Virginia USC: Porsche driver Lietz to return home after breaking arm
|Saturday, August 23rd 2014, 18:43 GMT|
Porsche factory GT driver Richard Lietz has been diagnosed with a fractured arm after a crash in practice for this weekend's Virginia International Raceway United SportsCar round.
Lietz's CORE Autosport-run Porsche 911 went off at VIR's second corner in practice, and was then hit by Jan Magnussen's Corvette.
Magnussen was convinced that another car had dropped fluid on the track in the braking area, causing both GTLM cars to crash moments apart.
Lietz was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and then had his fracture treated.
He was released on Saturday afternoon and will now travel to Austria for surgery.
Lietz had been due to share his car with Nick Tandy in Sunday's USC round, in which GTLM is the headline category as the Prototype class is not part of the VIR bill.
Corvette managed to repair Magnussen's car in time for his co-driver Antonio Garcia to qualify sixth. The duo currently lead the GTLM championship.