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Featured Blancpain GT: Vanthoor Injured in Heavy Crash

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Chris Stacey, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    Laurens Vanthoor had his qualifying race in the Blancpain GT Sprint series brought to an early end in what was an hefty accident, and one in which he was lucky to walk away from.


    The Belgian driver of the #1 WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra started the race from the pitlane of the Misano Circuit after an engine change. This meant that he would have to do some overtaking if he wanted a decent starting position for this evenings main race.

    The incident occurred with 48 minutes remaining when Vanthoor got a vastly superior exit out of turn 6 compared to the #83 Bentley Continental GT3 ahead of him driven by Jules Szymkowiak. The poor exit by the Bentley allowed Vanthoor to get alongside and even mostly ahead of Szymkowiak, when suddenly the pair came together, sending Vanthoor off into the barriers in what was an incredibly heavy impact.

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    Vanthoor exits his car limping, while aided by the marshals.

    Vanthoor was able to exit his vehicle, however he looked to be unable to place any weight on his left leg indicating he had inured it. Whether Vanthoor will be cleared as medically fit for this evenings main race is yet to be determined.
     
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  2. Bernd Graf

    Bernd Graf
    Premium Member

    OMG not Laurens!!!! Prayers!
     
  3. Tume

    Tume
    The unlucky Finn

    Damn. Speedy recovery, Laurens...

    Also, what's the name of the second commentator? I take it he's the same one I've heard in classic F1 clips..
     
  4. John Watson I think
     
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  5. Tume

    Tume
    The unlucky Finn

    That's it! Thanks. :)
     
  6. Cristian Haba

    Cristian Haba
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    WHen is the actual race, and does anyone have a stream link to it? @Chris Stacey
     
  7. It's over already, you gotta watch the replay
     
  8. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    Actually sorry it's just finished
     
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  10. Nox

    Nox
    Staff Premium Member

    After watching it several times, I know he got squeezed but there was enough room, on board shows Vanthoor move over to the right, and he was deemed at fault by the stewards too. I think he just thought the Bentley would move over. Huge hit, glad he's okay (relatively speaking). Not the first huge accident in Blancpain in the last couple of years. This was also huge:

     
  11. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen
    I am the Pastor Maldonado of RaceDepartment.

  12. Hope he recovers fast Laurens is a great driver. I will be at zandvoort this weekend to watch the blancpain series race. Anyone knows if they got a replacement driver or is Robin Frijns going to drive the car on his own ?
     
  13. It's not even certain yet if they will start. The whole car including the tub was a write-off and since Audi is launching mass production of the next gen R8 GT3 they probably don't have any old tubs lying around
     
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  14. thanks would be a bummer if Robin isnt racing this weekend but will see