Coronel Crash Hurts Spyker

Team Spyker Squadron suffered the cruellest luck in the first half of tonight's second qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, after the team's C8 Spyder had a sizeable accident that will stop it driving again before the final qualifying session comes to an end at midnight

Coronel Crash Hurts Spyker

Tom Coronel had been at the wheel and was negotiating the Porsche Curves when the throttle jammed open, leaving him as a passenger when it ploughed off in the second part of the corner, hitting the barriers on the right of the track, then the left and the right again.

Fortunately for the Dutch team, Coronel and teammates Donny Crevels and Peter van Merksteijn have all covered the required number of laps to qualify, albeit in yesterday's wet then damp qualifying session.

Crevels was philosophical about the incident: "There was nothing that Tom could do. I reckon that we should be able to have the damage fixed in time for the race start at 16:00 on Saturday afternoon.

"This accident was a real shame as I reckon the car was good enough for us to be fourth or fifth fastest in GT2."

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