Pescarolo Sport still in the lead of the "petrol engines" but a big crash for car No.16 The job was done for the Pescarolo Sport team leading the "petrol engines" category all through the official practice session. Some drivers still had to ...
Pescarolo Sport still in the lead of the "petrol engines" but a big crash for car No.16
The job was done for the Pescarolo Sport team leading the "petrol engines" category all through the official practice session. Some drivers still had to qualify for the night stint when the session was red-flagged. No alarm coming from the radio com but as the cars came back, two were reported missing : one Aston Martin and Romain Dumas' Pescarolo N 16 conduite. Fortunately, no injuries for Romain - he came back to the pits walking along the circuit but the initial report about the car condition was worrying.
We remembered how bad was Gene's Peugeot after its crash in the Porsche Esses and that's just where car N16 crashed at a speed over 250 km/h. As Romain later reported, he was following the Aston Martin when its engine broke. No time for the marshalls to wave the flag, and by night impossible to do anything! This is when big teams show how strong they are. After we got confirmation about Romain's health, a quick analysis by the engineers confirmed the monocoque was not damaged.
Rebuilding work could start and by 04.00 am, the car was almost rebuilt. The Pescarolo N16 will be in perfect shape for tonight session.
On Pescarolo N17, an incident occured just as Romain Dumas lost the car. With Benoit Treluyer exiting the pit lane, a jack was activated and the mechanics had to push the car back into the pit. The rest of the session was a troubleless exercise for the drivers.
7th : Pescarolo-Judd N16 : fastest lap 3:28:533
10th : Pescarolo-Judd N17 : fastest lap 3:30:618