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Le Mans 24 Hours: Thursday Paddock Notes

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Oliver Turvey has passed through the necessary administrative checks and will be ready to run in the #38 Jota Sport Zytek Nissan.

Allan McNish meanwhile noted that the repairs to the #1 car had progressed to the point that by 8:30 this morning all three Audis were in very similar states of preparation.

The resumption of track action yesterday despite the debris fence damage was explained earlier by Vincent Beaumesnil.

“We have sections of the circuit where debris fencing is mandated by the FIA and other sections where there is additional protection that is not part of the licence.

“That section is one of those areas, with the are beyond it not open to the public and after it was inspected we put in a wider security cordon.

“The fence will be repaired in time for the session this evening with the posts, and the damaged lighting column, replaced.”

In answer to the question as to why the Race Director did not take the opportunity to utilise the new ‘slow zone’ regulations to neutralise the session in the accident zone late in qualifying after the accident that befell the now withdrawn #99 AMR Craft Bamboo Vantage the clear response was: “The car was sitting across the track in a very narrow part of the circuit and we already had a recovery underway with a car elsewhere on the circuit. We knew there was a long section of barrier repair needed and that required a large number of service vehicles – Realistically a red flag was the only sensible decision.”