1986 - Le Mans - David Leslie puncture
Just after 6am fate struck again as the right rear tyre blew while David
Leslie was braking for the Mulsanne Corner, throwing him into an enormous
spin. Damage was severe, the Ecosse losing its rear bodywork and the
flailing tyre also smashing the water radiator. Leslie set off to drive
slowly back to the pits but had to stop twice and request fire marshals to
give him water for the engine, replenishing the header tank each time.
Again the Ecosse team repaired the damage, but this time officialdom
intervened and the car was disqualified for taking replenishments out on
the circuit, and there was no arguing with that, so a fit and healthy car
was driven round to the paddock.
"The engine performed marvellously well, and we led the class for hours"
commented manager Richard Williams. "Our will be the car to beat when we've
got the new bits for the engine." "The V64V was absolutely superb, it could
have gone on another day" was Mike Wilds' comment.
The ADA Gebhardt moved into first when Leslie suffered his puncture at the