The opening World Touring Car Cup race in Vila Real has been suspended after a huge crash on the opening lap involving polesitter Rob Huff and team-mate Mehdi Bennani.
From the second, Bennani got a better getaway than polesitter Huff and the two ran side by side through the first sequence of corners.
Huff appeared to have got his Volkswagen Golf GTi ahead approaching the first big breaking point, but as the pair went through the Turn 3 right-hander the right-front corner of Bennani’s car touched the left-rear of Huff’s, turning Huff sideways at high speed.
As the pair hit the outside barrier, Huff’s car was spat back out and into the path of Norbert Michelisz, with Bennani’s VW landing on the bonnet of Huff’s and then blocking the road. That caused a chain reaction behind, with a fire briefly breaking out at the front of The Bjork’s YMR Hyundai i30 N.
Bjork was able to step from his car and later signaled to fans as he walked back towards the grid.
The race was immediately suspended as a result and emergency and recovery vehicles have started to attend the scene.
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