blackflips, in the Russian’s wild race-ending shunt.

Isaakyan’s No. 17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER ended the race in the barriers at the top of Eau Rouge in Hour 5, after the Dallara-built car caught air while trailing a Toyota TS050 Hybrid up the high-speed corner.

Until now, the cause of the accident had been unknown.

It marked the second major accident at Eau Rouge for the Russian-badged prototype following Pietro Fittipaldi’s accident in qualifying that left the Brazilian with broken legs. 

Fittipaldi’s accident in DragonSpeed’s Gibson-powered BR1, however, appeared to have been triggered by an electrical glitch.

A BR Engineering spokesperson told Sportscar365 earlier this week that it is investigating both accidents.

“We want to double check everything before any conclusions are made,” the spokesperson told Sportscar365. “We will be looking thoroughly together with Dallara into both cases, especially the one of Pietro.”

Despite the recent incidents, it’s understood SMP has continued its pre-Le Mans testing program this week in France.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Louis

    May 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Flash backs to the blow overs from the Porsche, Merc and BMW in consecutive years.

    • J.C.

      May 10, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Most defiantly

  2. Apex

    May 9, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Once again dumb track design paving all run offs and putting kerbs on them. Don’t encourage drivers to keep their foot in and cut corners.

    • TF110

      May 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      He was over the track limits on the entry or beginning of the flight. But he was also behind the Toyota. Did the front get air under it all of a sudden?

    • Matt

      May 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      It’s like the FIA runs an asphalt business on the side.

  3. hmm

    May 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    are they gonna add a couple more fins and holes to all cars and flatten eau rouge?

    glad he was ok

    • Matt

      May 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      For real. Can we please close the fender holes and get rid of the fins that have proven time and time again that they do absolutely nothing? Accidents happen, it’s ok for racing to be dangerous. I’m fine with it as a spectator, and I’d be fine with it as a driver. I’m tired of prototypes looking ugly as hell.

      • David

        May 10, 2018 at 7:36 am

        Seems like FIA/ACO have no clue about aerodynamics.

        Last year the LMP2-Dallara with low-downforce-kit was already not good to drive so teams decided to drive the high-downforce-kit in Le Mans. In free practices at Spa it seems the Dragonspeed had a massive advantage over the SMPs. Imo Dallara overstep the mark again.

        Nevertheless I hope FIA/ACO get rid of the low-downforce-kits generally because they really look ugly, at least they are dangerous because of the lack of pressure at the front.

      • Alex

        May 10, 2018 at 9:47 am

        I assume you have years of experience in CFD then? I trust the educated folks over the commoners. The fin DOES do something; it adds a significant amount of downforce when a car is spinning. Fender holes and fins couldn’t prevent an accident like this, but they DO prevent other kinds.

        • Matt

          May 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm

          There were never major blowovers on the cars without the billboards. Useless safety shift makes these cars less and less appealing.

    • David

      May 10, 2018 at 7:22 am

      I’m afraid of they are going to shrink the width of the cars to 1,70m

      • Matt

        May 11, 2018 at 11:29 pm

        Lol sooner or later they’ll be as wide as pencils.

  4. southcove

    May 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    That was really ugly…could have taken out corner marshalls, etc… glad he was okay. Hope they get this straightened out.

  5. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    May 9, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Actually we dont know the cause of the accident rather we now know the result. Unless I missed it the team is still looking into as to why this happened. Is that accurate?

    • TheScouser

      May 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      I would say so…….its being investigated. So you are rightbwe dont know the root cause.

  6. NaBUru38

    May 9, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    That’s no Red Bull, but it does have wings!

  7. Dave

    May 10, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Did you hear the throttle? Sounded like he was down shifting! I think there are some major issues with this car. Elton must know something that we don’t. The driver was way off the line but the car shouldn’t fly like that. Crazy stuff. Lucky to walk away.

    • Matt

      May 10, 2018 at 1:19 am

      Down shifting? It’s him bouncing off the rev limiter as the wheels freely spin.

  8. paul

    May 10, 2018 at 5:16 am

    So they can still fly, if you treat them wrongly. I would like to know what Isaakyan has to say. He went beyond the cars -and the tracks limits in a big way not long before this accident

    • Tarts Know Better

      May 10, 2018 at 8:48 am

      Spot on…He was out of control just a lap or two earlier in Blanchimont. Regardless of what the article states we dont know what caused this. Was there a problem that was causing the erratic driving or was the driver just severely over driving the limits of the car and the track.

  9. Jonny Austin

    May 10, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Same new car at the same corner…
    Looks like driver error that started the accident but it could be the same power steering problem they talked about with Fittipaldis crash.

    I am not sure that you can stop cars going airborne.Anthony Davidsons Toyota did the same at LeMans & I don’t think anyone wants no kerbs.

  10. Dave

    May 10, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Certainly I couldn’t speculate on the cause based on the footage even if I had an automotive engineering degree , but these new P1s were rushed to market to fill a void. It could be just dumb luck that two of the exact same cars, prepped by different teams, had catastrophic offs at the same point in the same race, but if this was the FAA instead of the FIA, these cars would be grounded pending further investigation. Even the Rebellion guys were talking about how their cars weren’t really set up properly yet. Glad that the outcomes weren’t more serious – bad enough as is.

    • kv

      May 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      THE FIA/ACO HAVE USED AERO as a pawn to attract priveteers into !WEC,and I hope a SAN MARENO TRAGEDY is not the wec legacy is not penalty of poor regulations !

  11. Oh

    May 10, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Luckily they have fins and wheelwell cutouts to avoi

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