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May 12, 2014
Concrete wall behind catch fence at Le Mans

In the aftermath of the Loic Duval accident in practice a photographer visited the scene and took the image below. I find it hard to believe that a circuit inspection did not pick up the fact that a concrete wall was located behind the catch fence at 90 degrees to the circuit. 

Where does the responsibility of the stewards and circuit inspection teams begin and end with a circuit such as LeMans and should something be done to improve the inspection process to include structures behind or close to catch fencing.

  

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June 12, 2014

It is usually the unpredictable crashes that are the worst and expose weaknesses in layout design...in theory (theory is always the key word), the cars are not supposed to fly over the armco barriers...If you look at the wall, it is a very weak structure though. I do not believe it would be that bad of an impact. The concrete slabs are very thin almost like the ones used in martial arts! The barbed wire is nice

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June 12, 2014

it still just amazes me that the driver wasn't seriously hurt. I thought they had put in a new tire wall in the curves...was I mistaken?

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June 13, 2014

Yes but at the end of the straight...Murphy was in on this as he always is with racing accidents

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Again, we can't forget this is a street circuit for the most part. Arguably the most engineered street circuit outside of F1.

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