Nurburgring Catch-up
Philippe Hesnault got in touch after the Nurburgring 1000 Kms to let DSC know that he was OK, after a heavy, late-race shunt in the Perspective Racing Porsche (the car was shown on the TV coverage making heavy contact with the barriers).

”It was not a broken part, a broken wheel or a wheel in the gravel, which caused the accident,” explains Hesnault.

”I was coming into the fast curves (Rheinland-Pfalz-Bogen), where there is only one path to pass, and was hit on the inside by a prototype. The car went straight into the Armco, rebounded onto it again and finally stopped in the gravel trap.

”The damage was serious to the left side front and rear (hub, suspension, brakes, wheels....) even the engine is damaged, and a lot of work for the bodyshop too.

”The team will have to work hard to fix the car to be ready for Donington. “

Mercifully Hesnault himself is fine and Thierry Perrier’s crew will no doubt return with the #75 car looking as good as new.

The (very) late race pitstop for the GT1 winning Larbre Aston Martin was explained post-race by Pedro Lamy, who handed the car over to Vincent Vosse with just 17 seconds of the race remaining: “It was simply that Vincent had to race for another minute to qualify for points.”

Meanwhile the stop by the #40 ASM Lola, reported by us as a possible precautionary stop, after Angel Burgueno’s clash with Joao Barbosa, was actually a 60 second stop/go penalty. It didn’t prevent the #40 car from taking the laurels in LMP2 though. This class looks set to be very closely fought indeed at Donington Park, with the major players showing more and more pace, coupled with much improved reliability.

 

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