McNish survives massive accident

Allan McNish has survived a huge accident that has put his #3 Audi out of this year's Le Mans 24 Hours and brought out the safety car

McNish survives massive accident

McNish was challenging team-mate Timo Bernhard for the lead when he dived down the inside at the right-hander after the Dunlop Bridge. He made it past Bernhard, but clipped the number 58 Ferrari 458 of Anthony Beltoise and was flicked across the gravel trap.

The car, which McNish was to share with Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, became airborne and smashed against the barriers, with some debris making it over the fence into a photographer's area.

The R18 TDI had to be righted before McNish could climb out. He has now been taken to the medical centre.

Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ulrich said: "The Ferrari touched the right rear of the Audi and it lost control.

"The good thing is he is out and it looks like he will be OK. The car is strong, but we don't want to prove it this way."

Capello added: "That was scary. It was a big shock for everyone and the first thought is for Allan.

"It is at a corner where you think there is enough run-off. In that kind of accident there is never enough run-off.

"Once I hear more I know I will be more relaxed. I want to forget the result of the race, I'm just waiting to hear about him. For me it is tough because it is questionable whether this is my last Le Mans. Fingers crossed for Allan."

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