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.
2012 24 Hours of Le Mans Highlights
Highlights from the 2012 24 hours of le Mans, the 80th running of the race.
#1 Audi took victory with Audi's other cars occupying 2nd, 3rd and 5th
positions. Toyota held a decent fight to Audi but neither car managed to
complete the 24 hour race distance
Le Mans 24 Hours 2011 - Last Minutes (Danish)
Audi won the Le Mans 24 Hour race on Sunday despite the loss of two of
their three cars to high-speed crashes.
Two-time winner Allan McNish and team-mate Mike Rockenfeller crashed in
separate incidents on Saturday.
But Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer still clinched a
10th Le Mans title for the German car maker.
They completed 355 laps to beat the Peugeot number nine of Simon Pagenaud,
Pedro Lamy and Sebastien Bourdais by 13.854 seconds.
The previous day McNish and Rockenfeller had both walked away unharmed
after crashing into barriers in spectacular fashion.
Scotsman McNish crashed after his car clipped the front of Anthony
Beltoise's Ferrari and went slewing across the track.
He stepped out of the wreckage unaided but was taken for precautionary
McNish had enjoyed a superb start from fifth on the grid to be running
But, shortly before the hour mark, he clipped the number 58 GTE Pro Ferrari
of Beltoise while attempting to lap the back marker and spun out of
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 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."
Hours after McNish's crash there was another serious accident involving
team-mate Rockenfeller, who had been running second at the time.
Rockenfeller touched a backmarker as he attempted to overtake and speared
into the barriers.
The accident occured between Mulsanne and Indianapolis but witnesses on
Twitter reported that the German - who was a winner of this race a year ago
- walked away from the crash to receive medical attention.