French racing driver Frédéric Makowiecki crashed his n99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 after he lost control of the steering wheel during the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Makowiecki walked away from the crash and according to the first reports, he is not injured.
The French pilot was exiting first chicane when his Aston speared left into the safety barriers before rebounding back into the middle of the road.
Makowiecki’s crash triggered the safety car, and it appears this is the 10th safety car this year – a record for race under Safety cars here at LeMans.
He was #19 in the overall classement and #3 in the GTE Pro class.
We remind you that this year, the racing community lost a pilot – Dane Allan Simonsen died yesterday, just ten minutes after the start of the race as his Aston Martin racing car smashed into the safety barriers at the Tertre Rouge bend. Incredibly, Simonsen was reported to be OK and talking with the safety team, but died shortly after he was transported to the hospital for further investigations.
His death is the first Le Mans 24 Hours fatality since Sebastien Enjolras was killed in an accident during pre-qualifying heats in 1997.
Simonsen’s teammate, Scottish driver Jamie Campbell-Walter said his family want the team to carry on in the race.