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Duval crashes in Le Mans practice

LE MANS, France (AP) - Defending champion Loic Duval of France has apparently escaped unscathed from a crash which destroyed his Audi during practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Wednesday.

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''Examinations in the hospital of Le Mans have confirmed that Loic Duval is unhurt apart from two grazes to the skin,'' Audi Sport tweeted.

Race organizers said in a statement: ''His condition is encouraging.''

The practice was red-flagged for about 50 minutes after Duval crashed in the Porsche curves.

The accident happened a year after Allan Simonsen died during the race. The Danish driver's Aston Martin spun out at high speed only 10 minutes into the race and skidded into a barrier. Simonsen died at the hospital.

Last year, Duval gave Audi a 12th title at the famed endurance race, four shy of Porsche's record.

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