Incidents plague hour two at Le Mans

Incidents plague hour two at Le Mans

While the Peugeot 908 HDi-FAPs continue to lead the 24 Hours of Le Mans, accidents have plagued the second hour of the twice-around-the-clock French classic. No less than four major incidents occurred at Circuit de La Sarthe, throwing up some...

While the Peugeot 908 HDi-FAPs continue to lead the 24 Hours of Le Mans, accidents have plagued the second hour of the twice-around-the-clock French classic. No less than four major incidents occurred at Circuit de La Sarthe, throwing up some major setbacks for a number of contending teams.

#83 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Eric van de Poele.
Photo by Tom Haapanen.

The No. 83 Risi Competizione/Krohn Racing Ferrari F430 GT of Tracy Krohn was officially retired shortly after the beginning of hour two because of an early race accident. Krohn was on his out lap and had an off at Arnage, damaging the front and rear of the prancing horse. The Texan was unable to get the car back to the pits, forcing the team to retire the car. It's mixed fortunes for the Houston-based team, as the sister No. 82 car of Mika Salo now leads the LM GT2 category.

Team Cytosport has also encountered early race trouble following Greg Pickett's minor incident in hour one. Klaus Graf, who was now in the No. 12 Lola B07/14 Judd, spun near the pit lane entrance, possibly colliding with the No. 41 Trading Performance Zytek 07S of Claude-Yves Gosselin, which ran into the gravel. Pickett reported that another car ran into Graf, causing the German to spin. The American entry pitted and rejoined after a short delay. But only a few laps later, Graf spun again, this time at Arnage. At the end of the second hour, the Muscle Milk entry runs 35th overall.

Moments later, the No. 10 Charouz Racing System Lola Aston Martin suffered a high-speed spin at the Dunlop Chicane. The LM P1 entry in the hands of Jan Charouz sustained major front and rear-end damage. Charouz, though, got the car back to the pits, shredding parts around the entire 8.5-mile circuit. It's now in the garage for extensive repairs.

The final major incident of the hour involved the two LM GT2 class leading Porsches. Patrick Long in the No. 76 IMSA Performance Matmut entry and Seth Neiman in Flying Lizard Motorsports' No. 80 machine collided entering the Indianapolis Corner, sending both cars into the gravel.

"I was just bringing the tire up to temperature in my first hot lap and entered Indianapolis and got struck by the 76 car," Neiman explained. "It broke the right rear and we're inspecting for other damage right now."

Neiman limped the car back for repairs, while the French Matmut-sponsored entry sustained less damage to its Porsche. Either way, two of the three 997 GT3 RSRs entered in this year's race have run into trouble, more specifically with each other.

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