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Six Hours of Shanghai kicks off with LMP2/GTE accident

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Six Hours of Shanghai kicks off with LMP2/GTE accident
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Nov 2, 2014, 3:26 AM

Both drivers walked away from the collision unscathed.

#47 KCMG Oreca 03R - Nissan: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Alexandre Imperatori
#47 KCMG Oreca 03R - Nissan: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Alexandre Imperatori
#8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS040-Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi
#71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia: Davide Rigon, James Calado
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia: Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander

The Six Hours of Shanghai kicked off in a spectacular way, and we aren't using spectacular in a positive way here. The No. 47 KCMG LMP2 entry had started the event in second position, but their race is already over.

The KCMG car, driven by Alex Imperatori, abruptly lost power and cars scrambled in avoidance. The No. 51 GTE-Pro Ferrari 458 of Gianmaria Bruni could not evade in time however, making significant impact with the rear of the LMP2, completely tearing the bodywork from the back-half of the machine, creating a debris field that forced a somewhat lengthy SC.

Both drivers were okay and the Safety Car was immediately deployed, which is a first for this race in Shanghai. The race resumed after 22 minutes with the No. 14 Porsche out front. The following are two still shots of the accident, taken from Twitter. 

Aftermath of the crash

Initial impact

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Series WEC
Event Shanghai
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Drivers Alexandre Imperatori , Gianmaria Bruni
Teams KCMG
Author Nick DeGroot