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Jota Porsche suffers spectacular crash whereas main Le Mans

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The #38 Jota Porsche 963 was comfortably main the race when Yifei Ye went too large on the Porsche Curves, hitting the tyre obstacles side-on.

Whereas the influence was comparatively small, it stripped off the whole rear bodywork of the Porsche, exposing its whole V8 twin-turbo engine.

Yifei was capable of carry the automotive he shares with Antonio Felix da Costa and Will Stevens again into the pits was restore, however it handed the lead of the race to the #51 Ferrari of Antonio Giovinazzi, with Miguel Molina operating second within the sister #50 499P entry.

The #38 Jota spent a complete of 20 minutes within the storage, earlier than rejoining the race in 14th place within the Hypercar class.


Talking on TV, Jota staff boss Dieter Gass revealed that Yifei was as a result of pit on the finish of the lap handy over the automotive to Stevens.

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Explaining the crash, Gass stated: “He stated he misplaced it below the braking within the Porsche corners after which clearly hit the tyre barrier and that made some fairly injury on the automotive.

“We clearly have seen the front-end and rear wing, and the engine cowl going off as effectively. And from what we have now seen the ‘elephant foot’ – the half behind the entrance wheel and the ahead a part of the ground.

“That is the extent of harm we are able to see thus far. Suspension appears to be okay, we hope. We are attempting to restore the bodywork after which we go once more.”

The #5 Porsche of Dane Cameron that had earlier bought as much as again of the Jota misplaced positions to the 2 Ferraris in separate off-track excurcions, earlier than being hit with a drive-through penalty for overtaking the Walkenhorst Ferrari GTE below the protection automotive.

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