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Russian GP3 driver survives an insane, backwards barrel roll at Spa (VIDEO)

Aug 22, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

This morning’s GP3 Series free practice from Spa, which was rain-affected, featured one of the year’s wilder accidents as Russian rookie Konsantin Tereschenko went for a backwards barrel roll after hitting curbing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps’ Bus Stop chicane.

You can see in the above video that Tereschenko, a 20-year-old driving for the Trident team and in his first ever practice session, was already backwards on entry. But upon hitting the curbing, the car was launched airborne into a barrel roll before contacting the wall.

Tereschenko climbed out under his own power, and in mere moments before the rear of his car lit up from an apparent fire.

He’d completed 11 laps in the session (results linked here).

Twitter users Sergio Martinez (@123pnz) and Sam Piroton (@sam_piroton) recapped the screen caps on Twitter.

  1. testover6370 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    And right on cue, man with a fire extinguisher discharging the bottle while still 20 yards too faraway.

  2. testover6370 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    And did anyone else hear Ricky Bobby saying “Yup, I’m flying through the air, this is not good.”?

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