The Dubai 24-hour race has been rocked by a disturbing incident that saw a mechanic shove a rival mechanic into a moving car.
The ugly moment occurred just a few hours into the race during a chaotic series of pit stops.
One of the mechanics for the No.989 MRS GT-Racing team was trying to wave their Porsche 991 back into pit lane after a stop, but got in the way of one of the pit crew of the No.77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan.
With minimal space in the pit boxes, the Barwell Motorsport mechanic pushed his rival out of the way, inadvertently sending him falling onto the back of the Porsche.
The MRS mechanic crashed scarily into the rear spoiler of the Porsche as it went past, ending up sprawled on the ground in the pit box.
The MRS mechanic reportedly escaped serious injury but was badly shaken by the incident.
Race officials handed Barwell Motorsport a four-minute time penalty for the mechanic’s actions, but fans were gobsmacked it wasn’t more severe.
Absolutely disgusting. Should be banned from taking part in any official race meeting for life.— CuDdS (@AndrewCuddeford) January 11, 2020
Wtf is wrong with people— Senne (@fusionsniping4) January 11, 2020
Black flag for the team and Disqualified.— kevinAMR03 (@kevingeerling) January 10, 2020
Torrential rain sees race abandoned
The race was eventually red-flagged after seven hours and 17 minutes because of torrential rain.
“The weather conditions have heavily impacted the entire city and the infrastructures of Dubai Autodrome,” officials said.
“Despite the best effort of Dubai Autodrome staff and officials to resolve the situation on track, the water level on track and in the pit lane continued to rise throughout the night.
“In mutual agreement, Creventic and Dubai Autodrome have decided not to resume the race on grounds of safety.”
The No.4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG of Ben Barker, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Manuel Metzger, Hubert Haupt and Khaled Al Qubaisi were crowned provisional winners.