• Jun 25, 0001
Audi R18 TDi wreckage at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans - Click above for high-res image gallery

As you're likely aware, the #3 Audi R18 TDI driven by Allan McNish was destroyed in a spectacular accident earlier this morning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. McNish walked away from the scene, was checked out at the hospital, given a clean bill of health, and has since returned to the Audi garage.

QuattroWorld.com is onsite at Le Mans and was only 100 yards away from being in the very wrong spot at the wrong time as the Audi crash took place. Those guys were able to capture some unique photos that they're now graciously sharing with Autoblog.

Please follow QuattroWorld on Facebook to keep up to date on the action at Le Mans (just don't expect too many Peugeot pictures). Thanks again to QuattroWorld, Josh Decker and Mike Juergens for the photos, which you can check out in the gallery below.


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      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      This made me want to cry. This is my favorite racing team in the 24 Hour race
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rockenfeller in the 2nd Audi just got ousted by a Ferrari as well. First Mc Nish by a 458, now Rockenfeller by a 430 ffs, ferrari mafia!
      Dan Cunningham
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't get it (i'm not much of a race fan), why do they have those slow cars on the same track? couldn't, seems kinda unnecessary.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Cunningham
        AB lost another one of my posts. I wrote 900 characters here and it's just gone. Dan, the answer is because they need enough cars to fill the grid and they need to promote sports car racing to provide a supply of future drivers and teams for their sport.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Cunningham
        Because without them they wouldn't have enough cars on the track to make the race interesting. The slower cars both fill out the grid and represent the feeder system which provides drivers to the higher levels of the series. It's the classic dichotomy of sports cars, the moneyed teams want to show off by beating everyone, but how do you fill a grid with cars when everyone else knows they can't beat the top contenders. The sports car solution is to have multiple classes. That way the slower cars can compete for their own wins even though they cannot win the overall.
      c2100
      • 3 Years Ago
      The lucky people were the people behind the tire barrier who were very close to having the car land on top of them. The wall of tires did the job but only just Fortunately nothing like this happened the during the race I saw http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/5814709899/
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Trying again, posts keep disappearing. radiolemans reports that Wolfgang Ulrich of Team Joest/Audi stated that Rockenfeller was able to escape the car and over the guardrail on his own power before the ambulances arrived.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad Allan is ok... it's ashame- he was really in the zone... guess he just got a little too confident and took a risk near a driver who is un-experienced.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        Also, the visibility out of the Audis is awful, the Peugeots only a bit better. The tires are just too tall, you can't see over them out of the driver's seating position in the cockpit. Audi took a risk by reducing visibility so much and it didn't pay off. The ACO really should have insisted on better visibility.
      Priti Mulam
      • 3 Years Ago
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      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably one of the scariest crashes ever. Someone could have been killed.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @htay9500
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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's already on Youtube...looks like he hit a Ferrari or vice versa.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O4kIV3NuBA
      AUTOLEGEND86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rocky just hit the wall hard, he's said to have gotten out of the car on his own. About the "why have slower cars comment" Sports car racing has always had different types of cars on its grids. Its what makes this sport different to single seaters. Consider the 70's with Group 5 vs Group 6 and Group 4 fighting for the other slots.
      John G
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only the leading Audi left in it. Car #1 veered straight into the wall at the start of the main straight after getting clipped by a Ferrari. Mike Rockenfeller walked away from the crash himself. Car is in worse condition than McNish's. I wonder if the reduced visibility of the closed cockpits is a factor. One thing is for sure, those cars are tough!
        xcatchmyshadowx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John G
        that´s what happens when u let amateurs and pros together on a race track! what was the eejit in the 430 thinking? switching lanes at night on a straight at full speed with an R18 signalizing that it is ready to vertake? ferkin coont!
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xcatchmyshadowx
          The R18 didn't flash until he was about 4 car lengths back. At the closing speeds at that corner, that's too short a time to react.
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