Aston Martin building new car for Le Mans after test day crash

Aston Martin is working to build a new Vantage GTE for the Le Mans 24 Hours after Marco Sorensen's monster shunt during the official pre-race test on Sunday

Aston Martin building new car for Le Mans after test day crash

The #95 second-generation GTE Pro class Vantage was heavily damaged in the accident, but the Aston Martin Racing team is aiming to have a brand new car ready for its scrutineering slot next Monday.

AMR managing director John Gaw told Autosport: "We have the test car we could use or we can build up a new one around a spare chassis, and that's what we've decided to do.

"It's preferable to have a fresh car for the race and we also want to keep the test car as a test car."

Gaw explained Aston would not be able to ascertain if the crashed chassis was a write-off until it arrives back in the UK.

All four corners were removed in the crash, which happened at the first of the flat-out kinks between Mulsanne and Indianapolis corners towards the end of the morning session of the test day.

Sorensen, who shares the car with Nicki Thiim and Darren Turner, was able to exit the Aston unaided before being given a clean bill of health at the circuit medical centre.

The shunt was triggered when the Aston Martin came together with the SMP Racing Dallara-Gibson P217 LMP2 car driven by Harrison Newey, son of Formula 1 design legend Adrian.

It is understood that there was no footage of the incident, which happened when both were overtaking a GTE Am class Porsche, on the circuit's security cameras.

Race officials have penalised the two drivers for an "unsafe manoeuvre during overtaking" under the FIA International Sporting Code.

Both have been given suspended one-minute stop-go penalties for the race, which will not be applied unless there is a repeat infringement.

The second AMR GTE Pro entry continued running for the rest of the day and ended up more than five seconds off the pace.

shares
comments
Toyota: Rebellion, SMP are 'very serious competitors' at Le Mans
Previous article

Toyota: Rebellion, SMP are 'very serious competitors' at Le Mans

Next article

Derek Bell: Why Toyota is 'brave' to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours

Derek Bell: Why Toyota is 'brave' to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022
The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory Plus

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

WEC
Jun 1, 2022
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Plus

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022
The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche Plus

The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche

Yifei Ye came within one lap of winning the LMP2 class on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut last year, and his eye-catching 2021 has gained Porsche’s interest. With the German manufacturer preparing for a return to the top tier, the Chinese youngster is on the path to join it

WEC
Apr 14, 2022
How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance Plus

How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance

Toyota’s stranglehold on the World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions

WEC
Mar 21, 2022
Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Plus

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC
Mar 17, 2022