Video: Safety car causes disaster at the 2011 LMS season

Typically, a Safety Car is used to keep all of the race cars participating in the event SAFE - hence the name -, but this past weekend Audi’s Safety Car did everything but the one task it was designed to do. At the start of the 2011 LMS season at Le Castellet, the Audi Safety Car was still on the track when the green light appeared and the racers began their competitive journey.

As angry as some may have been for the not-so-speedy Safety Car and the unfortunate pileup that ensued, Audi isn’t actually to blame. The organizers opted for an additional parade lap for the Audi, but failed to communicate this decision to all of the teams. The result was a clash and bang of metal.

Some of the vehicles destroyed were the Porsche GT3 RSR models from teams like Felbermayr-Proton, ProSpeed, and Imsa. Porsche works driver, Richard Leitz, commented by saying, "After the formation lap, the lights were already green, but because of the packed field it wasn’t possible to register that the safety car hadn’t yet left the track. Suddenly I was torpedoed from the left and pushed into the wall. I had no chance to avoid the accident

We would say enjoy the video, but no one could seriously do so considering its content. We’re just wondering who will have to pay for all the damages?


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  (427) posted on 07.22.2011

Audi done a great job for winning! HAHA. The drivers lose their focus. I agree with that one. They must avoid this kind of things. This can cause serious accidents for the car. Fortunately, the Audi is fine.

  (341) posted on 06.21.2011

Oh that was such a failure. Knowing that these top of the line sportscars were said to be more functional. I cannot still believed upon watching this clip that lead to clashes of metals around the track.

  (727) posted on 04.29.2011

I do believe that this thing is just a sort of miscommunication. I really don’t know much about racing but I do believe that focus is the most important and once distracted then its over.

  (273) posted on 04.11.2011

I don’t know if I could actually laugh while watching those super cars chased the Audi or feel pity to those car that crashed due to distraction made by the Audi.

  (553) posted on 04.11.2011

haha. And the winner is..(drum beating) Audi Safety car! Oh yeah! Audi ruined the whole race. no wonder if i saw this car full off bruised after the race smiley

  (473) posted on 04.11.2011

Well, this one is definitely a rather ironic incident. Considering how much they have hyped up the safety car, it ended up ruining the start of the race.

  (442) posted on 04.8.2011

One thing I can’t understand is why they let the Audi run another lap without notifying first the teams about that. It should have a standard procedure.

  (692) posted on 04.7.2011

Well, whatever we say, the whole mess has already happened. All they can do now is make sure that it won’t happen again. Thank goodness though, that the Audi wasn’t damage.

  (368) posted on 04.7.2011

Yeah, the whole incident is not the fault of the Audi. After all, it only followed instructions to go around another lap. The organizers should have checked first before giving the go signal.

  (579) posted on 04.6.2011

haha. Well, I find this car kind of funny, if you are going to watch the video. The first two, car that crashed is a meter away from the Audi. So, I don’t think that the blame should be put on it. However, as the race continues, that’s the time that I find this car is destructive in the race. Nevertheless, I think it’s just a failed communication with the car’s team and the one who’s responsible for the solo parade of Audi.

  (534) posted on 04.6.2011

Well, whatever happens, this one would still be a good lesson for the folks who run the Le Mans. They should really be more organized here.

  (612) posted on 04.6.2011

Yeah, he probably would be suspended, or worse, fired from the job. But they really need to work on the race guidelines more to ensure that this won’t be happening again.

  (25) posted on 04.5.2011

It’s sure that the person who is responsible for informing the racers and the safety car driver must have had a hell lot from the organizers and others. After all the damage is not small in such an event.

  (25) posted on 04.5.2011

A complete communication mishap, and the result? Such mistake are pricey and I suppose the organizers are responsible as it clearly shows the reason for the accident is due to their mismanagement.

  (708) posted on 04.5.2011

Yeah,i don’t think that the Audi Safety Car should be blame on the accident because it usually happened.

  (460) posted on 04.5.2011

Well, it’s obviously the organizers’ fault. They should have notified the teams first before they let the Audi go another lap to avoid that.

  (340) posted on 04.5.2011

Well, that one is certainly the first. This is indeed a bad start for the Le Mans season this year, they ought to get the organizers to fix this immediately.

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