Le Mans 24 Hours 2011 - Allan McNish Crash Audi R18 #3 (English)
Audis R18 (Tom Kristensen, Allan Mcnish and Rinaldo "Dindo" Capello) Hits a
ferrari and Crashes into the barrier wich almost seems to kill allan
macnish, but luckely he survived.
The first hour of today's Le Mans 24 Hour race was marred by a huge
accident for Audi's Scottish driver Allan McNish.
McNish had enjoyed a superb start from fifth on the grid to be running
second shortly before the hour mark when he clipped the number 58 GTE Pro
Ferrari of Anthony Beltoise while attempting to lap the back marker as the
cars headed down towards the Esses, crashing violently into the barriers.
The Audi R18 suffered a high impact and slewed over the Armco railing
throwing debris over trackside marshals and photographers.
McNish was extracted safely from his stricken car but there was no
immediate word on whether any spectators had been hurt.
The accident forced the safety car onto the track and left last year's
winner Timo Bernhard up front in the lead Audi ahead of its remaining
sister car and the three Peugeots.
A horrible crash for Allan McNish in the opening hour of the 2011 Le Mans
24 Hours, he tried to pass one of the slower cars, made contact and went
hard into the barriers. Luckily he and everyone behind that barrier escaped
LE MANS, France (Reuters) - Former winner Allan McNish escaped serious
injury after crashing his Audi shortly after the start of the Le Mans 24
Hours sportscar race on Saturday.
The official race website (http://www.lemans.org) said the Scot, who
stepped out of the wreckage unaided, was unhurt but taken to the circuit
medical centre for precautionary checks.
The safety car was deployed after the accident involving the number three
Audi R18 and the Ferrari 458 driven by Anthony Beltoise, with German Timo
Bernhard leading the race in the number one Audi.
The number two Audi driven by Frenchman Benoit Treluyer was in second
McNish had been challenging Bernhard, overtaking his team mate after the
Dunlop Bridge but then clipping the slower Ferrari.
The Audi, which McNish was sharing with Denmark's Tom Kristensen and
Italian Rinaldo Capello, was launched sideways into the gravel trap and
nearly cleared the barriers with bodywork flying.
The Ferrari was largely undamaged and continued.
"The Ferrari closed the door, Allan had no chance whatsoever. He went off
very quickly, but luckily managed to get out of the car unharmed," said
Audi motorsport head Wolfgang Ullrich.
"To see that the cars are so strong is good, but that's not the way we like
to demonstrate it."
Audi, in a battle with French rivals Peugeot, have won six of the last
seven editions of the race and swept the front row in qualifying with
Treluyer on pole and the number one Audi alongside.
Allan McNish Huge Crash 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours [HD]
Le Mans 24 Hours 2011 - Allan McNish Audi R18 Huge Crash [HD]
Mike Rockenfeller Crash Le Mans 24 Hours 2011
Audi suffered its second unbelievable accident just hours after Allan
McNish's race-ending crash, with driver Mike Rockenfeller reportedly
climbing from the destroyed R18 under his own power.
Rockenfeller, part of the defending race-winning No. 1 Audi R18 driving
team, was attempting to pass the No 71 AF Corse Ferrari F458 driven by
Michael Waltrip Racing's Rob Kaufmann at 10:40 p.m. when the two cars made
contact at the ultra-fast Kink section of the Mulsanne Straight.
Official reports from both teams are forthcoming.
Le Mans 2011 Audi Car 1 crash Mike Rockenfeller
Massive crash as it happens between Audi #1 and the Ferrari #71
Rockenfeller had got out of the car on his own, so is mostly OK as far as
we know at the moment. Heard that he is walking and talking, and has gone
to the hospital for a precautionary full body scan.
Skip to 3:35 for the onboard view of the crash.
Can see the stretcher waiting next to the barrier at 2:50, he is still
behind the barrier at this point I believe.
Second video up with an additional angle of the crash:
Le Mans 2011 Alan McNish Audi R18 Crash
Alan McNish Audi R18 Crash. Incident described is from about 2.35 onwards.
Filmed on the Apple iPhone 4 just along the track from the Dunlop bridge on
Saturday June 11th 2011 at La Sarthe race circuit, Le Mans.
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans: Allan McNish Talks About His Accident with the Audi R18 TDI
During the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Audi R18 TDI driven by Audi Sport
driver Allan McNish was destroyed in an accident near the fabled Dunlop
bridge. Fortunately Allan was left basically unhurt. At 1PM, two hours
before the end of the race, Allan spoke with the press about his experience
and his thoughts on the subject. This is a video of that press conference.
AUSmotive: Allan McNish crash Le Mans 2011 (HD)
Allan McNish in the #3 Audi R18 TDI was involved in a horrific accident in
the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour race. McNish made contact with the #58 Ferrari and
crashed heavily into the barriers just after the Dunlop bridge. Thankfully
he was able to walk away with no major injury.
Audi Driver Allan McNish: Close Call
Audi driver Allan McNish is reminded that racing is a dangerous sport as he
narrowly escapes a horrific accident.
Follow the link to watch Truth in 24: http://audi.us/LsgaIJ
TRUTH IN 24 II - Every Second Counts
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath as
the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have been
flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race. To watch
the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and each meter
of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours
- almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year. Every Le Mans
winner has gone down in history. The three Audi drivers Andr‚Äö
Lotterer, Beno≈ít Tr‚Äöluyer and Marcel F‚Äûssler did so in a
special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011. The film TRUTH IN 24 II
documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the brand with
the four rings at this sports car classic. After two Audi R18 TDI cars have
retired following spectacular accidents, the remaining Audi fights a
dramatic battle for overall victory with the three Peugeot 908 cars ? which
the Audi trio ultimately decides in its favor with a narrow margin of 13
seconds. The film captures the entire drama of the fourth-narrowest running
of the Le Mans 24 Hours ? with intimate insights into the team of Audi
Sport and breath-taking pictures.
Follow the link to read more about Le Mans: http://audi.us/PixOng
Allan McNish's Le Mans lap from Truth in 24
This is a lap with Allan McNish narrating, it's the Le Mans and he's
describing how it feels in the car. When do you have oversteer, how the car
feels here and there... very, very entertaining!