An accident involving Jann Mardenborough's Nissan in the VLN Endurance race
on the Nurburgring Nordschleife has resulted in at least one fatality among
spectators. Several others have been injured.
A video of the crash shows the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 flying through the air into the fence at the Flugplatz corner.
"The opening round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring was marred by an accident on Saturday which injured several spectators. One of the spectators died, despite the immediate actions of the rescue crew in the medical center at the circuit. The other injured spectators have been taken to hospital for ongoing medical care. The race was stopped to give emergency crew quick access to the circuit, and wasn't restarted. The accident occurred in the Flugplatz part of the circuit, with a competitor leaving the circuit for a yet unspecified reason and finishing up behind the safety fencing. The VLN and the organisers are deeply saddened by the accident, and their thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims," VLN said in an official statement.
The driver got out of the car without assistance and was taken to hospital for "further routine checks".
The Nissan statement added: "Today's events have been a tragedy. We are all deeply shocked and saddened by these events and our immediate thoughts go to the deceased, those injured and their families and friends."
The team has entered the GT-R NISMO GT3 into the event as a preparation for this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours.