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