Major Crash Involving Cadillac Sets Up WEC 6 Hours of Spa for Sprint Finish

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Major Cadillac Crash Leads to Red Flag at SpaFIA World Endurance Championship / YouTube

With one hour and 47 minutes remaining in the 6 Hours of Spa, No. 2 Cadillac, piloted by Earl Bamber, went flying after colliding with the No. 31 WRT BMW of Sean Gelael.

Bamber was trying to move past the LMGT3 car to set himself up to pass the No. 99 Proton Porsche, currently being driven by Neel Jani, when he misjudged the space in front of him and contact between the Hypercar and the LMGT3 BMW sent Bamber through the air. The Cadillac bounced off the fence before returning to the racing surface collecting Gelael.

Bamber was utilizing the slipstream off of the No. 99 before moving out and into the racing line of Gelael. When Bamber returned to the racing surface, he collected Gelael, tearing apart both vehicles and leaving twisted metal and further debris across the straightaway.


Both drivers are reported okay at the time of the red flag.

"I think it could've been a lot worse," Galael told Eurosport, "I think I'm quite lucky. I don't think I need to say anything, I think you guys saw. I was just in the middle and the two guys were fighting in front and they misjudged. Sometimes a misjudgement can led to bigger things."

This was the second big crash in the Hypercar class, around the two hour mark the No. 5 Penske Porsche was sent flying after being hitting and riding the curb.

The extended red flag and cleanup looks will set up the race for a sprint to the finish as the clock continues to click down closer to an hour mark and drivers are still out of their vehicles.

This is the second year in a a row where the Cadillac team has suffered from a massive crash at Spa, each time pushing the team further away from a steller Le Mans performance

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