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Beechdean Mansell Forced To Miss Portimao

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Following the 200mph accident that ended their Le Mans 24 Hours challenge the Beechdean Mansell team have been forced to position have been forced to have to miss the next round of the Le Mans Series (LMS) in Portugal.

The team will instead focus on rebuilding the Ginetta-Zytek 09S machine for the race at the Hungaroring on August 21-22, then contest the 1000km race at Silverstone in September.

“I would like to thank everyone who sent messages after the accident at Le Mans and I can let everyone know I am on the mend,” Nigel Mansell said. “The car was performing really well up to the end of the fourth lap but then the tire deflated and pitched me into the barriers. It was a big accident on one of the fastest parts of the track, I sustained concussion but I am OK. We are now looking forward to the next race in Hungary, where Leo and Greg will share the driving duties and I will return to the cockpit with my sons for the final race at Silverstone in front of the British fans.”

“Once we got the car back to the UK and stripped it down we found that there was more damage to the car's structure than we thought and we will need time to complete the work,” explained team principal Andrew Howard. “We will be back in Hungary the following month and raring to go at our home race at Silverstone in September. What is really encouraging was the pace of the car in race conditions and on full tanks.”

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