1000 KM of Spa: Crashes halt second practice
The second free practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit was cut short this afternoon by two red flags. The first red flag was shown after Jean-Christophe Boullion crashed his Lola B10/60 Coupé Toyota in the Raidillon and shortly after the green flag had been shown the nº9 Peugeot 908 of Pedro Lamy and the nº36 HPD ARX-01d of Mike Newton crashed heavily in the ‘Pif Paf’.
It was clear that an accident was bound to happen as there were at least four yellow flag situations in the first fifteen minutes of the messy session. Allan McNish was quickest after fifteen minutes with his team mate Andre Lotterer just behind him. Shortly afterwards Lotterer improved and posted a 2:03.124 to take first, while teammate Timo Bernhard put his Audi R18 TDI into third place.
But then the Rebellion Racing Lola went off at the Raidillon, causing a red flag. Boullion was unharmed and after the damaged car was removed from the track the session was restarted at 17:32. Minutes after it was restarted the Peugeot and RML HPD came together and slammed into the wall at high speed. The red flag was shown again and it was decided that the session would not be restarted.
Rescue teams scrambled to the accident and started to work on the drivers and the cars. Pedro Lamy was uninjured and returned to his team quickly afterwards. Mike Newton was removed from the car and brought to the medical centre at the circuit for checks. He was then transferred to hospital in Verviers, but there were no worries for his health either.
Rebellion Racing and Peugeot Sport Total will now work on their cars to get them ready in time for practice tomorrow morning. RML will not return to the track this weekend, their car beyond immediate repair.