During the 7th hour of race, around 23h00 in the night of Saturday 21 July 1973, Hans-Peter Joisten's BMW Alpina, current leader, tried to lap two Group 1 Alfa Romeos GTV cars in a line, driven by Claude Ballot-Léna and Roger Dubos, in the large right bend near Burneville. After he had passed Dubos, he suddenly lost control of the car, swerved on the right side crashing into the guard-rail on the slippery Malmédy bend. The car bounced into the middle of the track being hit head-on by Dubos' Alfa Romeo on the driver's door. Race officials confirmed that both men were killed almost instantly. Ballot-Léna who nearly followed his team mate, also crashed against the BMW, ending his veering some 100 meters ahead. He escaped unhurt and immediately ran back to the place of the accident in the attempt of helping his two unfortunate colleagues, also warning the oncoming competitors. The Alfa Romeo works driver "Pooky" in another Alfa Romeo GTV deliberately crashed into the barrier, avoiding the wreckages all around the track, and Huub Vermeulen in a Opel Commodore GS also damaged his car.
European Touring Car Championship
Alfa Romeo GTV Group 1
BMW 3.0 CSL
24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
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