Allan McNish – the leading Le Mans driver with Audi and friend to Richard’s F1 – was lucky to walk away from this enormous accident in the opening hour of this weekend’s iconic Le Mans 24 Hours.
Piloting the #3 Audi R18 in the opening hour of the race at the La Sarthe circuit, McNish was attempting to overtake team-mate Timo Bernhard at the Dunlop Corner, only to clip the #58 Ferrari 458 of Anthony Beltoise.
McNish’s out-of-control Audi hurtled across the gravel trap and became airborne before slamming into the Armco barriers. The accident was so violent that debris were launched into a spectators’ area and photographers’ gallery area.
Marshals had to right the R18 before McNish was able to clamber from the car. He was taken to the circuit’s medical centre and was later discharged without any injuries.
McNish was sharing his car with Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.