Bad Crash at Spa Leaves Ford GT Race Car in Pieces
Driver walks away with only a few bruises
One of the Chip Ganassi Ford GTs racing in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps lost control at the treacherous Raidillon section and careened into a tire wall. The high-speed impact took out most of the number-66 GT's front end, but the driver was able to walk away with only bruises to his leg.
The crash happened just after the fast uphill right-hand corner known as Eau Rouge, the infamous turn Infiniti named its 2014 concept car after. The GT is moving at a good clip when suddenly the rear end breaks loose and the car flies backwards toward the tire wall. The GT almost completes a full rotation, but stops just short when the front end makes contact with the wall. Just before the spin, you can see a piece of the rear break off. The crash occurred after a driver change, with German racer Stefan Mücke just beginning his stint before entering Raidillon. The wreck looks really bad, but shattering to pieces is what a race car is supposed to do in order to dissipate the crash energy. A full-course caution was needed to clean up all the many pieces of sharp carbon fiber debris.
In happier news, the other Ford GT in the race earned the first podium finish for the car and the team, placing second in the GTE class. This is the last World Endurance Championship race before the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, though the U.S.-based GTs will compete in the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in early June.