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24 Hours of Le Mans 2014: Horrible Crash Loic Duval Audi #1

Discussion in 'World Endurance Championship' started by Bram, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Horrific scenes at the Circuit de la Sarthe today when the number 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Loic Duval crashed at high speed at the Porsche Curves during the practice session for the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    The driver was taken into the care of the ACO's Medical Services who were immediately on the scene, extracted from the car to an ambulance and then immediately transported to the Le Mans Centre Hospitalier where he will undergo further examination.

    His condition is reported as encouraging.

    Update: Audi Motorsport Press Release

    Numerous incidents and red flags marked the first qualifying day for the Le Mans 24 Hours. After a shortened first qualifying session, Audi Sport Team Joest temporarily maintains grid positions five and six. The third Audi R18 e-tron quattro, following an accident in free practice, was not able to participate in the first qualifying session.

    Last year’s winner Loïc Duval lost control of his Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the Porsche Corners at over 270 km/h and hit the track barrier at high speed. Except for abrasions, the Audi driver was not injured.

    “The accident looked horrible,” said Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. “It speaks for the safety concept of the Audi R18 and the Le Mans prototypes that Loïc survived the enormous crash nearly uninjured. We’re relieved to see that he’s well, considering the circumstances.”

    On Wednesday night, Audi Sport Team Joest began preparing a new car in the team garage so it is ready for the second qualifying session at Le Mans on Thursday. Instead of Loïc Duval, who stayed in the hospital overnight under observation, Marc Gené will be starting for Audi. The Spaniard has been part of the Audi Le Mans squad since 2011, completed several track tests with the current Audi R18 e-tron quattro and was originally planned to run in the Le Mans 24 Hours in an LMP2 sports car of the JOTA team.

    The drivers of car number ‘1’ still have to do their mandatory laps at night on Thursday in order to qualify for the race. The same is true for many other drivers, as the first qualifying session was stopped early after accidents and only 50 minutes of the originally planned two hours were available.

    “That’s why the lap times we saw tonight are not very conclusive,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Marcel (Fässler) set a time in free practice that was two seconds below his qualifying time. Our cars aren’t optimally gripping to the track yet and have more potential than we were able to show today due to the special circumstances. The starting order will no doubt change again tomorrow. But the most important thing for the time being is that Loïc (Duval) is more or less well and can celebrate his 32nd birthday on Thursday.”


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  2. It looks just horrific. Really hope he's in good health. Does anyone know if it was a driver error, mechanical failure or maybe even contact with another car?
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  3. Oh boy... What a horrible crash. I hope that Loic Duval was not seriously injured.
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  4. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Lots of speculations on the web. Ill update the first post when I receive the Audi Motorsport press release.
  5. they said he's
  6. Nox

    Staff Premium Member

    That looks horrific. I hope he's okay, looking forward to more concrete news. I just read "The cause of Duval's accident remains unknown, but the car became airborne in the Porsche Curves and hit the debris fencing roof first." Really really scary.
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  7. Franklin Stegink

    Franklin Stegink
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    Oef that was a big one.

    I hope everything is oke.
  8. Roy Magnes

    Roy Magnes
    Gentleman Driver Staff

    Rdio LeMans is reporting that Duval has survived the crash without any broken bones or any serious injury. The most severe looking accidents are usually those that has the most positive outcome in this kind of events, thankfully :)
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  9. Reports say hes got a cut on his neck and a flesh wound on his leg but no broken bones. Unfortunately his LeMans weekend is over but a lucky guy anyway,
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  10. Stefan Woudenberg

    Stefan Woudenberg
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    I really hope he's okay! That really looks terrible! :(
  11. Robert vd Heide

    Robert vd Heide
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    !!! Same corner as where Allan Simonsen lost his life last year
    tetre rouge ?
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  12. Nox

    Staff Premium Member

    No, this happened at the Porsche curves, much further around the track[​IMG]
  13. Oh man! Glad he's ok.
  14. Robert vd Heide

    Robert vd Heide
    Piloting RC Helicopters and sim Racecars

    OK thanks

    looks like its not his first biggie give me that guys guardian angel
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  15. Wow, to come out of that with a few cuts is 1 lucky guy
  16. it's amazing anyone came out of that wreck alive, let alone "encouraging", nothing broken, and no serious injury.

    nothing left but a heap of twisted metal! :confused:
  17. JeffL

    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good. Premium Member

    Man, those frames are amazing. Years ago he would have been a goner.
  18. Leemstradamus

    Mid pack attack!

    Looks terrible. But from the little footage it looked like the cockpit was still intact. I love today's safety standards!
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  19. So glad he is okay! When I saw this article, I feared the worst. Usually most weekends of racing, I hope for excitement. Considering this and the untimely loss of Simonsen last year, all I hope for is a safe race with zero injuries.
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  20. Rupe Wilson

    Rupe Wilson
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    Loic Duval will be racing tomorrow in the Audi :)

    Well Audi thought he would or announced it late last night
    but it looks like the doctors think otherwise...
    safety first
    and who can blame them..:)
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