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Dumas: Maybe it needs a catastrophe to make them react

“It's not a problem of visibility. If someone turns into you on the straight, what can you do? It wasn't Mike's fault; it's simply a problem of the level [of ability]. The trouble is, clearly, that at those speeds, the track is unforgiving. Perhaps we need to wait for a catastrophe to get something done about it.

“The race is spoiled, but there's still an Audi in the fight. It's a shame, because the cars are quick, but bad luck seems to be on our side. These kinds of situation are definitely not due to driver error from our drivers, but that's racing.”

Kauffman was subsequently disqualified from the race for ten times failing to observe flashing blue lights to indicate that he was about to be lapped.

by Russell Atkins

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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

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.

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