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Proton Awaiting Decision After Krohn Practice Crash

Dempsey-Proton waiting for updates before deciding on No. 99 Porsche after Krohn crash…

Photo: John Dagys

Dempsey-Proton Racing is waiting to decide on whether it can continue in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race week after Tracy Krohn’s heavy accident in Wednesday Free Practice.

The No. 99 Porsche 911 RSR left the road on the 180 mph (290 km/h) stretch of the Mulsanne straight between the two chicanes before hitting the barriers.

Proton team principal Christian Ried confirmed to Sportscar365 that Krohn has been admitted to hospital and the team is now awaiting clarification on the driver’s medical status before taking any further steps.

“The car looks quite bad,” said Ried. “Tracy is still in the hospital but I got a call that he’s OK so he should be all fine.

“We just need to see when he is here and then make a decision. If he can get an OK from the doctors, then we can decide.”

Ried confirmed that “all of the front” of the Porsche was “damaged completely” and added that a spare chassis is available should Krohn be fit to race.

The accident brought Wednesday afternoon’s four-hour Free Practice session to a halt for 45 minutes while marshals cleared up the debris and checked the barriers.

Krohn is named alongside Nic Jonsson and Porsche factory driver Patrick Long in the No. 99 effort, which is one of four Proton cars entered in GTE-Am.

This weekend’s Le Mans event is the 14th in a row that Krohn and Jonsson have worked on together as co-drivers.

John Dagys contributed to this report.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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