BRASELTON, Ga. – The Nissan DeltaWing’s assault on the 15th annual Petit Le Mans event suffered a set-back in testing today when Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche and forced into a violent roll.
The Nissan DeltaWing was only 4/10ths of a second slower than the fatest P2 car in sixth place on the timesheet in this afternoon’s session. Unfortuantely 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 7Gs 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 kerb at turn 10b and smashing into the Nissan DeltaWing as Jeannette was going by. (click on link above to view video)
The car scraped down the road on its roll hoops before suffering a heavy impact with the wall and landing back on its wheels.
Jeannette was transferred to the track medical center but was soon released with no injuries suffered.
“Everything was going well. I followed a GTC car through [turns] 10a and 10b and I had a run on him exiting the corner before the bridge and pulled almost completely past,” Jeannette said. “He cut over to take the apex and made heavy contact with the left-rear of our car that sent me for a bit of a ride. Luckily, the guys built a very strong car.”
The crew immediately began work on repairing the damage with a target on having the car return to the track tomorrow.
Prior to the impact, the Nissan DeltaWing had set a fastest time of 1 minute, 13.686 seconds for the 2.54 Road Atlanta circuit.