Oliver Jarvis was left to rue his misfortune after a bizarre accident ended his hopes of clinching a prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans victory.
The Newmarket-based ace was aiming to improve his previous best third place finish at the world renowned race in the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
However, any chance of claiming victory in the 83rd running of the iconic endurance race was halted as team-mate Loïc Duval, at the end of the third hour, heavily hit the guard rails when he was getting out of the way of several slower vehicles and was hit on the rear by a rival car.
Mechanics managed to fix the team’s Audi R18 e-tron quattro in an impressive four minutes but chances of victory had gone as Jarvis, Duval and Lucas di Grassi settled for fourth place, behind the sister car of André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer in third and two Porsches.
“Following Loïc’s (Duval) accident, I thought our race was over early,” said Jarvis on the incident.
“But the mechanics from Audi Sport Team Joest sent us back out on track in an incredibly short period of time.
“Still finishing fourth when you’ve got the potential of at least clinching a podium is a disappointment but congratulations to Porsche on winning.
“Next year, we’re going for revenge. For our trio this was the first joint Le Mans.
“We’ve become a really close squad here and we’re going to benefit from that in the coming races.
“I’m already looking forward to getting into the car again.”
n Elsewhere, Rob Huff will be aiming to build on his best result of the World Touring Car Championship season when he travels to Slovakia’s Automotodróm Slovakia Ring for rounds 11 and 12 on Sunday.
The Newmarket-based driver enjoyed a memorable weekend in his LADA Sports team’s home race in Russia on Sunday as he claimed fourth and second place finishes.