Le Mans 1999 Mercedes CLR Onboard and Crash
Onboard lap in the Mercedes CLR with Christophe Bouchut and Peter
Dumbreck's massive accident.Highlights of the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hour race,
which was billed as the Race of The Millenium
2001 - Le Mans - Chaos in the rain
At 4.12pm, the rain began to hurl down at Indianapolis and the Porsche
Curves. It was a difficult time as practically all of the cars were on
In order of the incidents in the video clip:
4.14pm: Stefan Johansson (Johansson Motorsport Audi R8-2000) obtains some
frontal damage at Indianapolis but is able to limps on.
4.15pm: Eric Bernard (DAMS Cadillac Northstar LMP 01) spins off into the
gravel at Porsche Curves.
4.16pm: The #7 Bentley EXP Speed 8 pits for fuel and tyres.
Ralf Kelleners spins his #3 Champion Racing Audi R8-2001 at Porsche Curves
but is able to carry on.
The #58 Larbre Compétition Chrysler Viper GTS-R limps into the garage for
Five cars have spun at Porsche Curves and the track is blocked.
4.18pm: The safety cars are out.
The five cars stranded at the Porsche Curves are:
Toni Seiler in his #61 Konrad Motorsport Saleen S7-R.
David Terrien in his #61 Equipe de France FFSA Chrysler Viper GTS-R.
Milka Duno in her #37 Dick Barbour Racing Reynard 01Q.
Martin O'Connell in his #35 S & R Rowan Racing Ltd Pilbeam MP84.
Anthony Reid in his #34 MG Sport & Racing Ltd Lola EX257 would need a new
rear wing as the car suddenly snapped away and went on the grass. The rear
wing touched the wall and went to the pits. (Not shown in the video I
1984 - Le Mans - John Sheldon's massive crash
Shortly about 9.21pm - quarter distance.
The race looked set for a more settled spell as the dusk began to gather,
but at 9.15pm a menacing plume of black smoke rom somewhere near the end of
the Mulsanne Straight signalled disaster.
A minute earlier, the Bovis Nimrod ream had watched as both its cars passed
by the pits once more, John Sheldon leading Drake Olson (was running high
as 5th place, only for a puncture to drop it down the order) by about 300
metres/ 8 seconds behind, with the American being lapped by Jonathan Palmer
in the Canon Porsche as the three cars sped by.
On the straight, Sheldon went into the kink at 190mpoh and his car went out
of control: there is no firm indication of the reason. The Nimrod went off
on the left side of the track, spinning back across the barrier to charge
the barrier on the other side.
Palmer, following, saw dust and flying debris as he crested the brow before
the kink, and braked heavily as hse swung his Porsche through the flat-out
right-hander. He saw the Nimrod hurtling out of control down the verge on
the right, and then making a second imapct, whereupoon on what was left of
the car erupted in flames. The fireball was so intense that it sent the
As Palmer watched in horror, Olson passed him on the left, still unaware of
why Jonathan has suddenly slowed. At this point a piece of wreckage emerged
from the right and shot across the track into Olson's path.
He swerved to the left, hit the barrier, and spun to a halt on the other
side of the road beyond the sister car, the front end of the car damaged bu
the American quite unhurt.
Palmer contrived to avoid the carnage and continued, but the burning wreck
of Sheldon's car was now bloacking the right side of the track itself and
the road was covered in debris.
Poor Sheldon was still inside the inferno but, fortunately, he was
conscious and somehow he contrived to get himself out.
As the Nimrod burned to an almost unrecognisable blob of twisted metal,
help arrived as marshals reached the scene.
WIth the field under the orders of the four pace cars, Sheldon was taken by
helicopter to the Trousseau burns unit at Tours. Mercifully, no bones were
broken, but John suffered burns to his chest, throat and hands.
There were, however, more serious consquences, because, during the
incident, a course marshal 42-years old Jacky Loiseau, lost his life, and
another, Andre-Guy Lefebvre (48) was seriously injured.
While the wreckage was cleared away, the race cars were under yellow
conditions for 1 hour 2 minutes.
It was discovered that Sheldon suffered a blow-out and his Nimrod became an
airborne fireball. Remarkably, a badly burned 'Driller' survived to race