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[24 h of Le Mans 2011] Allan McNish escapes huge shunt


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Only just now saw this on the TV news: During the opening hour of the 24 h of Le Mans Allan McNish hit one of the smaller cars while lapping it and went hard into the barriers. Video:

Luckily McNish as well as spectators and photographers escaped unhurt.

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**** me, the car was so close to going over the tyre barrier, then there certainly would have been some fatalities.

Surprised none of press + marshals were hurt, although had to LOL at the photographer running away from the tyre.

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**** me, the car was so close to going over the tyre barrier, then there certainly would have been some fatalities.

Surprised none of press + marshals were hurt, although had to LOL at the photographer running away from the tyre.

And then a little later in the video( after it shows the pit reactions) he is running back to get photos of the crash.

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Racing cars are super safe these days, yes. But something really needs to be done about that tyre wall/barrier, or keep photographers away. That cameraman was about a foot away from a serious injury. It's great that cars are designed to disintegrate to absorb some of the energy in a crash but it also means a lot of high velocity bodywork flying all over the place and that isn't good for everyone else. The driver is paid to take the risk, the spectators aren't.

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Wow, amazing testimony to the safety construction of these car to able to get out these types accidents unhurt.

roll cages are amazing things... unreal crash. glad everyone is alright.

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