Nurburgring race stopped after hard crash

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The wet-race was red-flagged after four laps only, because of an accident in third lap with three cars involved. Gareth Rees' Lola suddenly became slow at the end of start/finish straight and Irishman Dino Morelli drove into the rear, then into...

The wet-race was red-flagged after four laps only, because of an accident in third lap with three cars involved. Gareth Rees' Lola suddenly became slow at the end of start/finish straight and Irishman Dino Morelli drove into the rear, then into the side of the Draco-Lola of Frenchman Cyrille Sauvage. Sauvage's car was torn into two parts. Morelli's Lola then shot into a tyre wall at Castrol-S and was catapulted over the barriers. Sauvage got out unhurt, Rees suffered painful contusions. Morelli was brought to hospital by Helicopter, where doctors diagnosted complicated fractures of his feet and several cuts in his face. His condition is stable.

The race was not restarted, half points were given.

Results:

----------FORMULA 3000 INTERNATIONAL 1997 - Round 4 at Nurburgring------ Pos Driver Team Time ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 Riccardo Zonta/BR Super Nova Racing Ltd (4 laps) 7:57.334 2 Jason Watt/DK Den Bla Avis + 2.188 3 Tom Kristensen/DK Auto Sport Racing 4.872 4 Juan-Pablo Montoya/COL RSM Marko 17.822 5 Max Wilson/BR Edenbridge Racing 19.333 6 Gonzalo Rodriguez/ROU Redman & Bright F3000 20.723 7 Rui Aguas/P Nordic Racing Ltd. 21.663 8 Jamie Davis/GB DAMS 25.363 9 Oliver Tichy/A Pacific Racing Ltd. 27.238 10 Gaston Mazzacane/RA Auto Sport Racing 32.035 11 Emiliano Spataro/I Coloni Motorsport 12 Emanuel Clerico/F Apomatox 13 Patrick Lemarie/F Ravarotto Racing 14 Anthony Beltoise/F Ravarotto Racing 15 Pedro Couceiro/P Draco Engineering 16 Stephen Watson/ZA Durango Formula 17 Gregoire de Galzain/F DAMS 18 Werner Lupberger/ZA Edenbridge Racing 19 Soheil Ayari/F Astromega 20 Jean-Philippe Belloc/F Apomatox

Standings: Pos Driver Pts ------------------------------------ 1 Tom Kristensen 18 2 Juan-Pablo Montoya 11.5 3 Soheil Ayari 11 4 Jamie Davis 8 5 Pedro Couceiro 6 Dino Morelli 6 Oliver Tichy 6 Jason Watt 6 9 Riccardo Zonta 5 * 10 Patrick Lemarie 4 11 Laurent Redon 3 12 Rui Aguas 2 Cyrille Sauvage 2 14 Stephen Watson 1 Max Wilson 1 16 Gonzalo Rodriguez 0.5

* DQ after Silverstone for non installed 1st gear.

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