Le Mans » Rockenfeller: I owe Audi my life


Mike Rockenfeller praises Audi after surviving high-speed shunt at Le Mans

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jimmy - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 1:58 PM

An unbelievable story! Two cars destroyed, the third one wins. Only Le Mans can bring such drama. And the safety of modern racers is unbelievable.

James Montgomery

June 13, 2011 3:37 PM

I had feared that I had whitnessed a Fatal accident with Mcnish's car thinking that the car had gone into people... yet somehow no one was hurt..... then saw Rocky's and had a disturbing resemblance to Jo Bonnier's crash 40 years ago....... this is a testimant to modern machinery and how safe it is. Glad to see Rocky walk away from this and no one died... this started off a great weekend of motor-racing drama!

aeolus

June 13, 2011 3:46 PM
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One could sense the apprehension in the Audi pits after the accident. With all that flying CF, it didn't seem that anyone could survive the crash let alone be able to exit the car and jump a barrier right after. No wonder Mike is grateful to Audi. As for that Ferrari driver he should never again be allowed to race anywhere.

richard

June 13, 2011 7:05 PM

watching the crash on replay, the ferrari held a continual straight line as he was required to do. the car also qualified within the set time parameters laid down in the regs. so i cannot see how the driver can be blamed. the mais problem was the difference in speeds, something that has been brought up time and time again.
although i like gt racing and prototype racing, the two do not belong together.

racefan - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 8:49 PM

@richard,
I'm guessing what you really meant was that the Ferrari held his race line. He clearly began to veer onto the right lane as Rocky started to pass him but that may have been his normal racing line because he was approaching a right hand kink. The is really nothing markedly different this year compared to previous with regards to difference is speeds. If anything, the difference is lesser because the ACO keeps restricting the diesels' performance

Baz82 - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 9:55 PM

Thank god for the closed cockpits. i cant imagine how both of those crashes would of ended if the cars had been the traditional open cockpit like the Audi used

aeolus

June 13, 2011 9:59 PM

@richard...one of the drivers, can't remember which, commented that it was not necessary for the Ferrari driver to apex the turn at this location. Mark R. blinked his lights to let him know he was about to pass. Waltrip commented on how scary it was to have a prototype coming like a bullet from behind and the slower cars have to be attentive to whats happening around them. It's no place for amateurs.

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