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Nissan DeltaWing’s inaugral Le Mans race cut short

by Dan Heyman

When we posted a story during last year’s Honda Indy Toronto event, we quoted Jim Bray, owner of the Carpages.ca-sponsored #56 Dodge Avenger running in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, likening racing to a “blood sport.” This was after after his car’s transmission input shaft gave out during the first lap, effectively ending his weekend.

One can only imagine, then, how driver Satoshi Motoyama felt after he tried—desperately tried—to revive the fan-favorite Nissan DeltaWing racer for 90 minutes or so (for more on one of the wildest cars ever to hit the track at Le Mans, click here) after he was clipped by a faster LMP1 car driven by fellow Japanese racer Kazuki Nakajima in the 6th hour of the 2012 Le Mans 24-hour race.

Have a look at the videos after the jump (courtesy of Nissan’s YouTube channel) for a truly heart-wrenching sight. That’s Motoyama, with directions from his pit crew through the catch fence as if he was behind bars in jail, disassembling, reassembling and finally disassembling the DeltaWing one final time, then proceeding to collapse into the comforting arms of the DeltaWing team as other racers whizz by.

A blood sport indeed.

 

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BMW and Mercedes servicing June 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

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