Racing driver Alex Areia crashes his Porsche into the STANDS at high speed during practice for a race in Portugal after losing control of a tight corner…
- Alex Areia has been in a dramatic crash ahead of the Porsche Sprint Challenge
- The driver lost control of his Porsche 911 GT3 and collided with it in the grandstand
- Areia walked away from the crash and no one was injured in the accident
Alex Areia was involved in a dramatic accident on Friday in which his car ended up in the stands.
While practicing for this weekend’s Porsche Sprint Challenge in the World Endurance Championship, the driver lost control of his car in a tight corner, sending his car off the road.
It then traveled through the gravel trap and tire wall, smashing a fence before bouncing into the stands.
Fortunately, Areia was able to walk away from the incident and no one was hurt, although the car was written off and had to be hoisted by crane.
If the crash had happened during a competitive race rather than practice, the outcome could have been very different.
Alex Areia was involved in a dramatic crash on Friday in which his Porsche 911 GT3 ended up in the stands
The incident was caught on video by some fans sitting in the grandstand, who missed the car leaving the track, but captured a mangled fence and cloud of dust before it appeared to be stationary around the fourth row of the grandstand.
An onlooker is heard saying ‘Oh my God’ at the mutilated wreckage of a 911 GT3 Cup car.
Areia explained what happened after the accident as he tweeted, “It was very angry.
The driver escaped the collision unharmed and later tweeted that he ‘became a passenger’ after losing control of the wheel
“At the end of the straight my brakes failed, I practically became a passenger.”
“Luckily no one was in that part of the bank and thanks to the safety level of that car I got out of the accident unharmed.”
The crash took place at the Autodrome do Algarve, where Grand Prix was held in 2020 and 2021.
Lewis Hamilton won both, on a track that can hold up to 100,000 and saw 27,000 in attendance for the 2020 F1 race.