LeMans Hour 4: Toyotas 2 laps ahead

Alonso is chasing down the #7 Toyota
Alonso is chasing down the #7 Toyota

The Toyotas have put 2 laps on the entire field at the end of four hours of the 24 Hours of LeMans and they are not even trying hard, such is the advantage God (the ACO) has given the Toyotas over the other LMP1 cars.

The Japanese team has kept their two cars within striking distance so as not to put the crowd asleep with Fernando Alonso chasing down Jose Maria Lopez.

Alonso led the majority of the fourth hour before a late stop handed Jose Maria Lopez the lead in the #7 Toyota HYBRID TS050.

Alonso enjoyed a comfortable lead after Lopez was forced to pit due to a left-rear puncture and the gap ballooned to several minutes when the two Toyotas were split by a safety car caused by the punctured tire on Gabriel Aubry's #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA on the Mulsanne straight.

But Alonso pitted within the final minutes of the hour to give Lopez the lead by a few seconds, having previously breezed past him approaching the Porsche Curves

After a caution flag that bunched the field, the battle in GTE-Pro is a back and forth affair between Porsche, BMW and the Ford GTs. God has put the American Chevy Corvette team at such a disadvantage they just cannot keep pace on the long LeMans straights. Their only hope is they can outlast the other makes, but one of their two cars are already 4 laps behind after early trouble.

Hour 4 Standings

POS NO. DRIVER CAR GAP LAPS CAT.
1 #7 LOPEZ Jose Maria Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 0.000s 65 P1
2 #8 ALONSO Fernando Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 5.703 65 P1
3 #17 ORUDZHEV Egor BR ENGINEERING BR1 – AER 2 Laps 63 P1
4 #3 BECHE Mathias Rebellion R13 – GIBSON 1:26.759 63 P1
5 #1 SENNA Bruno Rebellion R13 – GIBSON 3 Laps 62 P1
6 #10 HEDMAN Henrik BR ENGINEERING BR1 – GIBSON 5.776 62 P1
7 #26 PIZZITOLA Andrea Oreca 07 – Gibson 55.962 62 P2
8 #4 KRAIHAMER Dominik ENSO CLM P1/01 – Nismo 1:03.668 62 P1
9 #36 THIRIET Pierre Alpine A470 – Gibson 4 Laps 61 P2
10 #23 CANAL Julien LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 3.190 61 P2
11 #39 HIRSCHI Jonathan Oreca 07 – Gibson 59.251 61 P2
12 #48 ROJAS Memo LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 1:15.270 61 P2
13 #28 PERRODO Francois Oreca 07 – Gibson 1:30.777 61 P2
14 #34 HEINEMEIER-HANSSON David LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 2:09.352 61 P2
15 #6 ROWLAND Oliver Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – MECACHROME 5 Laps 60 P1
16 #29 VAN EERD Frits Dallara DALLARA P217 GIBSON 46.100 60 P2
17 #35 NATO Norman Dallara P217 – Gibson 3:07.611 60 P2
18 #5 ROUSSEL Leo Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – MECACHROME 3:11.761 60 P1
19 #40 GUIBBERT Enzo Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:14.628 60 P2
20 #32 MONTOYA Juan Pablo LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 3:17.633 60 P2
21 #22 HANSON Philip LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 3:28.514 60 P2
22 #33 NICOLET Pierre LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 6 Laps 59 P2
23 #31 GONZALEZ Roberto Oreca 07 – Gibson 2:10.849 59 P2
24 #44 JoNSSON Niclas LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 2:16.256 59 P2
25 #47 LACORTE Roberto Dallara DALLARA P217 – GIBSON 7 Laps 58 P2
26 #25 KIM Tacksung LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 3:07.545 58 P2
27 #50 DAGONEAU Thomas LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 8 Laps 57 P2
28 #92 ESTRE Kevin Porsche 911 RSR 7:44.848 57 Pro
29 #37 TAN Weiron Oreca 07 – Gibson 8:09.908 57 P2
30 #81 CATSBURG Nicky BMW M8 GTE 8:51.801 57 Pro
31 #69 DIXON Scott Ford GT 8:54.525 57 Pro
32 #52 GIOVINAZZI Antonio Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 8:55.137 57 Pro
33 #67 TINCKNELL Harry Ford GT 8:57.384 57 Pro
34 #93 BAMBER Earl Porsche 911 RSR 9:02.208 57 Pro
35 #94 MÃœLLER Sven Porsche 911 RSR 9:02.989 57 Pro
36 #68 HAND Joey Ford GT 9:03.336 57 Pro
37 #91 LIETZ Richard Porsche 911 RSR 9:04.069 57 Pro
38 #66 JOHNSON Billy Ford GT 9:04.513 57 Pro
39 #82 FARFUS Augusto BMW M8 GTE 9:07.110 57 Pro
40 #63 ROCKENFELLER Mike Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 9:10.195 57 Pro
41 #71 MOLINA Miguel Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 9:10.899 57 Pro
42 #38 AUBRY Gabriel Oreca 07 – Gibson 9 Laps 56 P2
43 #51 SERRA Daniel Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 12:53.411 56 Pro
44 #97 LYNN Alexander Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR 13:05.778 56 Pro
45 #95 TURNER Darren Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR 13:09.618 56 Pro
46 #77 CAMPBELL Matt Porsche 911 RSR 13:11.949 56 Am
47 #84 GRIFFIN Liam Ferrari F488 GTE 14:35.786 56 Am
48 #98 LAUDA Mathias Aston Martin VANTAGE 10 Laps 55 Am
49 #56 BERGMEISTER Jorg Porsche 911 RSR 0.296 55 Am
50 #54 CASTELLACCI Francesco Ferrari F488 GTE 4.324 55 Am
51 #88 AL QUBAISI Khaled Porsche 911 RSR 13.900 55 Am
52 #99 PUMPELLY Spencer Porsche 911 RSR 1:21.155 55 Am
53 #90 EASTWOOD Charlie Aston Martin VANTAGE 1:29.710 55 Am
54 #85 STOLZ Luca Ferrari F488 GTE 1:37.443 55 Am
55 #80 MARIS Erik Porsche 911 RSR 1:39.460 55 Am
56 #61 SAWA Keita Ferrari F488 GTE 2:46.366 55 Am
57 #70 CHEEVER Edward Ferrari F488 GTE 2:57.751 55 Am
58 #64 MILNER Tommy Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 12 Laps 53 Pro
59 #86 DAVISON Alexander Porsche 911 RSR 14 Laps 51 Am
60 #11 PETROV Vitaly BR ENGINEERING BR1 – AER 47 Laps 18 P1

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