Following heavy accidents in qualifying and night qualifying for the 2017 Total 24 hours of Spa, both Goodsmile Racing & Team UKYO and Motul Team RJN Motorsport have been forced to change chassis ahead of Saturdays race.
In the closing stages of qualifying Kamui Kobayashi was heading up Raidillon in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 when he lost control, pitching the car in to a spin on the crest of the hill before violently hitting the barriers backwards.
Thankfully Kobayashi was uninjured in the accident and the team set about assessing the damaged car.
Early in to the night-qualifying session the #22 Motul Team RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 was being driven by British driver Matthew Parry. Heading through the quick Eau Rouge/Raidillon left/right switch a puncture turned the Nissan in to an unguided missle, sending the car head-on in to the barriers, echoing a similar accident of Alex Buncombe from three years ago.
Once again the modern safety devices and standards stood up to the test and Parry walked away uninjured.
Following assessment of the damage caused, both teams have taken the decision to swap chassis and engines so they can start the race.
As a result of the change, both cars will start from the pitlane and both will be forced to take a stop & go penalty of 120 seconds.
Car #22 has also been authorised to complete an installation lap following the end of the Blancpain GT Sports Club qualifying today.