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2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Fastest Lap:
Duval, 3m24.189
2012 season:

The image of a Toyota prototype flipping through the air and slamming hard into a tyre barrier will be the lasting image of the 80th Le Mans 24 hours. That Anthony Davidson escaped with ‘only’ two cracked vertebrae was remarkable given the accident’s violence. once again the focus will fall on amateur drivers and their ability to race on the grande dame of all tracks. In an accident reminiscent of Mike Rockenfeller’s last year, Davidson was sideswiped when Italian Piergiuseppe Perazzini failed to spot the Toyota TS030 hybrid as it sliced down the inside of his ferrari 458 italia at the fast kink on the approach to mulsanne Corner.

As Perazzini crawled away from his wrecked car, Davidson worked his way out of his cramped cockpit, but then slumped back in shock and pain. after a long wait, there was relief all around when news filtered back that his injuries were not as serious as they might have been. He was tweeting from his hospital bed long before the race was run.