Richard Mille Racing’s Tatiana Calderón and her teammate’s Beitske Visser and Sophia Floersch endured an extremely disappointing 24 Hours of LeMans at the weekend.
Calderón started the race and was running well in monsoon-like conditions and within the first two hours and 13 minutes, the Colombian had made her way up to 10th in class before handing over to Beitske Visser.
In the sixth hour of the race, Sophia Floersch was caught up in an accident at the Porsche curves through no fault of her own bringing a premature end to the trio’s race.
Speaking following the action, Calderón said:
Unfortunately our second time here at Le Mans was cut short. There’s nothing Sophia could have done to avoid the crash, it was not her mistake at all. But that’s racing sometimes and it can be cruel. But to take the positives, I had a lot of fun doing the first three stints, and especially the first one in the wet in such tricky conditions but not making any mistakes and gaining positions. I think we showed some really good pace in the dry as well, which I think is the result of all the amazing work the team has done in the last two weeks and all the preparation beforehand. It’s not the result we wanted, I think we could have been pretty high up without the incident, but I really cannot wait to come back to this place next year because it’s just amazing and it keeps surprising me.
The 2021 WEC season will conclude after a two-month break with two races held back-to-back in Bahrain on October 30 and November 6.
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