Guillaume Moreau has been ruled out of the Le Mans 24 Hours following an accident during Sunday's official test day for the French classic later this month.
Moreau, who was scheduled to share the #15 OAK Racing Pescarolo-Judd with Bertrand Baguette and Dominik Kraihamer, suffered spinal injuries when he was involved in an accident at the Porsche Curves.
While surgery has already taken place, Moreau will definatley miss the race, with a recovery period of 'several months' expected.
“Following a severe accident at the exit of the karting track corner towards the end of Sunday morning's session, Guillaume Moreau has suffered a serious but partial injury to his spinal cord's twelfth vertebra,” the team said in a statement. “Guillaume has since undergone an emergency operation performed by Professor Olivier Lucas at the University Hospital of Angers' Neurosurgery Department. It was crucial to quickly reduce pressure around the spinal cord following the fracture.
“Although the operation went well, it will be several months before his level of recovery can be fully assessed. The thoughts of the entire team are with Guillaume and his family at this difficult time.”
There has been no word yet on who will replace Moreau for the race.