LE MANS, France (June 12,
2004) - An unforeseen incident on lap 30 caused considerable damage
to the left front end of the #2 Audi R8 of Team ADT Champion Racing.
JJ Lehto, who started in 6th position and moved himself up to third
in the first lap, crashed at over 280 kph going into the Porsche
curves. A previous car leaked oil and neither Lehto Veloqx rival
Allan McNish saw the oil and went off together hard into the tire
"There were no flags, no
warnings, nothing!" stated an extremely frustrated and disappointed
Lehto. "I had no idea what was about to happen to me. Suddenly I
couldn't steer the car and I just crashed. It was like ice out
The car was towed out of the
gravel and Lehto drove it back to the pits where the team worked in
unison to quickly repair the car.
Brad Kettler, Technical
Director for Team ADT Champion Racing had this to say about the
repairs. "The left front suspension was completely torn off the car
and there was substantial underbody damage, hydraulic damage to the
brake masters and clutch masters, steering shaft, brakes and body
work on the left side. The team did a great job in repairing the car
and she should be as good as ever.
Marco Werner replaced Lehto
after the repairs. Lehto was unhurt during the incident. Team ADT
Champion Racing is currently 8 laps behind the leader.