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2012 N24h: Porsche-Renault finish line chaos

May 21st, 2012 Posted in 24 hour race, Porsche, Renault

Porsche-Renault finish line crash at Nurburgring 24 hour race

We’ve already reported on the dramatic finish to yesterday’s Nürburgring 24 hour race which saw the #11 Manthey Porsche crashed into by the #169 Renault Clio. The incident happened with just seconds remaining on the 24 hour countdown.

However, as the winning car was still some 30 seconds away the race was not officially over. It’s being speculated that the Porsche driver was concerned he would run out of fuel and so pulled to the side of the track. It had been in a battle for third place, but as the car was unable to officially cross the line under its own steam it registers as a DNF.

Unfortunately the news is just as bad for the Clio. It was leading its class at the time and only needed to complete one more lap to make that position official. Instead both cars effectively raced for the 24 hours but left with nothing more than an expensive repair bill.

A brief video of the crash can be seen after the break. Sport auto has a very good sequence of photos too, showing the moments prior to and after the crash, including the winning Audi crossing the finish line in the background.

[via Bridge to Gantry | Pic: sport auto]

  1. 4 Responses to “2012 N24h: Porsche-Renault finish line chaos”

  2. By robbo on May 21, 2012

    If the manthey porsche was truly out of fuel he should have had his hazard lights on and pulled onto the grass on the edge of the track. Why on earth did they think they could park on the racing line? You can also point the finger at the clio, but I think after 24 hours and coming to the finish line they would have been concentrating on whether they were finishing or had to do another lap. The driver was probably on the radio or looking for pit board etc. IMHO trhe blame in this incident is purely on the porsche who should have pulled off the tarmac onto the the grass

  3. By Liam on May 21, 2012

    Tend to agree Robbo. Regardless of the reasons and/or blame, it’s just heartbreaking to see two cars fail to finish like that so close to the end. I can’t begin to imagine how the two teams involved are feeling.

  4. By Tiaan on May 22, 2012

    While Robbo has a point, this is also an insight into the effects of fatigue and split concentration at the end of such a long race. That renault had a vast amount of time to see the P-car in front of him, but failed to. Where was he looking?

    It is also understandable that the Porsche driver would not have thought to put on his hazards while thinking about fuel & strategy etc.

    Fatigue like that can hinder even the most simple of tasks….

  5. By Gary on May 23, 2012

    Fault is 100% with the Clio driver

    Its not established why the 911 stopped but he crossed the finish line before the 24hrs was up anyway so stopping shortly afterwards would still have left him unclassified as he needed the extra lap.

    It was an odd and unfortunate situation for all parties

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