Brackley team suffer frustrating start to Le Mans

Nathanael Berthon rejoins the track after much work by the Murphy Prototypes team was needed on Wednesday evening
Nathanael Berthon rejoins the track after much work by the Murphy Prototypes team was needed on Wednesday evening

The Brackley-based Murphy Prototypes team found themselves on the back foot on Wednesday evening when their LMP2-specification Oreca 03-Nissan was involved in a heavy accident in the opening Free Practice session of the 2015 Le Mans 24-Hour Race in France, writes James Beckett.

South African racer Mark Patterson crashed the team’s number 48 car in the Porsche Curves, causing considerable damage. Track action was halted while officials repaired damage to the safety barriers, and the car was returned to the pits for repairs.

The car returned to the track in the final minutes of the first Official Qualifying session, clocking the 27th fastest time with Nathanael Berthon at the wheel.

Brackley’s Karun Chandhok, the third driver in the Murphy line-up, said: “These type of things happen at Le Mans, but as always I believe it is better to have a problem like this during free practice.

“The team did a great job to get the car back on the track and now we can focus on the race and aim for a good result in LMP2.”