The steering wheel of the car that won the Le Mans 24 Hour stolen during the Le Mans Classic

The steering wheel of the car that won the Le Mans 24 Hour stolen during the Le Mans Classic


The steering wheel of the main race car was stolen on the night of Saturday July 2 to Sunday July 3 during Le Mans Classic, shows the Endurance-Info website.

steering wheel stolen overnight in paddock

The steering wheel of an Audi R8 driven by Erik Maris was stolen on Saturday and Sunday night, with the car parked in a Group C paddock. It was with this car that the German manufacturer Audi won 24 Hour Le Mans five times in the 2000s.

Details of the flight were confirmed this Wednesday, July 6 in Maine Libre by police and the event’s organizer, Patrick Peter. Investigations are ongoingsays an officer at Le Mans police station. We were notified Sunday and left immediately. No complaints were lodged in Sarthe.

Improved security device

This theft saddens Patrick Peter. I’m not happy because it’s a good place, hard to replace. The wheel of another old race car was stolen, according to the coordinator, who indicates the role of the service provider.

There are two paddoks where we discovered the failure of a security company that had to monitor H24 vehicles. It’s not a drama, there are small problems during events that bring together 200,000 people, but it’s still irritating. We will learn from this with the security company and we will make sure we strengthen all the controls during the next version.

Many guidelines considered by investigators

The 11th edition of Le Mans Classic will run from June 29 to July 2, 2023. Meanwhile, the owner of the Audi R8, which went inside. Tales of endurance racedoes not promise a reward to the person who will allow him to get his steering wheel.

Theft of opportunity or the act of an ill-intentioned collector? Investigators are working many ideaswe tell Le Mans police station.

The steering wheel of a 24-hour Le Mans stolen car during the Le Mans Classic