Audi was in position to win the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 11th time, with its cars in the top four spots Sunday morning after 280 laps.
Its main rival, Toyota, fell out of contention after its two cars retired.
At 4:38 the #3 Audi lost control in the first chicanes while approaching a slower vehicle, and hit the tire wall very hard. Driver Romain Dumas was not injured; he leapt out, tore off the damaged bodywork, and limped back to the pits.[Video]
British driver Anthony Davidson survived a spectacular crash at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race on Saturday when his Toyota collided with a Ferrari, the clash sending his car airborne and out of the event.
The incident happened in the fifth hour [Video]
The Nissan DeltaWing racing car retired from the Le Mans 24 Hours race after a collision with another car. A Toyota prototype bumped the dart-shaped Nissan off the track at the tight, difficult Porsche Curves. The team bowed out after six hours and 1,005 kilometers traveled. [Video]