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Miller: I’m not sure what happened

14 June 2010

American racer Bryce Miller admits he is unsure what caused the accident that forced the JMW Motorsport team to retire from the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Miller teamed with Rob Bell and Tim Sugden at the wheel of the #92 Aston Martin Vantage for the race, with the trio starting 13th in the GT2 class after brake issues during qualifying.

Having worked their way into the top ten before a steering pump failure caused a delay in the pits, the team was attempting to climb back up the order when Miller crashed exiting the Porsche Curves, with the car too damaged to continue.

"Unfortunately, our race efforts started to unravel around 8:30pm," Miller said. "Rob was pulling some great times in the Vantage, but we became sidelined in the garage for 30-plus minutes while the team repaired a broken steering pump that contributed to an off for Rob. He drove the car back to the pits as best he could with limited visibility due to the steering fluid on the windshield, which later contributed to another off and stop that I had to make after the car was repaired. Otherwise the steering appeared okay after the repair and I was coming to the car after the stop.

"At the end of my stint, two laps before our next pit stop, I had an impact with the wall at the end of the Porsche Curves that ended our race. I sustained a pretty good concussion and am quite confused about the events leading up to the accident. The car had managed to get 'way offline and then veered back in the opposite direction of the next corner towards the wall for what was almost a direct head-on impact of 25 to 30Gs. My doctor says it is normal at an impact like this to not remember the exact moments leading up to such a severe incident, but I cannot assume anything before knowing what happened.

“The next days will be important for me to review data and talk with the team about the car's condition in a hope that there may be something I can learn or take from what has happened."


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