McNish relieved after 'big accident'


Audi driver Allan McNish has recalled the moment he crashed out of 24 Hours of Le Mans and spoken of his disappointment to end the race so early.

McNish crashed heavily into the barriers near the Dunlop Bridge after his Audi R18 TDI collided with the Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Anthony Beltoise soon after it left the pitlane.

McNish spoke to Radio Le Mans after he had returned from hospital where he had undergone tests to make sure he was unhurt.

"I realised soon after the start [of the race] that the car balance was very good," he said. "I was in fourth pretty early on and pretty instantly quicker than the Peugeot in front of me."

Of the incident itself, McNish described the approach to the end of the pitlane, saying: "I kept to the inside and down the inside of the Ferrari that was just ahead. The first I knew about it was when I was spinning to the left-hand wall. Then I knew I was along for the ride.

"Obviously it was a very big accident but having had a check with the doctors and at the hospital, I've been given the all-clear.

"It's a big disappointment for the team, for Tom [Kristensen] and Dindo [Capello]. The car we had was really, really good. There's a flat feeling."

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