A hail storm of biblical proportions shut down this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race just three laps in causing spins, crashes and chaos. Those of us watching live didn’t really get a good idea of just how wild the storm was until now.

This video comes from spectators overlooking a corner on what seems to be a beautiful day for the race, when suddenly all hail breaks loose and the mayhem begins with giant chunks of ice raining down from the sky for almost seven minutes.

Not only is it bad for the racers on the track, but judging by the damage being done to the trees in the video I’m sure the spectators were more than uncomfortable.

Luckily the craziness cleared quickly enough and we ended up getting a N24 finish as exciting as they come.

Via Bridge To Gantry