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Watch the 2017 Audi R8 WEC Safety Car Drift at a Very Wet Le Mans

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/18/2016 Conner Golden
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The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans is fast approaching, and the participating teams just wrapped up qualifying sessions to solidify this year's starting grid. Unfortunately, torrential rain turned qualifying into a Slip-'N-Slide affair with low visibility and dangerously slick surfaces. The track was so washed out, even the Audi R8 safety car was caught in an accidental drift.

While the rain continued to fall, the third qualifying session was red flagged due to worsening conditions. Before the red flag fell, some of the drivers were having a rough time out on the glassy tarmac. In the video below, a Ferrari 488 GTE is caught executing a pitch-perfect 360-degree spin around the 18-second mark.

With the track empty, WEC safety car driver Yannick Dalmas navigated the swamped circuit in the Audi R8 V10 Plus safety car to determine the safety of the track. The conditions were so soggy, Dalmas' R8 began to lose grip mid-corner. Not only did Dalmas save the Audi from the impending spin, but he performed a near-perfect four-wheel drift, saving the R8 and making him look quite heroic.

Despite this deliciously perfect drift, it isn't really a surprise that Dalmas pulled it off. He has quite a colorful competition history under his belt, with 24 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While he didn't find much success in Formula 1, he made the switch to Le Mans prototypes in the mid 1990s and proceeded to win Le Mans four separate times, each time under the banner of a different manufacturer.

Take a look at the video below to see an Audi R8 drift worthy of Formula D.

Source: FIAWEC via YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4DBxPEK1TE

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