Petit Le Mans flashback: DeltaWing’s wild ride in practice (VIDEO)

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A year ago, the controversial and radical DeltaWing made its North American race debut at Petit Le Mans. The race debut nearly didn’t happen because of this accident, when Gunnar Jeannette, driving the then-Nissan DeltaWing collided with a GTC class Porsche Cup car driven by Peter LeSaffre.

Jeannette’s car crested the hill after the Turns 10A/B chicane and dove to LeSaffre’s inside. The unsuspecting Porsche released wide off exit and as he came back on track, made contact with the DeltaWing. That pitched the black car and flipped it over.

The team, comprised of then-Highcroft Racing mechanics, rebuilt the car in order for Jeannette and Lucas Ordonez to race. Race they did, and the car finished an impressive fifth overall as an unclassified entry.

The DeltaWing has taken on new life in 2013 with a new team running the car, a new tire partner in Bridgestone, and most recently, a switch to a closed-top coupe version. Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge will wheel the car in the team’s home race this Saturday, in a race that marks the sendoff to the American Le Mans Series.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.