Watch: Grand Prix driver wins race sliding on his roof

Imagine winning a car race - upside down.

That's exactly what happened to FIA GT World Cup Audi R8 LMS racer Laurens Vanthoor who clipped the inside curb at Macau's Mandarin Bend at 250 kph and ended up on his back as he slid across the finish line.

Not the physical finish line maybe, but one that won him the race nevertheless.

When Vanthoor's Audi flipped over and started sliding on its roof, it immediately triggered a red flag to stop the race.

The race was not restarted, as it had already been delayed due to a prior crash, according to Motorsport.com.

As seen in the footage, Kiwi driver Earl Bamber and his Porsche 911 passed Vanthoor as he slid across the asphalt. However, they opted to declare the winner based on the results of the previous lap, where Vanthoor was ahead.

"Physically I am okay. It is fine. It is just one of the nastiest corners to do a crash," Vanthoor told motorsport.com

"To do half the straight upside down and see the other cars coming is something not really describable.

It was a scary memory in my mind. But besides that physically I am okay."

Given the circumstances surrounding his controversial win, Vanthoor couldn't accept it fully, saying he had mixed feelings about it.

"I don't really know if I deserved it in a way, as I crashed and made a mistake and I am still a winner - which is very awkward. But I don't really know what to say.

"It would have been a better show for everybody without the crash and a better victory, but I don't know what to think about it."

Understandably, Porsche was not happy about the race result.

There statement read:

"When the race for the FIA GT World Cup in Macau was stopped and not restarted, the New Zealander Earl Bamber was in the lead at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R. However, the stewards of the meeting awarded the prestigious win on the legendary city circuit in the former Portuguese colony to Belgium's Laurens Vanthoor - the very driver who had just been overtaken by the Porsche in a sensational manoeuvre, and had caused the race to be called off after his serious accident."

The Kiwi driver had actually been assessed a five-second penalty from the start of the race where he squeezed another car into the wall.

For that, he was classified as finishing fourth.

The Macau Grand Prix is known for its insanely narrow and fast street course, often causing pile-ups with the most mundane crashes or breakdowns.

In fact, one car can almost clog up the full width of the track, but that still doesn't stop drivers going 250 kph and bouncing off the walls.

- NZ Herald

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