Multiple large shunts early on in 24 Hours of Spa (Video)

The 2014 running of the 24 Hours of Spa, a 61-car endurance race contested on the famed Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, has got off to a very ugly start.

Firstly was the No. 100 Ferrari 458, driven by Simon Knap, crashing at the top of Eau Rouge. Knap was fortunate not to get collected by other cars as a while passed before the safety car was deployed.

A second safety car period followed when Tim Mullen crashed his McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at Blanchimont. The driver has been taken to the medical center but is reportedly conscious.

No more than 40 minutes had passed before the infamous Eau Rouge complex claimed its second victim of the day as Karim A Ojjeh lost control of his No. 15 McLaren 12C GT3, bringing out the third back-to-back safety car period of the race.

Another restart soon followed, and Eau Rouge brought to the end the race of several more cars as a massive pile-up struck in the middle of the field. A replay of the accident is shown 40 seconds into the following video.

The race has been red flagged for an extended period soon after following a major crash which involved two Ferraris. The red flag was deployed to allow the driver of the No. 111 Ferrari, Marcus Mahy, to be airlifted. The driver was stabilized and taken to a local hospital.