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

David Malsher-Lopez
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Le Mans H12: #8 Toyota takes lead, #7 gets turbo issue
Le Mans H12: #8 Toyota takes lead, #7 gets turbo issue

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.

Le Mans H12: #8 Toyota takes lead, #7 gets turbo issue
Le Mans H12: #8 Toyota takes lead, #7 gets turbo issue

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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