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WEC: Duval ready for Audi LMP1 return

Audi Sport's Loic Duval will return to WEC action in the United States for the first time since his horrifying crash at Le Mans.
Loic Duval says he is now fully-recovered from the after-effects of his huge shunt during practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which ruled him out of the endurance classic.

The Frenchman suffered a horrifying crash on the first day of free practice at the Porsche Curves, the high-speed impact destroying his Audi R18 e-tron and leading many to fear for his safety.

Remarkably, Duval suffered just a few grazes and though it was enough for him to sit out the remainder of the event, the injuries sustained were considered minor given the ferocity of the crash.

With a long break between Le Mans and the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Circuit of the Americas next month, Duval - who returned to the LMP1 cockpit during a test in Italy – says he cannot wait to get back to competitive action.

“I'm doing really well,” he said. “I've regularly had my progress checked at a hospital in Lausanne since June. In addition, your racing license is withdrawn following such a serious crash, but I've had it reinstated since then.

“The doctors, Audi and I agreed that I should take it easy. Therefore, my first race was the fourth round of the Super Formula at Motegi on August 24. A month before the WEC race at Austin, this run and the fourth place finish was a very good opportunity to prepare for my return to the R18 e-tron quattro.

“Four weeks ago, I began to extensively do sports again. So, by the time of the event at Austin, I will have been training for two full months. I'm already feeling completely fit again, physically and mentally.”

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