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What not to do in a race: Never drive into your own team-mate in the pits

If there’s one thing that you learn from watching races, it’s how to do it right and what not to do. Take this video for example, it features the Prat & Miller Corvette Racing team that raced in the GT2 class of the recent American Le Mans Series and the team showcases what not to do in a race – don’t ever drive into your own team mate.

The team’s #4 C6.R GT2 race car collided with the #3 car and it wasn’t a bad a maneuver during the heat of the race but in the pit lane. The #3 car, driven by Jan Magnussen, began leaving the pit box after an unscheduled stop to repair a power steering hose when the #4 Vette, driven by Emmanuel Collard, came out of nowhere and slammed into his side. The #4 car immediately went in for repairs but the #3 car was forced to limp around for an entire lap with a flat front tire before returning for repairs. You have to watch the video to understand the severity of what happened, but just for the record, the team finished the 12-hour race in 8th and 9th place.

Note: The team has been dominant in the ALMS racing but that was before they switched from GT1 to GT2 racing, after which the team effectively went downhill.

  • B
  • Mar 27, 2010
that was just unfortunate, the bos aint happy
  • F
  • Mar 27, 2010
what was the race engineer doing?
  • N
  • Mar 27, 2010
Bam!!!! Game over!
  • T
  • Mar 27, 2010
Ouch....bad timing....
Ouch... that stinks...
  • F
  • Mar 31, 2010
Not the drivers' fault. They were merely following instructions. Someone else in the team was not paying attention. Probably the race engineer for the first car. Mistakes start to happen when everyone's tired. It's what differentiates between a good and not so good team. Even Peugeot screwed up at Le Mans last year. Same type of incident.