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Allan McNish crash 2011 24 Hours of LeMans - Click above to view video after the jump

Less than an hour in to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Audi R18 TDI of Allan McNish is out of contention. With McNish at the wheel, the R18 ran up on slower GT traffic coming into the Dunlop curve. Instead of backing off, McNish tried to shoot the gap underneath a slower Ferrari 458 Italia. As McNish reached the apex of the corner, he touched the Ferrari, sending both cars hard into the barrier.

The R18 got airborne in the gravel, and slammed into a tire wall sideways, spraying photographers and spectators with wheels, suspension pieces and large chunks of carbon fiber monocoque. Despite the severity of the crash, McNish was able to walk away under his own power after marshals righted the remains of his diesel prototype.

It's good to know McNish is ok, and our thoughts are with the photographers and marshals who got sprayed with crash debris. Ultimately, McNish probably shouldn't have shot the gap this early in the race. To see the full terrifying video, click past the jump.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Tire is actively trying to take down that photographer!
      • 4 Years Ago
      lo @ the Photographer being chased by a tire
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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's amassing to see how safe the cars have become! not to forget the track also... Imagine how manny grate drivers where lost in the early days due to no thought of safety!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think he didnt even see the ferrari until half way past his team mate, you look at how he obviously accelerated about half way past (20sec in to clip). i think he chose the only option available apart from taking out his team mate. wrecking your car gets you in trouble, wiping out your team mate as well is a whole different level of screw up. he was caught between a rock and a hard place, the only option he had was to go for it. glad everyone came out ok
        • 4 Years Ago
        off topic, but P0300, i have that tatted on my arm along with the check engine in red, black writing. random misfire signifies my irregular heart beat.
      Aco Filoski
      • 4 Years Ago
      super ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a shame. Alan's by far the best Le Mans driver, though.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      The photographer in the blue shirt should buy a lottery ticket. He's the luckiest man on earth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way, the blue shirted photog who was looking this way while the wheel bounced over them is a woman...they mentioned her on Radio LeMans. Very lucky, and I wouldn't doubt she's seen that video and thinks, "I am glad I didn't see that coming."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel that if there wasn't a spectacular crash to go along with this, it would have been classified as just another racing incident. LMP cars shoot around GT cars to save time quite often, with positive results. And he almost made it....almost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most probably not the Ferrari driver's mistake - I doubt very much he was able to see this Audi. As for the Audi driver, he should've sensed that the Ferrari might close in.... Easier said than done...
      Mike K
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a dumbass. He's fired, so fired.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        Well thought out comment. Way to take your time and really try and understand exactly what happened here.
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