Frank Biela, aiming for his fourth consecutive victory at Le Mans 24 Hours, was forced to retire from the race after just under two hours. â€œIâ€™m just so upset for the teamâ€ he said soon after the retirement. The German driver was aiming to...
Frank Biela, aiming for his fourth consecutive victory at Le Mans 24 Hours, was forced to retire from the race after just under two hours. “I’m just so upset for the team” he said soon after the retirement.
The German driver was aiming to pit on his 28th lap but the pit lane entrance was blocked by another car and this forced Biela to start another lap.
“The reserve light came on and the team told me to pit the next lap. But coming out of the Porsche Corners, a Panoz was in front of me and also through the fast Esses.
“I was trying to keep my momentum and attempted to pass him on the left side but I was surprised by his acceleration and found myself baulked as the Panoz was beside me and I couldn’t turn across to the pit-lane which meant I had to start another lap.
“I knew it would be almost impossible to get round and the car started ‘coughing’.”
He slowed on lap 29 as he passed through the Virage De Mulsanne. The driver desperately weaved his Audi from left to right to try to keep the car going but he was forced to pull off the circuit with an empty fuel tank.
”I had to park it and then I tried to get it back to the pits using the started but it was impossible. I’m devastated.”