Terrible: Team manager dies after Barcelona paddock accident

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Team manager died in accident in Barcelona paddock

Gerhard Freundorfer, the team manager of Proton Huber Competition, was involved in a fatal accident during the 4 Hours of Barcelona. The accident happened during preparations for the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

Team manager dies in Barcelona

The class is in the preliminary programme of the European Le Mans Series. Freundorfer died following an accident with a team truck. Medical assistance was quickly at the scene, but the team manager passed away.

Executive circuit director Josep Lluis Santamaria said: "On behalf of the Circuit we deeply regret this accident and would like to extend our deepest condolences to Gerhard's family, friends and the entire paddock of the European Le Mans Series."

The director of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organisation behind the European Le Mans Series is also saddened: "This morning we woke to the news of the death of Gerhard Freundorfer, which has saddened everyone involved in endurance racing."

CEO of the Le Mans Endurance branch Frederic Lequin also offered condolences to Freundorfer's family: "On behalf of the whole endurance family I would like to extend all of our deepest condolences to the family of Gerhard Freundorfer, especially to his wife Karola, and the Proton Huber Competition team. This is a very sad day for the endurance family. Gerhard was a member of the endurance family, and he will be sadly missed by all. I wish to extend the condolences of everyone at the ACO to Gerhard’s family and friends.”