British drivers and cars had a bright start at Le Mans – but then there were some torrid moments.
The most torrid of all was the crash endured by Anthony Davidson at the Mulsanne Corner, while in contention for the lead. He was passing a much slower Ferrari running in the lowest class, GTE-Am (for amateur drivers), when the Ferrari appeared to move across the track and sideswipe him. It is not clear if the Ferrari driver Piergiuseppe Perazzini simply failed to see Davidson. Davidson's Toyota took off and sailed through the air, looking terrifyingly like a paper plane, before crashing into the barrier.