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Wright Prepping Spare Porsche Chassis After Crash

Wright Motorsport working to be on grid for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans after accident in Thursday practice…

Photo: John Dagys

Wright Motorsports is racing to be on the grid for tomorrow’s Motul Petit Le Mans following an accident in Thursday’s second practice session that has damaged the team’s primary Porsche 911 GT3 R chassis.

Jan Heylen was uninjured in the high-speed Turn 12 accident that was triggered by the No. 8 Tower Motorsport Oreca 07 Gibson of John Farano, who was handed incident responsibility by IMSA race control.

Sportscar365 understands chassis damage was sustained in the accident with a decision having been made to switch to a spare Porsche chassis last night.

Eyewitnesses have confirmed that the spare car is now on-site at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and is in the process of being fitted with the original car’s drivetrain and other salvageable components, per IMSA regulations for a mid-event chassis change.

A team representative declined comment on the matter only stating that it was working out “logistics” as of Thursday evening.

Heylen is due to share the GT Daytona class entry with Trent Hindman and Porsche factory driver Patrick Long, who is slated to make his final start as a full-time driver after announcing Thursday that he would be stepping back from racing full-time.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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