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.