Allan McNish: Going the Distance

Allan McNish: Going the Distance

In his latest column for, Allan McNish marvels at how lucky Stephane Ortelli was to escape relatively uninjured from his Monza crash - and ponders how close he came to getting caught up in it

Last weekend's Monza round of the Le Mans Series was incident-packed to say the least, and I was nearly caught up in the most dramatic moment of all, when my friend Stephane Ortelli had an enormous crash at the Rettifilo chicane, late in the race.

I had just turned in to the first right-hander after the start-finish straight and was starting to get the car lined up for the second part of the chicane, when I saw a cloud of dust out of the corner of my eye. I immediately pulled out wide and lifted off in case someone had spun on the entry and was going to come across the track in front of me.

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