24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – First withdrawal: #17 car forced to pull out after its accident
IDEC Sport has unfortunately withdrawn the #17 Oreca-Gibson from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car having suffered significant damage twice since Sunday.
The car shared by Dwight Merriman, Ryan Dalziel and Thomas Laurent, which was involved in an accident on Sunday then again during yesterday’s FP3 session, will not feature on Saturday’s starting grid. The team have been forced to abandon given the sale of repairs required after Merriman lost control of the black and blue prototype while braking in the Dunlop Chicane and crashed into the tyre barrier. Fortunately he came out of the accident unscathed but less can be said of the car.
IDEC Sport will now be pinning all its hopes on the #48 car driven by Lafargue, Chatin and Pilet.
The #17 is thus the first car to withdraw from the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans. That leaves 61 cars on the starting grid at 16:00 this Saturday.