A horrible crash primarily involving Scottish driver Allan McNish occurred in the opening hour of the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours. McNish tried to pass one of the slower cars, made contact and went hard into the barriers.
The video, with commentary in German, is dramatic. More surprising is that McNish emerged from his car unhurt.
Here’s a recent biography McNish:
Born – Dumfries, Scotland, Dec. 29, 1969
Lives – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Status – Married to Kelly, one son Finlay and one daughter Charlotte
Height – 1.65m
Weight – 58kgs
McNish began racing since 11, started in karting. He progressed through junior formula, Formula 3, Formula 3000 en route to Sportscar racing, Le Mans 24 Hours and F1. He’s currently President of the Scottish Motor Racing Club.
Recent Career Highlights:
Twice Le Mans 24 Hours Winner; Three times Sebring 12 Hours Winner; Three times ALMS Champion; Four times Petit Le Mans Winner; 2011 — Podium Win (3rd) 1000Km of Spa; 2010 — Winner LMS 8 hours of Paul Ricard; Podium Win (3rd) 1000Km of Spa; Podium Win (3rd) Le Mans 24 Hours; Podium Win (3rd) Petit Le Mans; Podium Win (2nd) Zhuhai; Audi Driver Magazine Personality of the Year; Winner of the ACO Award presented by the BRDC