Audi suffered their second major accident of the 24 Hours of Le Mans when Mike Rockenfeller crashed out in the seventh hour.
Rockenfeller was lying third in the #1 Audi R18 TDI when he looked to come together with a Ferrari on the stretch between Mulsanne Corner and Indianapolis.
Rockenfeller moved past the Ferrari but then veered sharply left and slammed straight into the armco barrier at great speed. The car was barely recognisable following the crash and led to a lengthy safety car period as marshals worked to repair the barriers.
Fortunately, the German driver did not suffer any serious injury and managed to get out of the car with help from the marshals. He was taken to the circuit's medical centre and then to hospital but reports from the team confirmed he was ok overall.
With Allan McNish crashing out in the first hour of the race, Audi were left running just one car in the race but there was no hint that the team would withdraw the #2 T18 TDI of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer, who at midnight and after
nine hours of racing, were leading the three factory Peugeots.