A hardware issue cost Max Verstappen and teammate Diogo Pinto a shot at victory in the iRacing Petit Le Mans.
Racing for Team Redline Orange, Verstappen had built up a lead of around 25 seconds when he dived into the pits at the three and a half hour mark to hand over to Pinto.
Just a few minutes into Pinto's stint, and having resumed the lead from the Team Redline Red car, he appeared to suffer a steering wheel connection failure as the LMP2 car speared to the right and into the wall. Replays showed the steering wheel stuck to the right as Pinto was powerless to prevent the crash.
Resetting to the pits, a lengthy stop didn't allow them to fix the issue and the number 33 car was forced to retire.
Verstappen regularly takes part in online simulation racing, driving for Team Redline.
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