Campos Racing's Bruno Mendez will not compete in the second Auto GP race at Brno after his car sustained heavy damage during the first race.
Mendez, who qualified ninth after topping the second free practice session, had made a good start and was challenging for fifth place as the field headed into Turn 3.
Having just been passed for fourth by Ombra Racing's Kevin Ceccon - who went on to finish on the podium - Fabio Onidi braked hard into Turn 3 to defend his position, catching an unsighted Mendez off guard. The Spaniard was launched over the back of Onidi's Lazarus car, ending both of their races.
"I made a good start and overtook many cars at the start and into the first corner," a disappointed Mendez told AUTOSPORT. "I arrived just behind Ceccon at the second corner. But with Onidi and [Adrien] Tambay, we had a crash altogether. I don't exactly what happened but that ended our race."
Heavy damage to the cockpit meant the Campos Racing car would not pass scrutineering checks and has been withdrawn for safety reasons.
"There was nothing on the wheels but the cockpit is damaged," said Mendez. "It's impossible to race with that."