Daly Unhurt after Huge Crash in Monaco
American Conor Daly escaped injury today after one of the most spectacular accidents ever on the streets of Monte Carlo. Daly was attempting to pass Russian Dimitri Suranovich who was driving erratically without a rear wing. The accident happened at the fastest part of the circuit as the cars exited the tunnel and braked for the Nouvelle chicane. The GP3 series called the accident "shocking" as they immediately deployed the safety car and then red flagged the race.
Daly who started the race from the 23rd grid slot, after a jump-start penalty in Friday's race, had moved up to 12th place when the accident occurred. He tried to pass Suranovich on multiple occasions on the tight streets of the principality but Suranovich, who had lost his rear wing in a separate accident, ignored the move over and mechanical damage flags, blocked Daly's every move and eventually pulled in front of the passing Daly causing him to vault over the top of the Russian's rear wheel.
Daly's car immediately took off and flew through the air at more than 100 MPH before tearing sideways through the safety catch fencing. The car began to disintegrate as it landed back on the ground and the race was red flagged immediately as there was irreparable damage done to the safety catch fencing.
"That was the biggest crash I've ever had. Thank you GP3 for a safe car. I could hardly believe that he was weaving that much with no rear wing. My car was mega, I hate when people do such stupid stuff" said Daly.
Suranovich was excluded from the race results for his actions but this is of little consolation to Daly who will have to build virtually a brand new car for the next rounds of the GP3 series in Valencia, Spain, June 23rd-24th.