Matthieu Lahaye suffers accident during 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps qualifying session
Whilst attempting a qualifying lap for the second round of the ILMC, the 1000 km of Spa, #15 OAK-Pescarolo pilot Matthieu Lahaye suffered a major off this afternoon following contact with a Formula Le Mans car. The Frenchman was between the Bruxelles and Pouhon corners of the famed circuit when the incident occurred.
On his second flying lap at the time, the 26 year-old LMP1 driver made heavy contact with the Armco barrier, causing the race director to call an immediate halt to qualifying. Lahaye had already set the 8th fastest time of the session when he left the track.
He was subsequently transferred to the Peltzer-la-Tourelle hospital in Verviers. Despite the magnitude of the accident, his physical condition is not cause for serious concern, with initial medical reports proving reassuring. Tonight, the thoughts of the team are with Matthieu.
The OAK-Pescarolo #15 prototype held together well, despite the violence of the impact, fulfilling its key role of protecting the driver. Unfortunately, the team will be unable to repair the most significant damage to the car in time for the race, meaning Guillaume Moreau and Pierre Ragues will be unable to contest tomorrow’s 1000 km of Spa.
Nevertheless, OAK Racing will be represented by the #35 OAK-Pescarolo LMP2 of Andrea Barlesi, Frédéric Da Rocha and Patrice Lafargue, who will be seeking a return to the podium following their superb third place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
-source: oak racing