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Old 05-07-2008, 07:36 PM
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Stéphane Ortelli escapes bad crash in 1,000 km of Monza; Oreca presses on

Stéphane Ortelli, in the # 5 Courage-Oreca LC70 Judd, had a bad crash in the 1,000 km of Monza on April 27th but came away with bruises and a minor fracture of his lower leg.

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YouTube - STEPHANE ORTELLI Faced Fear

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Stéphane Ortelli - Les archives - Les 1000 km de Monza le Mans Series bilan santé à Monaco

Oreca helped with the winning Mazda from the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans and also developed the dominating Viper GTS-R. Oreca purchased Courage Competition (supplied LC75s for the four Acura LMP2 teams in ALMS) last September.

COURAGE COMPETITION - site officiel - the official website

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Oreca's Chairman Hughes de Chaunac on the left with Ortelli at Monza



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Old 05-07-2008, 11:14 PM
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Yeah I saw this a day or two after it happened. That is one nasty looking accident I am glad to hear he was all right, that was quite bad. You know its bad when even SportsCenter shows a clip from a racing league other than IRL or NASCAR.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:54 AM
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he seems to be doing fine, it could have been much worse.
Here is another pic, (together with Soheil) showing him close to heat of the action as usual
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:17 AM
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That was a true demonstration of how well built these cars are. That could have been even worse had it been a few inches closer to that Audi. Glad to hear he's OK though. Whats the chances of him racing at Le Mans now? Reckon he'll drive regardless of his fitness?
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:41 AM
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I've heard he will miss Spa only and will take a Le Mans start.
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Good man.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:53 PM
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:31 PM
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What was the cause? It was a very oddly sharp turn before the car took off, with no visual cues I can see.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:42 PM
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What was the cause? It was a very oddly sharp turn before the car took off, with no visual cues I can see.
IIRC some part of the car broke and then he had the massive crash.
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From what I've heard it was his own breaking mistake - he turned the wheel too early and sharply, so he lost control.
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If I was driving that Audi that he narrowly missed, I would have stopped and seen if he needed help.
An accident like that isn't something that you just drive past.
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:12 AM
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Not clever to stop on a race track where others are liekly to then hit you
Secondly, getting out of a car unaided can take a whlie.
Finally, a driver isn't trained or prepared for an incident liek a marshal.
Unless there are huge flames, the best thing to do in a major accident is leave a driver in a car until a paramedic/doctor can evaluate and remove them
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Team Oreca Matmut boss has just said on TV that the reason of an accident was a broken rear wing, not Ortelli's mistake as I've heard before. He and a translator spoke at the same time, and the latter lost some points, but as far as I've heard, some GT car hit Ortelli's Courage 2 laps before an accident and damaged its wing.
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Team Oreca Matmut boss has just said on TV that the reason of an accident was a broken rear wing, not Ortelli's mistake as I've heard before. He and a translator spoke at the same time, and the latter lost some points, but as far as I've heard, some GT car hit Ortelli's Courage 2 laps before an accident and damaged its wing.
I thought people were saying that he had a massive brake lockup...strange for a wing failure to cause an incident like that.
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Initial indications had suggested that a brake problem caused Ortelli's car to spin and then become airborne, but Panis said the team now believed a wing problem was the culprit.

"We found what happened," he said. "It was the flap of the wing, the glue, I don't know what for, it came away.

"This happened when Ortelli was 70 metres before the braking area, so when he hit the brakes we saw on the data that already the downforce had disappeared.

"This spun his car and he went on to the grass. There were some bumps and this made the car take off.
autosport.com - Le Mans News: Ortelli expected to be fit for Le Mans
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