Updated 11:05 AM CET.</I>
Benoit Treluyer suffered a massive crash in the early morning crash at the Le Mans 24 Hours, losing control of his #17 Pescarolo Peugeot in the Esses, between the Dunlop Bridge and the Tertre-Rouge corner.
Treluyer lost control of his car shortly after exiting the pits, having arrived there with smoking left-front brakes. While the mechanics worked on the front-left corner, he also had the radiators cleaned and the engine cover replaced.
After he passed under the Dunlop Bridge, he drove over two bumps on the track on the downhill from the bridge as always, but this time the car lost grip as it went over the second bump.
He slid onto the grass, from where the car went airborne, tumbling violently into the armco barrier, and then continuing to toll along the barrier. The repeated impacts tore the engine and suspension pieces from the carbon fibre monocoque, leaving not much more intact than the cockpit itself.
The medical crews worked to extricate Treluyer from the wreckage -- a task that took the better part of 15 minutes -- but fortunately the 32-year-old was reported by the ACO to have been conscious and aware during the process. He was taken to the track medical centre for further checks.
The ensuing safety car period lasted over 30 minutes, with the green flag returning just after 4:45 AM.