Factory Corvette driver Kelly Collins has crashed out of the pre-race warm-up for this evening's Grand Prix Americas ALMS event, halving the GM assault on the Miami street race.

Collins suffered a heavy impact at the end of the morning warm-up session, hitting the wall in turn twelve shortly after the American had taken over from Oliver Gavin. Because of heavy damage suffered in the accident, the #4 Chevrolet Corvette was withdrawn from the race, which it had been due to start from second in the GTS class.

Gavin had earlier set the fastest GTS class time in the warm-up, turning a lap of 51.692secs prior to the driver change halfway through the 30-minute session. Collins then made contact with the turn twelve wall and came to rest with the left side of the car against the concrete. Although he was moving around inside the car, the driver had to exit from the right-hand side, before being taken to the medical centre for checks.

"We had been bottoming out on that bump all weekend, so I was trying to find a different line on it and squared up to it," Collins explained later, "When I came down, I
brushed the right side of the car on the wall. It must have spun me and then I hit hard on the front left."

Collins was examined and released from the track medical facility without injury.

"The team installed a composite crash box earlier this season in the roll bars on the left-side door and I can attribute that to why I'm in good shape now," he said.

 

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