Le Mans 24 Hours: #8 Toyota takes lead at half-distance, #7 gets turbo issue – WEC


Kamui Kobayashi kept the #7 Toyota in the lead at the midway mark of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but a turbo problem just after half-distance handed the lead to the #8.

Kobayashi led teammate Brendon Hartley by about 1.5 laps before stopping, while Gustavo Menezes is leading the Rebellion Racing charge, ahead of Romain Dumas but three laps off the lead.

Dumas will have 10 seconds added to his next pitstop due to going too fast in a slow zone while a car was being retrieved.

An intra-team rivalry has sparked LMP2 to life; thanks to a 55sec pitstop to change his rear wing, Will Owen in the #32 United Autosports Oreca found himself hanging on to the lead of the class by barely one second ahead of his teammate ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta, and just past the 12-hour mark, di Resta slipped ahead.

The pair are a lap ahead of JOTA’s #38 car currently piloted by another ex-F1 driver Anthony Davidson.

The G-Drive Racing #26 Aurus of Roman Rusinov was holding third, around a minute ahead of JOTA, but at the 10h-mark Rusinov lost power, limped back to the pits, and fell to fifth behind Panis Racing’s #31 car.

The #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing has been disqualified for outside assistance while Gabriel Aubry was trying to get the car restarted after stopping on track.

That has allowed DragonSpeed into sixth in class, Renger van der Zande at the wheel by half-distance.

Alex Lynn pulled the #97 Aston Martin Vantage into the pits at 10.50pm local time after a triple stint, and fell only to second after handing off to Maxime Martin, thereby retaining third ahead of Miguel Molina who had taken over the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488.

When Alessandro Pier Guidi pitted a lap later in the #51 Ferrari 488 he finished his out-lap 7s ahead of Martin.

However, it took just a couple of laps for the British car to move back to the front ahead of the Italian machine, and with Daniel Serra at the wheel, the Ferrari continued to lose time to Martin.

After their 10th stops, when Harry Tincknell took over the #97 Aston from Martin, Serra retained the lead and then started pulling away.

Just before the 11-hours-expired mark, suddenly Sam Bird in the third-placed #71 Ferrari was trickling slowly back to the pits with a right-rear puncture that allowed the Marco Sorensen-driven #95 Aston Martin into third, and the Risi Competizione Ferrari into fourth.

AF Corse pulled the #71 into the garage for an inspection and a brake service and it has now fallen to sixth behind Gianmaria Bruni in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR.

In GTE Am, TF Sport’s #90 Aston Martin Vantage has been leading the similar car of #98 machine of Aston Martin Racing almost throughout the past four hours, rarely more than 10s apart, but two minutes ahead of AF Corse’s #83 Ferrari 488, currently piloted by Emmanuel Collard.

The 911 RSR of Larry ten Voorde, Matteo Cairoli and Egidio Perfetti, runs a further 45sec behind in fourth.

Le Mans 24 Hours – positions after 12 hours

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez 190
2 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Nakajima, Hartley 188 + 2 Laps
3 LMP1 #1 Rebellion Senna, Nato, Menezes 187 + 3 Laps
4 LMP1 #3 Rebellion Dumas, Berthon, Deletraz 186 + 4 Laps
5 LMP2 #32 Oreca Owen, Brundle, Van Uitert 180 + 10 Laps
6 LMP2 #22 Oreca Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta 180 + 0.320s
7 LMP2 #38 Oreca Davidson, Da Costa, Gonzalez 180 + 1m12.643s
8 LMP2 #31 Oreca Jamin, Canal, Vaxiviere 179 + 11 Laps
9 LMP2 #39 Oreca Allen, Capillaire, Milesi 178 + 12 Laps
10 LMP2 #26 Aurus Rusinov, Vergne, Jensen 178 + 37.333s
11 LMP2 #27 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Van der Zande 178 + 1m13.594s
12 LMP2 #36 Alpine Negrao, Ragues, Laurent 177 + 13 Laps
13 LMP2 #42 Oreca Lapierre, Borga, Coigny 177 + 29.233s
14 LMP2 #28 Oreca Lafargue, Chatin, Bradley 177 + 32.062s
15 LMP2 #50 Oreca Calderon, Florsch, Visser 177 + 1m19.519s
16 LMP2 #25 Oreca Falb, Trummer, McMurry 177 + 1m43.985s
17 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Belicchi, Sernagiotto 177 + 1m48.875s
18 LMP2 #21 Oreca Montoya, Buret, Rojas 177 + 2m06.105s
19 LMP2 #34 Ligier Smiechowski, Binder, Isaakyan 176 + 14 Laps
20 LMP2 #17 Oreca Pilet, Tilley, Kennard 176 + 41.495s
21 LMP2 #29 Oreca Van Eerd, Van der Garde, De Vries 175 + 15 Laps
22 LMP2 #35 Ligier Yamanaka, Foster, Merhi 170 + 20 Laps
23 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra 169 + 21 Laps
24 GTE Pro #97 Aston Martin, Lynn, Tincknell 169 + 10.144s
25 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Westbrook 168 + 22 Laps
26 LMP2 #24 Oreca Grist, Kapadia, Wells 168 + 20.063s
27 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Pla, Bourdais, Gounon 167 + 23 Laps
28 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Bruni, Lietz, Makowiecki 167 + 2m03.601s
29 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Gunn, Farfus 165 + 25 Laps
30 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Eastwood, Adam 165 + 1.665s
31 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Molina, Bird 165 + 1m24.509s
32 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Perrodo, Collard, Nielsen 165 + 1m54.440s
33 GTE Am #56 Porsche Perfetti, Ten Voorde, Cairoli 165 + 2m08.912s
34 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Pera, Campbell 164 + 26 Laps
35 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Watson 164 + 2m59.199s
36 GTE Pro #63 Ferrari Macneil, Vilander, Segal 164 + 3m04.983s
37 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Piovanetti, Negri Jr., Ledogar 163 + 27 Laps
38 GTE Am #66 Ferrari Heistand, Root, Magnussen 163 + 1m13.046s
39 GTE Am #99 Porsche Inthraphuvasak, Legeret, Andlauer 163 + 2m46.013s
40 GTE Am #78 Porsche Felbermayr, Beretta, Van Splunteren 162 + 28 Laps
41 GTE Am #85 Ferrari Gostner, Frey, Gatting 162 + 13.467s
42 GTE Am #72 Ferrari Chen, Blomqvist, Gomes 162 + 1m51.108s
43 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Schiavoni, Pianezzola, Ruberti 162 + 2m48.701s
44 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella 161 + 29 Laps
45 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Grimes, Mowlem, Hollings 160 + 30 Laps
46 GTE Am #75 Ferrari Mastronardi, Cressoni, Piccini 158 + 32 Laps
47 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor 156 + 34 Laps
48 GTE Am #89 Porsche Brooks, Piguet, Laskaratos 155 + 35 Laps
49 GTE Am #57 Porsche Keating, Fraga, Bleekemolen 154 + 36 Laps
50 GTE Am #70 Ferrari Kimura, Abril, Cozzolino 151 + 39 Laps
51 GTE Am #88 Porsche Preining, Bastien, De Leener 104 + 86 Laps
52 LMP2 #37 Oreca Tung, Aubry, Stevens 141 + 49 Laps
53 LMP2 #16 Aurus Cullen, Jarvis, Tandy 105 + 85 Laps
54 LMP2 #30 Oreca Hirschi, Tereschenko, Gommendy 100 + 90 Laps
55 LMP1 #4 ENSO Dillmann, Spengler, Webb 97 + 93 Laps
56 LMP2 #33 Oreca Yamashita, Patterson, Fjordbach 88 + 102 Laps
57 GTE Am #52 Ferrari Ulrich, Gorig, West 80 + 110 Laps
58 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Griffin 78 + 112 Laps
59 LMP2 #11 Ligier Tambay, Maris, D’Ansembourg 26 + 164 Laps



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