Belgian pilot Laurens Vanthoor suffered a terrible accident during the Macau Grand Prix in China. However, he won the FIA GT World Cup race.
Vanthoor led the field away for the first of 18 scheduled laps at the street circuit. But, the race soon turned into a timed event after a red flag period.
Having cut off another driver at the start, Earl Bamber was informed that he had received a five-second penalty. Knowing he had to act fast when the race restarted, Bamber took the lead from Vanthoor, right before disaster struck.
Vanthoor clipped the inside curb, kicking him out into the outside wall, which knocked the rear wing off his Audi, causing it to flip. This incident brought out the red flags which ultimately ended up finishing the race. The results were made official at the completion of Lap 4, at which point Vanthoor was still leading. Bamber’s five-second penalty resulted in him finishing fourth.
“I wish I could have been more happy, It’s a strange way to win such a big race,” admitted Vanthoor. “I’ve wanted to win this one really bad and I’ve done it but it’s not a good way. I would have preferred to have crossed the finish line and won it. At least we’ve shown all weekend that we were strong and that we were in the fight for the win, at least that shows that we kind of deserved it.”