Red! WEC race in Spa interrupted after serious accident

A serious accident caused the WEC race in Spa-Francorchamps to be canceled temporarily. Cadillac driver gives all-clear after crash.

Robert Seiwert

Robert Seiwert

Head of Motorsport Department

Robert was already writing for sports specialist media before his MSM days. Since 2011, he has been reporting on DTM, Daytona, Le Mans and Co. directly from the race track.MORE

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The #2 Cadillac has a serious accident at the WEC race in Belgium, Photo: LAT Images

The 6 hour race WEC in Spa-Francorchamps had to be interrupted with red flags almost two hours before the end of the race. The trigger was a serious accident between Earl Bamber in the #2 Cadillac V-Series.R (Bamber, Lynn) and the #31 BMW M4 GT3 driven by Sean Gelael (Leung, Gelael, Farfus).

The serious crash occurred at high speed on the infamous Kemmel Straight. Cadillac driver Bamber was chasing Neel Jani’s #99 Proton Porsche in the slipstream and suddenly collided with the WRT BMW on the right side of the track. The US LMDh car was badly damaged by the impact, lifted off briefly and spun several times on the track. The local hero WRT’s BMW also called it a day early.

Earl Bamber gives the all-clear after a serious accident

Bamber gave the all-clear and quickly radioed the team that he was okay. The New Zealander and the other party in the accident, Gelael, were checked out in the medical center at the racetrack. The race management decided to stop the race with red flags in order to clean the track and check it for the necessary safety. The race time continued to run while the remaining cars lined up on the start/finish straight.

Bitter for Vincent Vosse’s WRT team: The Belgian BMW works team had previously had the sister M4 GT3 with starting number #46 (Ahmad Al-Harthy, Valentino Rossi, Maxime Martin) as a result of a triple collision with the #20 BMW-LMDh and lost to the #38 Jota-Porsche.

Ferrari double lead in Spa-Francorchamps

At the time the race was stopped after 96 laps, the two factory Ferraris with starting numbers #51 (Pier Guidi, Giovinazzi, Calado) and #50 (Fuoco, Molina, Nielsen – Started from P19 after qualifying disqualification) in the lead. Behind it was the #99 Jota-Porsche in third place, followed by the third Ferrari on the grid, the private #83 499P (Kubica, Shwartzman, Ye). The two Toyota GR010 Hybrids finished fifth and sixth.

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