With 4 hours to go in the grueling 24 Hours of LeMans Benoit Treluyer still has the pole sitting Audi less than a minute ahead of the Peugeot of Sebastien Bourdais. However, the #2 Audi had what looked like normal pit stop under the safety car but as it pulled there was a burst of smoke, possibly oil smoke from the rear. Then when the car was waiting at the pit lane exit a close up TV shot showed the back of the car smoking even more. To make matters worse sprinkles of rain are reported over the circuit.
Treluyer pulled out a lead of just over a minute before making a routine fuel stop 40 minutes into the hour. Fresh tires were wheeled out but not fitted, and Treluyer emerged from the pit just behind Bourdais - almost a lap ahead. But he could not lap him. Bourdais opened the gap from 1.5s to 5.9s before diving into the pits himself without taking on new tires.
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