Loic Duval, driver of the #1 Audi R18 E-tron Quattro, suffered a massive crash today during free practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Duval's car reportedly went off track backwards at high speed near the Porsche Curves and flew into the retaining fence. There is no video of the actual crash at the moment, but a video of the aftermath (viewable below) shows significant damage to the Audi and to the fence. The wall nearby the car appears unaffected.

Thankfully, it occurred quite close to a marshal's stand, and they were present almost immediately after the incident. Both the official press release from the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a tweet from Audi Sport (below) indicated that Duval was conscious after the crash, and he was taken by ambulance to the medical center and then to the hospital. The press release says: "His condition is encouraging." However, any injuries he might have sustained are unknown at this time. After the crash, the course was red flagged, and practice resumed about 50 minutes later.
Audi had three R18s entered for the historic race, but the #1 car doesn't appear to be in repairable condition following this crash. Scroll down to watch the video showing what happened afterwards (it's not in English) and read the brief official press release about the accident. We will update this story as more information becomes available.
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LE MANS 24 HOURS - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Following the accident occurred during the free practice session, here is the official press release of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.

At 17h05, today Wednesday 11 June, the No.1 Audi left the track at very high speed at the Porsche Curves, at Marshals Post No.131. The incident occurred during the free practice session for the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Conscious, the driver was taken into the care of the ACO's Medical Services, extracted from the car to an ambulance and then immediately transported to the Le Mans's Centre Hospitalier where he will undergo further examination.

His condition is encouraging.

The tests recommenced at 17h55.


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      Rotation
      • 6 Months Ago
      Driver almost completely unharmed. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/11/motor-racing-lemans-idUKL4N0OS48020140611
      Jun Jiusi Zheng
      • 6 Months Ago
      Audi is a joke. If no Chinese market, it is a dead ass
        Lachmund
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jun Jiusi Zheng
        Wow, sadly you can't even afford a Geely or BYD.
        x19x19
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jun Jiusi Zheng
        What does you comment have to do with the article? Go back to supplying the world with worthless junk.
        justingay
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jun Jiusi Zheng
        Wow
      Mike Fernandez
      • 6 Months Ago
      Never good to hear about a crash prior to a race. Hopefully Duval's alright. I look forward to the other 2 Audi cars battling it out with Porsche and Toyota.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 6 Months Ago
      This crash occured at the "Porsche Curves"... foreshadowing anybody?
      Ted
      • 6 Months Ago
      That's one Volkswagen that couldn't handle the Speed.
      Jsinclair39
      • 6 Months Ago
      Team Audi is pushing hard. They are feeling the pressure this year. I'm glad he's ok though.
      rsxvue
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does the video show how the crash happened? It looked like a pointless video to me but I might've missed something. Regardless, I'm glad the driver is ok and bummed we have one less Audi competing this weekend.
        Lachmund
        • 6 Months Ago
        @rsxvue
        Audi is still trying to build up a new reserve car over the night to be able to participate at the second training.
        ehisforadam
        • 6 Months Ago
        @rsxvue
        "There is no video of the actual crash at the moment, but a video of the aftermath (viewable below) shows significant damage to the Audi and to the fence. The wall nearby the car appears unaffected." Reading, do it.
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Unbelieveable a crash like that is survivable today. God bless him!
      DavidR
      • 6 Months Ago
      Considering the driver isn't a fatality, I'm hoping it will turn up on video eventually.
      ApexRumble
      • 6 Months Ago
      Video is in Polish... glad I learned it from my parents. It is just your basic race commentary. No actual known facts, it was just as it happened.
      Da Do
      • 6 Months Ago
      yup, Fri the 13 th came early..for..Duval
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