Rat­cliffe es­capes nasty Mugello ac­ci­dent

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Op­ti­mum Mo­tor­sport driver Ryan Rat­cliffe es­caped un­scathed from a mas­sive ac­ci­dent when chal­leng­ing for the Mugello 12 Hours race last week­end.

The Audi R8 LMS GT3 crew led much of the race be­fore a fuel glitch brought the car to a halt on the track to­wards the end.

Rat­cliffe was hit by an un­sighted Porsche 991 but both driv­ers were un­in­jured.

Op­ti­mum team prin­ci­pal Shaun Goff said: “It was very painful to go out the way we did, hav­ing led the race in such a con­vinc­ing way. How­ever, Joe [Os­borne], Flick [Haigh] and Ryan did ev­ery­thing to the high­est level to en­sure that race was ours to lose.”

The race was won by the Re­nault RS01 FGT3 of Luc and Max Braams, Nicky Pa­s­torelli and Miguel Ramos.

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