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Craft-Bamboo Aston Withdraws From Le Mans after Crash

Craft-Bamboo Racing has withdrawn the No. 99 Aston Martin from Le Mans…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The No. 99 Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage will take no further part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following its accident in qualifying last night.

Fernando Rees had an accident at the Porsche Curves and while the Brazilian driver only suffered a bruising to his ankle the Aston Martin was too severely damaged to be repaired in time for the race.

“The impact with the barrier was at high speed, so the most important thing is that Fernando is okay,” Richard Coleman, CEO of Craft-Bamboo Racing said.

“It is disappointing to have to withdraw from the race but the car cannot be fixed from here. Our mechanics worked relentlessly on the car throughout the night but it was impossible to restore it to the safety standards required for racing.”

As a result of the withdrawal of the No. 99 Aston Martin the number of cars has been reduced to 54.

Craft-Bamboo Racing is set to return at the next FIA WEC round at Circuit of The Americas in September.

Marcel ten Caat (@marceltencaat) is a contributor to Sportscar365 and other publications including Autosport.nl.

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