Le Mans » 'Maybe it needs a catastrophe to make them react'

Following the terrifying high-speed accident suffered by his Audi team-mate Mike Rockenfeller, Romain Dumas has hit out at the differences in ability between Le Mans' professional drivers and its amateurs

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Lachie - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 2:17 AM

Dumas should stand back and have a proper look at the footage as the ferrari did not hit rockenfella at all he came up on him and the ferrari strted to come over but the audi then went obasive across the kerb two wheels on the dirt then spun infront of the ferrari, the ferrari did not hit him at all.

Huckabrew - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 2:50 AM

@lachie, you should watch the footage again as well. If you do you'll notice a GT that doesn't recognize the white headlights of a prototype coming up behind it on the straight as he approaches the kink, is oblivious of the flashing lights as it gets closer, didn't pay attention as Rocky established inside position before the kink, and then took the normal line as if it was the only car out there. No driving standard on the planet would call any of that acceptable or excusable

Firefly - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 3:00 AM

The GT is supposed to take the normal line. It's been talked about at length on Eurosport, the slower cars are encouraged to always just take the racing line, the prototypes should be the ones finding a way around.

Rocky made just a tiny error of judgment, and it cost him dearly.

TooBored - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 3:08 AM

I'm with firefly, this is not F1 or sprint races or anything by the FIA. This is lemans and the rules clearly states it's the responsibility of the faster car to overtake. Lemans is a very unique track where the some rules of regular track racing dont apply. If you dont like go watch something else.

Spiney - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 6:53 AM

It would appear that the Ferrari driver has been disqualified because he had failed to observe 10 flashing blue lights. - Now that surely say's
that he should have been aware that someone faster was sneaking up on him.
Respect to all these drivers tho'

Pedro Correia - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 9:35 AM

Well, about the flashing lights of the Audi, they are so bright and strong and the driver are flashing them about 500m before reaching other cars, it's hard to realise how close they are, as the diesel engine doesn't make such a big noise! And what about McNish? An amateur too? Didn't saw the Ferrari? Think before complaining Audi Boys... this is a 56 cars race, not a 6 cars race!

racer - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 10:51 AM


No, McNish isn't an amateur, that's the whole point, he was another victim of the less than professional GT drivers that fail to yield to blue flags, fail to notice the color of the headlights flashing behind him and fail to realize LMP's have a 70km/h advantage.

The engine noise is also a non issue. I take it you've never been inside a race car -- it's unbelievably loud in there, obnoxiously loud diff, gearbox and an engine roaring right behind your ears without any sound deading at all, it's IMPOSSIBLE to hear another car unless he is right in front of you and you are sniffing his exhaust. You have to use earplugs just to make it to the end of the race without going deaf, so you can't hear ANYTHING, even if it's a Corvette, which are clearly the loudest cars on the grid. During the night you can hear the Corvette's thunderous roar from literally the other side of the track.

I know Le Mans is open to amateurs, but they should be GENTLEMAN drivers, not some 2fast2furious wann

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