Mijo Tejedor: Belgian investigation launched into crash at Spa-Francorchamps

Mijo Tejedor died at the back of the field on the final lap of the first race of the Belgian GP on 1 September 2015

Belgian officials have launched an investigation into the “death of Karting world championship driver Mijo Tejedor.”

Tejedor died when his car crashed into a kerb at Spa-Francorchamps, on the first lap of the Belgian GP, on 1 September 2015.

He had come from last to fourth on the grid for the “Toro Rosso Class”, a race-within-a-race.

But the karting federation has now said he would not have been allowed to continue without assistance.

It is believed Tejedor suffered a cardiac arrest after becoming stuck on the kerb, although an initial post-mortem suggested he had no drugs or alcohol in his body.

Tributes poured in from around the world for Tejedor after the crash, which came after he had been forced to take a penalty for failing to line up.

Tejedor was nominated for motorsport’s highest individual honour, the “Carte Blanche”, during the race, for which the FIA usually opens voting to the public via a choice vote.

An independent inquiry into the incident revealed the FIA should have cancelled the race because of Tejedor’s crash into the kerb

The probe, which was conducted by Belgian national anti-corruption prosecutors, was criticised as not being robust enough.

However, the secretary general of the FIA, Jean Todt, subsequently said the organisation should have stepped in if Tejedor did not have enough support to continue.

Tejedor’s girlfriend said her family was left unable to come to terms with the death in June, despite the findings of the investigation.

Frenchman Olivier Pla was in pole position on race day, when Tejedor crashed after suffering an accident at the hairpin at the start of the circuit.

The event featured three highly anticipated races and was shown live on Eurosport in more than 100 countries

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