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Lambo racer killed in France

2013-06-30 17:15

LE CASTELLET, France - Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race car driver Andrea Mame was killed at the Paul Ricard circuit in France during a crash involving four other drivers.

Lamborghini said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that Automobili Lamborghini confirmed that a fatal accident occurred to driver Andrea Mame in the first Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race at Paul Ricard.”

INVESTIGATION CALLED

A crash during the first lap of the race on June 30 saw five competitors involved. The race was red flagged and safety teams dispatched. The four other drivers involved in the crash were Andrea Solimè (Car No.10), Vaclav Petch (Car No.77, Tomas Kral, (Car No.88) and Dario Cerati (Car #33).

Petch, Kral and Cerati were released from the medical centre after precautionary checks. Solimè was airlifted to the Sainte Musse hospital in Toulon.

Mame (Car No.11) sustained serious injuries to which he later succumbed. Mame was the mainstay of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing since 2011.

Lambhorhini said: “On behalf of Automobili Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, expressed his personal sadness and extended the condolences of all the company to Andrea’s family and team.

“Automobili Lamborghini will be working with the circuit authorities and SRO to investigate the accident thoroughly in all its aspects.”

THIRD DRIVER DEATH IN TWO WEEKS

Understandably the race was cancelled.

Mame marks the third death in two weeks, a worrying trend that began with the death of Allan Simonsen at Le Mans earlier in June 2013. Simonsen was killed at the 81st 24 Hours of Le Mans, after his Aston Martin spun off the track.