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The LMP1 racer standing on its nose is the No. 8 Toyota TS030 driven by Anthony Davidson, having just recently begun his driving stint and only five hours into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the red car next to it is the No. 81 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Piergiuseppe Perrazini. Davidson took the inside line down the Mulsanne Straight, and based on the vantage point in the video, it looks like Davidson had got a decent chunk of the Toyota ahead of the Ferrari when Perrazini turned into him.

The result were hard runs into the tire wall and the end of the race for both drivers. Davidson got out on his own but was sent to the hospital for observation until Monday morning, but thankfully Toyota has released a statement saying Davidson shows "no signs of any injuries." However, reports indicate Davidson has fractured two vertebra, and he soon tweeted from the hospital "Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn't what I had in mind at this stage in the race..."

The safety car came out while the accident was cleared, but the Toyota team's woes were compounded when the No. 7 TS030 driven by Kazuki Nakajima drove into the Nissan DeltaWing of Satoshi Motoyama on the restart. The contact sent the DeltaWing into the wall (and despite efforts to revive it, out of the race) and the No. 7 Toyota headed back to the pits for repairs and a steep drop down the order. As of this writing, Audi's brace of R18 E-Tron Quattro racers appear to have the inside track on a victory.

Scroll down to watch videos of both Davidson's crash and the DeltaWing accident (along with aftermath footage).









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      Blakkar
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like Ferrari is out there deliberately "kneecapping" LMPs. Last year it was easy to just back off half a beat and the Audi LMP could have gone through without an issue, and that was on just the first few laps. This time, the Ferrari should have just backed off half a beat and the Toyota would not have gone through. Its a marathon not a sprint. Stop trying to win it in the first few minutes of hours. If a Ferrari is involved again in another LMP wreck this or next year, I'm going to start raising Cain. Next, those directional stabilizers that are meant to keep the LMP from flipping over do NOT seem to work when the car is going backwards, at all. It would make better sense to use the "reverse air brakes" from NASCAR than a big fin that blocks side to side visibility for other cars. Lastly, I feel very badly for the Deltawing. Most of these cars are brightly or very brightly colored and stick out. The blacked out Deltawing (I know. Experimental cars are supposed to be black) was just invisible. Black in minimizing. The car should have been shock white, not black. At least a much more visible paint scheme. The car also needs better wheel protection for the future. I hope Nissan does not give up on the Deltawing and that Panoz does field a couple themselves. But the cars need to be in more of the regular races to work out the kinks and get other drivers used to seeing them.
      razrrick13
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferrari 458 : crashing into LMP1 since 2011 And kudos to Autoblog btw, for posting stuff mid-race.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @razrrick13
        I think 2011 was more like the Audi prototype couldn't see the Ferrari and didnt avoid it. Blame a closed roof and a pillars all but eradicating diagonal frontward vision. Not that the 458 wasnt partly to blame (it was in the way), but it is generally accepted that cars coming behind you bear the responsibility of not running into you as they pass. Then this year we have the 458 just being a dumbass and dive bombing the Toyota. Either getting revenge on prototype drivers or doing Audi a favor that they really didnt need, by sending its only competition somersaulting into the tire wall like a gymnast.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really ? Either the Ferrari didnt see the car coming... or he is a serious jackass.
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's too bad that so many of the interesting cars (Toyota, Nissan) got whacked. That 458 driver pulled a really stupid move. It doesn't make sense for a GT-class to mess with someone in the LMP-class, so I'll withhold my judgment for now.
      Chunky
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the same section the Mercedes flipped in 99 in qualifying. http://www.carma-autoblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/CLRflip2.jpg
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chunky
        Why do these prototypes flip so spectacularly like that? It's like once their nose is a foot off the ground, it catches the air and you go from intense downforce to quite a bit of front end lift. You would think in 13 years they would find a way to make them less prone to somersaulting and sailing through the air.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          [blocked]
        BC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chunky
        that was Mark Webber in the Merc wasnt it?
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BC
          They interviewed Webber about his crash during the yellow from this one.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      #2 Audi (Kristensen) made an ill-advised pass on the Krohn Ferrari at Arnage, caused a collision, both cars seem okay. Technically, the Ferrari turned into the Audi, but the Krohn Ferrari had no choice, he would have gone off the end if he didn't, since the Audi had forced his way under the Ferrari at the last second. Commentators are mentioning that the Audis are driving very aggressively since their cars seem to be able to survive collisions with other cars. It's good to be the king, the ACO would never sanction Audi no matter how many cars they batter.
      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeeze, the Toyota's are gone, and worse, the DeltaWing is gone. :(
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      You don't get to realize how huge these lmp cars are until they are in a position they were not designed to assume...
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoa! You don't often get to hear the sound of race crashes like that Toyota / Ferarri one. Definitely adds an element of brutality. Glad they're ok : /
      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? How can you blame the DeltaWing crash on the Toyota driver? You can easily see that the Toyota driver's view of the DeltaWing was blocked by the Audi Hybrid to the Toyota's right. Then when the Toyota moved to the right side of the Audi, the Toyota driver couldn't have a view of the DeltaWing. I know the DeltaWing is revolutionary in terms of fuel efficiency and weight, but there's no reason such a car should be racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It's not that different from a motorcycle. There's just so much potential for great danger, as shown by this video. And I won't even start with this Perrazini @$$ hole. Toyota deserved a win.
        LW
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        view blocked? the toyoda just passed the delta wing, so it knew exactly where it was. Maybe the toyoda, thinking the delta wing has a narrower front, assumed he was clear to make a right once he passed that mass of wheels. Maybe he thought he cleared whatever car that he just passed given the front is much narrower than the rear.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        It's like a motorcycle, except the size of a car. If you can't see that thing driving around then maybe racing isn't your thing. Painting it black might have been a bad idea, but the thing is by far from being as small as a motorcycle.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          [blocked]
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          It's definitely as narrow as a motorcycle at the front, but wide as any other racecar at the back. But even though it's narrow and shaped like a pencil (or penis, depending on your mind) and painted in black, it is still something you would see if you bothered looking where you are going.
      Wilson G Lopez
      • 2 Years Ago
      F****** ferrari
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bad move by the Ferrari. Unless it's in F1 they have no business racing in any other class. They always seem to be easily shown up and outclassed.
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