Watch A BMW M4 GT4 Drive Over An Aston Martin Vantage And Keep Going

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This was one wild racing incident.

This past weekend, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race took place as a support spectacle for the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix, and it brought us one of the most spectacular motorsports crashes to date. A Turner Motorsports BMW M4 GT4 came together with a GT4-spec Aston Martin Vantage during this weekend's race, shortly after the BMW M4 had pitted for fuel and a driver switch.

Robert Megennis was at the wheel and immediately started pushing hard to try to make up places. Unfortunately, his eagerness bubbled over a little too much, and at the only hairpin of the circuit, he made contact with the #19 Van Der Steur Racing Vantage GT4 driven by Rory Van Der Steur.

Several angles of the amazing crash can be seen in the video below.

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The M4's front left made contact with the right rear of the Vantage, and the Bimmer's excessive momentum carried it up onto and over the roof of the Aston. The two cars were sliding together for a short period, but when the Vantage finally came to a rest, the M4 shuffled off the vehicle, half landing on a tire barrier before falling off that and driving away.

The way the M4 went over the Aston was somewhat reminiscent of the infamous coming together of Verstappen and Hamilton at the 2021 Monza Grand Prix, but here, the cars appeared to be driveable after the crash. Naturally, there was more damage than these clips reveal.

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According to Autoweek, both cars ultimately had to retire from the race; no surprises there. However, they were able to return to the pits on their own power.

This wasn't the only crash incident of the weekend. Callum Illot's IndyCar campaign came to a premature end after a wreck on the second lap of the race, which appeared to have been caused by poor judgment of the braking zone ahead of the same hairpin where the two GT4 cars came together. F1 hopeful Pato O'Ward and F1 veteran Romain Grosjean also crashed out of the Detroit Grand Prix, which was the first race downtown in 32 years.

By contrast, this weekend's Spanish Formula 1 GP saw almost no incidents at all, and all runners made it to the finish line.

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