Ocean investigating cause of Melker crash
3 September 2012 – Ocean Racing Technology continues to look into what caused Nigel Melker’s heavy accident in the early stages of Saturday’s GP2 at Spa. Red flags came out when the Dutchman lost control at the top of Eau Rouge, embedding his car into the tyre wall.
The crash resulted in, not only a stoppage, but a significant delay which took the overall finishing time up to almost two hours. The car was a right-off, meaning Melker couldn’t race on Sunday even though he was fit enough following checks in hospital, which revealed that he had escaped with little more than minor injuries to his hands and ribs.
The following GP3 race became the shortest ever, lasting for less than nine minutes when another Ocean car – of Robert Cregan – also flew into a tyre barrier. After the impact at Pouhon, the Irishman escaped but was forced to miss his second race too.