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. 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.