One spectator has died and others have been injured after a car being driven by Jann Mardenborough crashed in a VLN endurance race at the Nordschleife.

The British driver, who won the GT Academy and has competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the GP3 Series, was involved in an accident at the Flugplatz portion of the track that would result in his Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 vaulting the debris fence into the spectator area.

A statement from the VLN confirmed the incident has resulted in a fatality.

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"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 centre at the circuit," the statement read.

"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."

Nissan confirmed Mardenborough has been taken to hospital for additional checks and has expressed its sorrow at the fatal consequences.

"During today's 'VLN 1' race at the N?rburgring Nordschleife, a serious incident occurred involving the No.23 Nissan.

"The driver, Jann Mardenborough got out of the car and, after initial checks in the circuit Medical Centre, has been taken to hospital for further routine checks.

"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 is fully co-operating with the race organisers to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into this incident."

Crash.net would like to express its sincerest condolences to those affected.