Published October 18, 2012
By Philippe Crowe
The Nissan DeltaWing's assault on the 15th annual Petit Le Mans on the Road Atlanta circuit event suffered a set-back in testing today.
Driver Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche and forced into a violent roll.
The Nissan DeltaWing was only 4/10th of a second slower than the fastest P2 car in sixth place on the timesheet in this afternoon's session. Unfortunately during the session Jeannette was passing a GTC class Porsche when he was struck violently in the left rear wheel.
The massive impact was measured at seven Gs on the team's telementary system. Video footage from the Nissan-powered Conquest Racing P2 car of Martin Plowman showed the Porsche bouncing off the exit at turn 10b and smashing into the Nissan DeltaWing as Jeannette was going by.
The car slid down the road on its roll hoops, suffered a heavy impact with the wall before landing back on its wheels.
Jeannette was transferred to the track medical centre but was soon released with no injuries suffered.
The crew immediately began work on repairing the damage with a target on having the car return to the track tomorrow.
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Prior to the impact, the Nissan DeltaWing had set a fastest time of 1 minute, 13.686 seconds for the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit.
Practice continues tomorrow at 10:15am with an additional session at 3:20pm and a night session from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.