Le Mans » Davidson: I was in an aeroplane out of control


Anthony Davidson admits he was lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in his Le Mans 24 Hours accident on Saturday evening.

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JOHN - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 4:37 PM

Yes these speeds are the stuff of airplanes. A 737 (and most planes) takes of at about 150mph or thereabouts...Anyone surviving should be thanking their lucky stars.

fairlyoldguy - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 4:41 PM

The clip of the flying Toyota has been played over and over here in the US...get well wishes to Mr. Davidson are in order. And also compliments to the Toyota engineers. The car protected Davidson really well. Ten years ago this would have been a fatal accident. Finally, the Le Mans organizers just might re-think the qualifications for "amateur" drivers. They appear to get into the path of the fast cars and drivers too often!

Tony Ward - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 7:48 PM

Perazzini admitted afterwards he had seen the Toyota. For crying out loud ban him for a year or two FIA - just plain stupid and could have resulted in a fatal accident. He has some experience but obviously not enough to mix it with the big boys..........

cas - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 8:18 PM

Ant Davidson is a bad ass, plane* and simple, Oh I broke my back? three months you say? ha I say three weeks! and if its not done I'll pull it out and put another thats more capable in there!

*pun intended lol

seriously though (other than him being a bad ass that's a given!) having a broken back isnt a couple of week thing, its a long painful road to recovery, I hope he does only have three weeks before its 90% back to normal

he better be in valencia for the f1 though, at least he can balance out Damon Hill and his collection of camp stances

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 11:11 PM

The driver of the Ferrari must have "Total Tunnel Vision" not to have seen or sensed the Toyota overtaking him - furthermore, he cannot have used his mirror in the run up to the last kink either.
Something must be done to gauge the competence of drivers at Le Mans to prevent this type of accident!!

Fred BISHOP - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 1:04 AM

First mistake of motorsports overtaking, dont assume that the other drive has seen you.
I am sure Davidson has now learnt that, it was also his fault.
Perhaps the slower cars should be fitted with a buzzer or some sort of flashing dash light when a much faster vehicle is closing in and prepare them to look in mirrors etc
ITS A GENIUS IDEA I TELL YA!

Sports Car Fan - Unregistered

June 21, 2012 4:22 AM

Yes the Ferrari driver admitted he had seen the Toyota in his mirror but also said that when he looked the Toyota appeared behind him (which it probably was at the time) and he didn't expect the Toyota to dive up the inside at that point. With the speed difference being somewhere like 30 or 40km/h and the fact you are manhandling your own 1300kg racing machine at over 300km/h there is FAR too much blame being placed on the Ferrari. Alan McNish said in his accident he expected the driver to stay right and he didn't and THAT is the problem. The LMP drivers are expecting the other drivers to do one particular thing instead of expecting that they could do anything. If Davidson had waited 5 more seconds he could've easily dived up under brakes in Mulsanne but he was too focused on trying not to lose time to the Audi's.

Yes the Ferrari should've left room one he saw the Toyota was there, but if Davidson had lifted his right foot for maybe 2 seconds, who knows where he might've finished, but

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