Juan Pablo Montoya 'ran out of talent' in incident on Le Mans debut

Juan Pablo Montoya says he "ran out of talent" when he went off and hit the tyre wall on his first experience of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Juan Pablo Montoya 'ran out of talent' in incident on Le Mans debut

The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and seven-time Formula 1 race winner went off at the Indianapolis corner, nosing his United Autosports Ligier into the barrier.

Montoya had to sit and wait in the car to be extracted from the gravel trap, losing a huge amount of time to his class rivals and causing a slow zone to be enforced on that section of the circuit.

"I made a mistake and I ran wide at Indianapolis, just understeered off," he admitted.

"It was really close, and just got on the brakes and locked them up and ran out of talent."

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United Autosports team boss Richard Dean said there was almost no damage to the car, despite a tweaked nose.

"I think he just locked up and went straight on, that's what he said on the radio," said Dean. "He was pretty annoyed with himself.

"He damaged the nose, it was a quick change. We lost the time getting him out of the wall. Pace was quite good, right on target.

"We had some niggly problems early that cost us a lap, but it's not the worst thing in the world."

The #32 car rejoined with Hugo de Sadeleer at the wheel, and now runs 12th in class, two laps off the lead.

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