Multiple Middle Eastern Rally Champion Mohammed Ben Sulayem brought his involvement in Renault's Formula 1 roadshow in Dubai to an early end on Thursday, when he smashed up an R28 in a sizeable accident.
Ben Sulayem was taking part in a drag race with a Ford GT40 driven by Julien Piguet at the Dubai Autodrome when he lost control of the car.
Having had huge wheelspin off the line, the Renault suddenly snapped right into the pitwall, nearly collecting the Ford GT, before skidding to a halt down the track. The car suffered heavy front end damage, as well as the left rear wheel getting ripped from the car.
Ben Sulayem remained in the cockpit for several minutes after the accident, as marshals attended to him, before getting helped out.
Renault has been conducting a week of activities in Dubai and it is not clear if the accident suffered today will force it to bring the Roadshow to an early close. The team does have two cars present in Dubai, but one of them has already been out of action with an hydraulic problem.