GT Aston Martin leaves Le Mans after a dramatic rollover crash

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GT Aston Martin leaves Le Mans after a rollover crash24 Hours of Le Mans / Twitter

Next year, Heart of Racing will drive two Aston Martin Valkyries in the top class of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship. The American team is running one GT3 car this year and that race ended dramatically.

The crash started when driver Daniel Mancinelli moved his Aston Martin to the still damp outside line of the fast right corner before Indianapolis. Mancinelli created space for a Ferrari hypercar to pass, but it drifted onto the wet track at high speed and started to slide out. He then lost control as the car skidded along the wet paint of the nearby drainage area. That led to a hard collision with the barrier in Indianapolis itself, an impact that caused the car to roll onto its roof before coming to a stop.

A full safety car period was immediately declared. Mancinelli was able to climb out quickly under his own power, leaving a car that was on the first lap in GT3 at the time stuck upside down in the inside drain area of ​​the next corner after the one where his crash started. Heart of Racing’s attempt at Le Mans this year is over.

It was the second hard blow in the same barrier in the past hour. Before Heart of Racing’s crash, No. 4 Porsche Penske Motorsports driver Felipe Nasr lost control from the inside line in the same corner. He tried to save the slide, but that correction led his Porsche 963 hard into the inside wall. That ended the race for Porsche’s third factory car, but the team’s No. 6 is still in the lead and sister car No. 5 is still in contention further back in the field.

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