Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 retires from Le Mans after crash

It’s turning out to be a rather unfortunate 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Ingolstadt-based team as the Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 had no other way but to retire from the race after being involved in an accident. After the #1 car crashed twice before the start of the race, now time has come for the #3 car driven by Marco Bonanomi to have the same faith after only a few minutes after the race had started.

Due to excessive rain which considerably lowered visibility, Nicolas Lapierre behind the wheel of the Toyota TS040 Hybrid #8 lost control of the vehicle, spun out and according to some reports it hit the Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 and a Ferrari 458 #81 driven by Sam Bird. Some TV commentators are saying the Toyota spun out while the Ferrari and Audi collided in a separate incident. We know for sure the Toyota went to the pits for a fix up while both the Ferrari and Audi retired due to extensive damages.

Before the incident, the Ferrari 458 #81 driven by Sam Bird was leading the GTE Am class while the Toyota TS040 Hybrid was in front of the overall race, ahead of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro and the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

The race will end on Sunday at 15:00 (CEST).

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.