Yet as the 10th lap of the race drew to a close, Chandok put his foot on the throttle before the rear of the car burst into flames.
The Indian driver quickly turned his car off track, onto the grass, before rapidly leaving the vehicle.
Chandok later revealed on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he was “lucky to get away with that with nothing more than a melted boot”, posted with a photo of his footwear.
“Coming out of Lavant to the straight – I was in second and cruising – I heard a bang and the back wheels locked up,” Chandok said, reflecting on the incident a day later.
“As I turned I saw flames, so I got right off the tracks safely to minimise oil going down and get out of the way.
Lucky to get away with that with nothing more than a melted boot…. Something went bang and seized up the back wheels and sent me spinning.
Such a shame to end a race in my dream GT car like that but happy to get out ok! https://t.co/uZXnn1737U pic.twitter.com/E5NkaODAe3
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) September 9, 2023
“Obviously I was shaken but the marshals, the owner, were all great.
“The owner’s absolute first priority was that I was okay. He was extremely understanding.”
There is not yet any clear explanation as to why the engine blew up in the dramatic manner it did.