The #17 IDEC Sport LMP2 Oreca 07 is the first official withdrawal from the 24 Hours of Le Mans taking place this weekend after an FP3 crash.
Dwight Merriman, in FP3 yesterday, crashed the #17 upon entry at the Dunlop Chicane having lost the rear end whilst braking and on a down-shift sequence.
The car made impact with the tyre barrier and caused a red flag.
This Oreca 07-Gibson has already been involved in an accident during the Test Day last Sunday which required the mechanics to replace the chassis. Kyle Tilly was replaced with Thomas Laurent due to injuries.
“We are very proud of the work accomplished by the entire team,” said Nicolas Minassian, Team Principal.
“The car is ready, but we all understand Dwight’s decision.
“It was a difficult decision, but an honorable one on his part. Le Mans remains a legendary race, which should not be underestimated.
“A big thank you to the whole team for its passion and for the enormous work accomplished, as well as to Thomas Laurent for his professionalism and responsiveness.
“Now we will focus on the race and do our best with the #48.”
— 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) August 19, 2021
IDEC Sport, who have two cars (the #17 in blue livery and #48 in red), will withdraw the #17 due to be driven by Dwight Merriman, Thomas Laurent and Ryan Dalziel.
Patrick Pillet last year stepped in after a similar case whereby Merriman had crashed during Free Practice thus preventing any qualifying participation in 2020 down to repair efforts.
The withdrawal reduces the LMP2 field to 24 and the entire field to 61 entries, identical to last year.