Le Mans » Treluyer: I didn’t stand a chance

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nick - Unregistered

June 16, 2009 4:31 PM

I watched this happen, it wasn't near tete rouge as a lot of people think it was about 20yards before the apex on the left hander of the dunlop esses'.

It woke me up I can tell you, good to hear the driver is unhurt, ruined the race in my opinion but he is ok and thats all that matters now.

Terry - Unregistered

June 17, 2009 7:59 PM

I was there, too, and saw the whole thing happen. I was awake and saw the car go off and the resulting disintegration of the car.

The 908 was not destroyed by contact with the barrier, but was pinwheeling end over end as the bodywork, tires and various suspension bits flew off. It landed very near the barrier but if it hit the barrier, it was not hard as later in the morning I went back to check its condition and it looked undamaged.

It was a ferocious looking shunt and when the marshals and rescue team put up a tarp to block the gathering spectators' view of the extrication, I was sure he was hurt bad. Treluyer should thank the Peugeot engineers and builders for creating a strong car.


June 18, 2009 6:47 AM

“Then I started to get back into a normal rhythm but as I approached the La Foret curves the car suddenly went light and snapped sideways. I did not have the chance to be slowed down by the gravel trap as the car took off straight away.”

Another case of sideways flying prototypes?

Terry - Unregistered

June 18, 2009 2:55 PM

Wims wrote: "Another case of sideways flying prototypes?"

Well, if it weren't for the massive runoff and where Treluyer went off long before the apex, this car might have gone over the fencing the way it was flying. Not Mercedes-Benz style flapping in the wind projectile, but definitely airborne.

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