Published on 26 Jun 2013 by Adriano
The Audi Sport Team Joest with drivers Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval won the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans with the groundbraking Audi R18 e-tron quattro, a hybrid prototype built for this race and equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 TDI turbocharged diesel engine and a flywheel accumulator system for energy delivering the power to the front wheels via an electric motor.
Unfortunately the race has been marred by the death of Danish driver Allan Simonsen on the opening stages of the event, and that prevented everyone from celebrating the winners and the sport in general the way it was supposed to, but a few smiles showed up anyway when the Ferrari 458 Italia of the AF Corse Team - taking part in the GTE Pro category with drivers Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Matteo Malucelli - had to pit in when there were still 3 hours and 45 minutes of race to go. At that point, the Italian squad was 22nd in the general standing and 5th in its class.
In a nutshell, driver Matteo Malucelli initially misinterpreted a communication from the mechanics, jumping off the pits prematurely and bringing the fuel pump and a technician with him. Then he let the engine of the Ferrari turn off, and finally - when he got the power back - he literally bumped in the Morgan Nissan of the Oak Racing team, resulting in one of the most clumsy accidents we have ever seen. However, the mishap did not stop to Fisichella, Bruni and Malucelli to finish sixth in their class.