Le Mans 2014: a driver's-eye view
Here's Aston racer and 24-hour veteran Darren Turner with his preview of the weekend showdown
Posted: 13 Jun 2014
"We need to look at where accidents start, not just where they finish"
"The circuit has been busy over the winter making some safety changes, certainly at Tetre Rouge where Allan (Simonsen) went off last year. It's always easy after the event to say ‘that was an obvious place to improve' but for me it's a shame as they've changed the part where the accident happened but they've not changed, what I believe, is the cause of the accident, which is the way the paint finishes and the tarmac starts.
"We were on slicks, that part of the circuit was damp, Allan is out on the kerb, then he's got his wheels on the paint the other side. All under control. A little bit of opposite lock. 100% throttle as he knows he is fully under control. Then, as the rear left comes off the paint it grips on the tarmac, which is what sent the car in the other direction.
"The only difference between that and the two guys who spun in front of Allan was that they were more crossed up as they got on the paint so when they spun they spun inwards. Allan had his car more under control so it bit and threw him the other way.
"They've done a great job on the circuit and there is now a lot more protection for people who go off there, but sometimes the place where the accident starts needs to be looked at too."