6 Dec 2011


I just came across two photos I took at the Le Mans 24 hours from an almost identical position --one in 1988 and the other at the 2009 race.
The safety related changes to the track layout over the years have been really significant and have contained race speeds .
Note the lack of catch fences in the 1988 photo . Alan McNish in his Audi had his high speed accident at exactly this point this year and the catch fencing prevented debris hitting the packed spectator enclosure .If a similar accident had happened in 1988 it would have been a very different story .

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