CREATION RETIRES FROM THE RACE AT 11:15PM
Team Creation Autosportif had to retire from the 75th edition of the Le Mans 24H after the top of the differential casing was broken when the car went off the track in the Porsche curve and hit the tyre wall at the rear. It was the final straw after a series of misfortunes for all three drivers and the hardest working mechanics in the paddock.
Jamie Campbell-Walter started safely from 10th position on the grid. After an hour he was 8th fastest overall but became the first victim of the rain...when he suddenly went off a few hundred meters before the pit entry. "The safety car went out on the track just as we decided to change for intermediate tyres. I was about to pit when just after the Ford curve I aquaplaned and the left hand front splitter hit the wall first then the left hand rear" commented a very disappointed Jamie Campbell-Walter. After more than an hour Jamie rejoined the race and was soon lapping tenth fastest.
After four hours, Felipe Ortiz took the wheel for his first stint. After a few laps he spun at the first chicane because of a braking problem. It took half an hour to change the rear wing and rear crash structure. Shinji Nakano then jumped into the car but spun on some fluid at the Porsche curve on his out lap. This crash would then lead the team to retire.
"It has been a very tough evening for everybody especially the drivers who coped with the various difficult conditions very well. The Creation team performed, as always, with immense tenacity and it was only a broken diff casing that can not be changed due to the regulations that eventually finished the 2007 le Mans challenge for us.
It has been a tough five weeks for everybody concerned with the Creation CA/07 sports car. This was not quite the end we expected but we will come back at the Nurburgring at the next LMS round with the usual fighting spirit Creation is renowned for" said team Principal Ian Bickerton.
The team would like to thank all its partners, guests, friends and fans for their support.