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Ruberti to miss Le Mans after fracturing spine at Hockenheim

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Ruberti to miss Le Mans after fracturing spine at Hockenheim
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Jun 3, 2016, 11:03 AM

Larbre Competition Corvette driver Paolo Ruberti has been forced out of next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours due to a back injury sustained in an accident at Hockenheim this week.

Larbre Compétition: Paolo Ruberti
#50 Larbre Compétition Corvette C7.R: Paolo Ruberti, Gianluca Roda, Kristian Poulsen
#50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R: Paolo Ruberti, Yutaka Yamagishi, Pierre Ragues

Ruberti was coaching a driver at the German Grand Prix venue when the car he was in developed a brake problem, which resulted in him suffering a compound fracture to his lumbar vertebra during the ensuing crash.

“We experienced a technical problem with the brakes of the car I was in,” said Ruberti via social media. “I went straight into the wall while I was driving down the backstretch of Hockenheim (approximately 200kph).

“My student is also here next to me (in the hospital) but thankfully has no fractures. I will receive an operation, but luckily my overall movement is still very well.

“Unfortunately this means I’ll have to skip the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the end I am glad the injuries are not more serious and will hope for a quick recovery.”

There is no news on his replacement in the #50 Corvette C7 ZO6 that he was due to share with Pierre Ragues and Yutaka Yamagishi.

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