Loic Duval admits he is "pleased to see the back of this year" after his horror crash in practice for Le Mans in June.

During the Wednesday practice session, Duval suffered a huge crash at the Porsche Curves which saw him hospitalised overnight with cuts and bruises and eventually not race for three months due to issues with his vision. Duval says his form for the rest of the season was affected by the unplanned break and he's looking forward to a fresh start in 2015.

"From the team's point of view, we achieved our main objective, which was victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours," Duval said. "Holding on to the world title proved to be more difficult, but we must congratulate Toyota for their great work. We made certain set-up decisions specifically for Le Mans that were most effective to secure the win there.

"As for me, I admit I am quite pleased to see the back of this year! My accident during free practice at Le Mans certainly marred my season and caused me to miss the most important race of the year. Throughout my recovery, I was unable to race, so my results this season were compromised. It was a difficult time for me, but thanks to the unfailing support of Audi Sport Team Joest I quickly got back behind the wheel and am more determined than ever to fly the flag for this fantastic group of people.

"Next season will be tough, especially because our opponents are gaining more and more experience. But we will do the same, and learn from the difficulties we faced this year. The team and myself are more ambitious than ever to succeed, particularly at Le Mans, which is once again our number one motivation."

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