1997 - Le Mans - Jean-Marc Gounon gets tapped into a spin

Jean Marc Gounon in the #41 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR gets tapped into a spin when it was overtaking Eric Bernard of the #52 DAMS Panoz Esperante GTR-1 at the first chicane with Mauro Baldi in the Konrad Porsche using his lightning reactions to avoid a collision. It caused a bit of chaos with the other cars but all of them got away with no damage though.

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1997 - Le Mans - Two major fires at the Mulsanne 'bosse.'
The works Porsche 911 GT1 was leading with a decent margin by 2pm on Sunday. Around after 1.40pm, Ralf Kelleners jumped into the Porsche after a pit stop. He would drive for an other stint, only for the Porsche to catch fire at the Mulsanne hump. The leader stops on the Mulsanne straight with the rear well alight. Kelleners jumped from the car and waved to the fire crews to quickly put out the fire. They did, but not before the back of the car was gutted (somewhat like the team) At 2.01pm, the Gulf Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR car with Andrew Gilbert-Scott (partnered by Ray Bellm and Masanori Sekiya) at the wheel had caught fire on the Mulsanne straight, the fire took hold of the rear and burnt out the engine area. This incident looked very similar to that suffered by the sister car of #40, in Thursday's qualifying when an oil line fractured.





Porsche GT1 versus McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans 1996
Great battle between the Porsche GT1 and the McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans in 1996. Listen to the great sound of the McLaren en see the nice flames at the back site of the Porsche when the driver is changing gears





1996 - Le Mans - Pierre Petit and Stanley Dickens incidents
The #14 WR LM96 loses its front left wheel flat-out along the Mulsanne Straight. Thankfully the driver was able to slow the car down and safely. Pierre Petit's car lose its front-left wheel on the Mulsanne Straight and three-wheeled back to the pits and continued. Derek Warwick spins his #4 Courage C36 at the entry of the pitlane and was able to recover and goes into the pitlane for its routinue pit-stop. He was completing his shift. The #2 Kremer Racing K8 crashes out in a massive way and it ripped out the gearbox, rear tyres and possibly the engine out. Stanley Dickens escaped with no injuries. Fossett crashed heavily at 7:20pm whn the engine cover flew off on the super-fst run between Mulsanne and Indianapolis. Dickens was pitched into a 190mph accident, involving the barriers at both sides of the track. Mercifully the car did not flp over. The 1989 Le Mans winner emerged wide-eyed by unhurt.





1997 - Le Mans - Various incidents towards the end of the race
At 8.13am, Olivier Thevenin the Société J.B. Jabouille Bouresche Porsche 911 GT1 retires when flames was seen bletching out of the rear of the car and it stopped at the Mulsanne Straight. It was hobbling with a blown engine shortly around 8am and stopped the car ar a fire post just before the Mulsanne 'bosse' where the manrshal quickly extinguished a flash fire. The Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR received a four minute stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane. The BMW Motorsport/Team Schnitzer with their drivers of Steve Soper, JJ Lehto and Nelson Piquet, was doing well in the race until at 8.29 on Sunday morning, JJ Lehto spun the car at Mulsanne Corner and crashed into the wall. He would limp to the pits to retire after 238 laps of hard-racing. Then at 8.55am, the car was too badly damaged so it was withdrawn from the race. As the Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche driven by Guy Martinolle was about to complete an other lap as it is about to exit the Ford Chicane until its right rear tyre came apart from the car. The driver took action by pulling into the pits side straightaway. It would eventually recover into the pits when he was able to three-wheel into the adjacent pits and he was on track again after losing only 7 minutes.




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