Audi Motorsport boss Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich has blamed Andy Priaulx for the accident which cost Tom Kristensen and the No. 7 Audi three laps, and dropped it from fourth to eighth in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The eight-time winner ran into the gravel at the Porsche Curves as he tried to go around the outside of Priaulx's slow-moving BMW M3, which was recovering to the pits with a front-let puncture.
"There was a slow car on the track," Ullrich said. "I think it was Andy Priaulx in the BMW. Because he had a puncture he was limping home to the pitlane. And then he moved, in one of the fastest corners, from the right side of the track, to the left side of the track without looking into the mirror. Tom Kristensen came along and there was a car in the middle of the road going very slow. He tried to avoid it and went out."
Priaulx appeared to understeer across the track with his damaged car, as Kristensen elected to go to the outside of the fast right-hander the opens the section of corners. Kristensen lost a lap trying to return to the track, and a further two in the pits as the Audi team repaired the rear bodywork of the R15 TDI Plus.
"At least there was no damage to the suspension it was just the rear wing and the rear bonnet and I hope the car will run fine now," said Ullrich, who was seen marching down the pits and remonstrate angrily with Schnitzer team manager Charly Lamm over the incident.
"I'm really not happy about it and I know that he would really not be happy about it in this situation either," said Ullrich.
Asked what he said to Lamm, Ullrich replied: "I told him that he should talk to his drivers and tell them to look in the mirror to see what they are doing. Because this is not professional."