Audi's LMP chief Chris Reinke has told the team can be "proud" of the way its LMP1 car protected Loic Duval in his huge accident during practice at Le Mans.

Duval went over the concrete barrier and in to the catch fencing at high speed at the Porsche Curves on Wednesday, with the car being virtually destroyed in the incident. However, talking exclusively to in Le Mans, Reinke says the fact that Duval escaped serious injury is testament to the safety of the car the team has built.

"It's a big relief that Loic could walk away in the state he is now from the incident," Reinke said. "The guys who are in charge of calculating all these structures can be proud of it because they proved that they really take the responsibility that they carry each day very seriously that from an accident like that you could walk away."

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Asked if the cause of the accident appeared to have been Duval carrying too much speed in to the corner, Reinke admitted: "That's what it looks like at the moment, yes."

Despite the blow, Reinke says he has no doubts that reserve driver Marc Gene will be able to seamlessly slot in to the team and perform immediately.

"I'm fully confident, otherwise it wouldn't make sense for us to nominate ten drivers if not all of them would be up to speed. He was integrated in to the full test program, we even had the possibility to have him here, race-ready so that he already knows the track of this year due to his possibility of joining an LMP2 team. Otherwise it wouldn't make sense to nominate him."