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Davidson’s Toyota Flips In The Air During Le Mans Crash: Video

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The number 8 Toyota TS030 LMP1 being driven by Britain’s Anthony Davidson suffered a major a crash just before the five-hour mark of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race taking place this weekend.

As the video shows, the Toyota hybrid came into contact with a Ferrari 458 Italia competing in the GTE class and being driven by Piergiuseppe Perrazini at the time.

Davidson appears to have been attempting to pass Perazzini on the approach to Mulsanne Corner, before the crash ends up sending his Toyota through the air and eventually into a tire barrier.

The Ferrari then crashed just a few feet away, into the same barrier.

Doctors at the circuit have confirmed that Davidson is suffering from shock and fractures to some vertebrae, though he was walking and talking with no problems earlier. Perrazini was very lucky, managing to walk away from the crash with only a few bruises.

2012 Toyota TS030 Le Mans Prototype

2012 Toyota TS030 Le Mans Prototype

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Sadly for Toyota, its return to Le Mans after more than a decade ended at just the 11th hour of the race.

An impressive start to the team’s first race saw the Toyota hybrids fighting at the front, reaching a pinnacle when Nicolas Lapierre, sharing the number 7 with Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima, took the lead as the six-hour mark approached.

However, the team’s joy was ended only seconds later due to Davidson’s crash. A safety car period followed the crash and, when the green flags waved, Kazuki in the number 7 fought for the lead. Unfortunately, he was also unlucky and made contact with another car, causing a puncture and rear bodywork damage.

That began a challenging period for the team, with several problems losing the number 7 significant time in the pits as the crew worked hard to achieve the target of finishing the race.However, an engine failure after 10-and-a-half hours forced the difficult decision to retire the car and end Toyota’s Le Mans return prematurely.
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  1. It must have run away with him.
     
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  2. If you watch the video properly Davidsons Toyota and the Ferrari were after the same spot of track causing the Toyota to slew round - the fin on the back acted asa giant air brake causing inverse lift on the back side leading to the cars flip.

    It was not just as you put it 'the car just ran away with him"
     
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  3. Cars flips are always terrible things to happen, both to be in a car and to watch it. In the races like that when you should be very attentive for hours, one blink of an eye can change everything.
     
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