LeMans » Kristensen: I expected more from a professional


An angry Tom Kristensen has expressed his disappointment at being forced off the road early into the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours when he came upon the slow BMW of Andy Priaulx - who he claims unexpectedly changed his line in the Porsche Curves right at the last minute

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Wolfy35

June 12, 2010 11:41 PM

Ummmm Changed direction unexpectedly???

Would that be the time that Andy Priaux obeyed the blue flags that were being waved at him and moved off of the racing line to allow Kristensen through?

consuela - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 9:24 AM

@Wolfy35:you can't be more wrong. The general code of endurance racing tell the slow car to maintain its position on the track so that the faster car can find its way around

Bruce Joelson

June 13, 2010 3:31 PM

Priaulux had difficulty in controlling his car with that flat.The fault of the incident must clearly be on the car that is behind (Kristensen).Always the car behind MUST be in 'proper' control coming up to a slower one.He could have easily slowed down,there was time to do this. Did he see the blue flag followed immediately by a white one? I don't think so.The events were all too close together but no excuses for not moving his right foot onto the the stop pedal in time and then moving right.He made a wrong choice of direction under the circumstances, not an uncommon mistake even by the best drivers.A racing incident for sure!

Wolfy35

June 13, 2010 10:50 PM

@ consuela

F.I.A. Rules on blue flag state that in all sanctioned events a driver shown a blue flag to indicate that a faster car is approaching should at the earliest possible chance concede position to allow a faster car to overtake.

It is true that there has always been an understanding at LeMans that a car should hold position and allow the faster car to overtake but Priaux may not have known this and therefore would have done what is required at all other events.
This incident was a shame because it cost the car a chance to fight for a win but maybe this highlights a need for rules to be constant about flags across all forms of motorsport to prevent this happening again.

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