Wrecking is a part of racing and last year’s Le Mans winner Loïc Duval was out to prove it in his Audi R18 e-tron quattro during practice for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After Duval’s wreck, which saw him hurling into a barrier at speeds around 160 mph, Audi had to devise a way to get a new car, and fast. So on Wednesday night, Audi Sport Team Joest brought in a new chassis and began rebuilding an all new LMP1 car from all of the parts they had on hand. The team stayed at it all night to make sure that the car would be ready to go for practice the following day.
Members of the media and public alike were amazed when car number 1, Duval’s car, appeared back on the grid for practice on Thursday. But once again Audi was struck with bad luck, as Lucas Di Grassi hit the wall during Thursday’s practices. Luckily, it was mostly cosmetic damage and Audi engineers were able to fix the car quickly.
After Duval’s accident, doctors precluded him from the race despite the minor nature of his injuries. The German brand is now calling on its reserve driver, Marc Gene, to step up and fill in the spot.
After facing multiple accidents and hardships, all three Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro race cars should be ready to compete in this year’s endurance race.
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