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Bergmeister’s Wild Ride at Le Mans Test Day

Joerg Bergmeister escapes injury in high-flying accident at Le Mans…

Photo: Maximillen Cadiou

Photo: Maximilien Cadiou

Joerg Bergmeister went for a wild ride in Sunday’s Le Mans Test Day, which saw his No. 91 Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR launch into the air and fly through the gravel trap at the Ford Chicane.

“Unfortunately I missed the braking point in the Ford curve and actually wanted to drive straight ahead through the gravel trap to avoid hitting the curbs at the edge,” Bergmeister explained. “But the car took off, flew far and landed hard.”

The Porsche factory driver was uninjured, but the bizarre incident brought an early end to the the day for he and co-drivers Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet due to chassis damage to the GTE-Pro contender.

“It didn’t make sense to do the repairs here,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “We’ll take a good look at it when we get home, after all, we want to drive this car in a fortnight at the 24 hour race.”

Porsche’s sister No. 92 entry of Fred Makowiecki, Marco Holzer and Richard Lietz wound up quickest of the test, thanks to a 3:57.260 lap time set by the Frenchman.

The German manufacturer heads into Le Mans as the defending class winners, having scored a 1-2 finish in the race last year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. kmccornick

    June 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I can’t possibly imagine a car getting that much air from a curb!

    • JHamilton

      June 2, 2014 at 11:31 am

      It isn’t shopped and the photo has been confirmed legit several places.

    • stephane

      June 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Photoshop. Look the wheel the car was cut from a other image

      • Alex

        June 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

        Not shopped, was there, saw it with my own two eyes.

        • Andrew

          June 8, 2014 at 12:33 am

          Bergmeister confirmed this is real.

  2. Jeff Braun

    June 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The Ford Chicane curbs do that. We launched our LMP2 car over that same curb, had all 4 wheels off the ground very high and landed braking the gearbox case, the bell housing, the floor and more.

  3. kmccornick

    June 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Another website had a similar pic about 10 years ago, that had a TVR that high off the ground, it was a shop, and I figured this was along those lines.
    Ive seen many cars go off at the Ford Chicane and get all 4 off the ground, but never to this extent. That had to be one heck of a THUD when it hit the ground.
    Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

  4. danmor

    June 3, 2014 at 5:48 am

    This year they’ve putted a new curbs at the Ford Chicane, more more more higher; so, that flight is possible

  5. Pat

    June 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    One of the Ferraris did the same thing. I saw a pic taken as the nose came back down.

  6. ThatGuy

    June 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    TK sent me.

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