If you’re an avid motorsports enthusiast, this incident would strike you as a bit of a deja vu. Remember the huge and expensive pile up of GT cars in Macau last year?

Well, motorsports history has repeated itself and this time during the season opener of the World Touring Car championship at the Vila Real circuit in Portugal.

It took just five turns before unfathomable drama unfolded – when teammates Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani of Team Sebastien Loeb Racing jostled for the race lead in their 350 hp and 420 Nm Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car.

Miraculously, a Hyundai i30N in sixth place managed to escape the carnage, although by a whisker, and went on to win the race as it restarted after a lengthy two hour delay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or_wda2F0iQ

Volkswagen premiered the Golf GTI TCR concept recently at the 2018 Wörthersee GTI Festival, a road-going version of the World Touring Car series race car with 290 hp and 370 Nm of torque.