LeMans 24 Hour 22: #38 LMP2 has 1-lap lead over #2 LMP1 Porsche

After 22 hours, an unprecedented battle for victory has developed between an LMP2 and an LMP1. For the time being, the Oreca 07 – Gibson of Jackie Chan DC Racing leads by less than a lap from the pursuing #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, making up around ten seconds per lap.

24 Hours of Le Mans - Hour 22 recap
© Jean-Philippe BOYER (ACO)

LMP1

Timo Bernhard has just taken over the wheel of the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid from Brendon Hartley, who had driven practically all morning. His mission is a simple one: catch the #38 Oreca 07 – Gibson #38 fielded by Jackie Chan DC Racing, with 19-year-old rookie Thomas Laurent at the wheel. This LMP2 entry made the most of the issues experienced by the LMP1 competitors to take the lead, but lap times are not in its favour. The Porsche laps in 3:23, whereas the Oreca entry never dips below the 3:30 barrier. Mathematically, the Porsche should do it comfortably, but race incidents and particularly the appearance of Slow Zones, could scupper the Stuttgart-based team’s plans.

LMP2

It’s the LMP2s’ day, with eight representatives of the class in the top ten in the general classification. The #35 Alpine A470 – Gibson is now second in class, and third overall, behind the #38 Oreca. A fourth LMP2 has retired in the last hour. Fabien Barthez pulled up after Arnage, and got out of his Ligier.

The #13 Vaillante Rebellion has also experienced starter trouble. The mechanics have taken a gamble by not changing the faulty component, as it seeks to remain in touch with the #35 Alpine in second place.

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LMGTE Pro

Since the start of the race, there have been 46 changes of lead in the LMGTE Pro class! Proof, if it were needed, of how close the performances are. The pole-sitting #97 Aston Martin Vantage leads the pack with two hours to go, but it’s anyone’s guess who will win. The #63 Corvette C7.R, the #91 Porsche, the #71 Ferrari and the #67 Ford are hot on the heels of the Vantage.

LMGTE Am

Status quo in the LMGTE Am standings with the three Ferraris still out in front. The #84 of JMW Motorsport leads from the #55 and the #62 of Spirit of Race and Scuderia Corsa respectively.

Hour 22 Standings

Pos No. Driver Car Gap Laps Cat.
1 #38 LAURENT Thomas Oreca 07 – Gibson 0.000s 333 P2
2 #2 BERNHARD Timo Porsche 919 Hybrid 1 Lap 332 P1
3 #35 NEGRÃO Andre Alpine A470 – Gibson 2 Laps 331 P2
4 #13 PIQUET JR Nelson Oreca 07 – Gibson 3 Laps 330 P2
5 #37 BRUNDLE Alex Oreca 07 – Gibson 1:19.209 330 P2
6 #32 ALBUQUERQUE Filipe LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 4 Laps 329 P2
7 #24 VERGNE JEAN-ERIC Oreca 07 – Gibson 5 Laps 328 P2
8 #40 ALLEN James Oreca 07 – Gibson 6 Laps 327 P2
9 #8 BUEMI Sebastien Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 11 Laps 322 P1
10 #47 SERNAGIOTTO Giorgio Dallara P217 – Gibson 12 Laps 321 P2
11 #34 HANSON Philip LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 14 Laps 319 P2
12 #36 MENEZES Gustavo Alpine A470 – Gibson 15 Laps 318 P2
13 #17 LAFARGUE Paul LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 21 Laps 312 P2
14 #29 LAMMERS Jan Dallara P217 – Gibson 8.969 312 P2
15 #21 ROSENQVIST Felix Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:09.088 312 P2
16 #33 NICOLET Jacques LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 23 Laps 310 P2
17 #63 TAYLOR Jordan Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 24 Laps 309 Pro
18 #97 ADAM Jonathan Aston Martin VANTAGE 3.704 309 Pro
19 #91 MAKOWIECKI Frederic Porsche 911 RSR 1:41.883 309 Pro
20 #67 TINCKNELL Harry Ford GT 25 Laps 308 Pro
21 #71 RIGON Davide Ferrari 488 GTE 1:17.816 308 Pro
22 #68 MÃœLLER Dirk Ford GT 2:37.557 308 Pro
23 #31 CANAL Julien Oreca 07 – Gibson 26 Laps 307 P2
24 #69 BRISCOE Ryan Ford GT 27 Laps 306 Pro
25 #64 MILNER Tommy Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 29 Laps 304 Pro
26 #95 STANAWAY Richie Aston Martin VANTAGE 30 Laps 303 Pro
27 #84 STEVENS Will Ferrari 488 GTE 31 Laps 302 Am
28 #55 CIOCI Marco Ferrari 488 GTE 3:22.244 302 Am
29 #66 MÃœCKE Stefan Ford GT 32 Laps 301 Pro
30 #62 BELL Townsend Ferrari 488 GTE 33 Laps 300 Am
31 #99 GUNN Ross Aston Martin VANTAGE 49.965 300 Am
32 #61 GRIFFIN Matt Ferrari 488 GTE 1:34.455 300 Am
33 #77 CAIROLI Matteo Porsche 911 RSR 991 34 Laps 299 Am
34 #93 AL FAISAL Abdulaziz Porsche 911 RSR 991 3:23.970 299 Am
35 #98 LAUDA Mathias Aston Martin VANTAGE 3:24.393 299 Am
36 #90 HANKEY Euan Aston Martin VANTAGE 4:46.273 299 Am
37 #45 MCMURRY Matthew LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 35 Laps 298 P2
38 #86 BARKER Benjamin Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 36 Laps 297 Am
39 #65 BALZAN Alessandro Ferrari 488 GTE 34.014 297 Am
40 #60 PARENTE Alvaro Ferrari 488 GTE 2:02.665 297 Am
41 #27 SIROTKIN Sergey Dallara P217 – Gibson 3:06.644 297 P2
42 #54 CASTELLACCI Francesco Ferrari 488 GTE 4:03.492 297 Am
43 #22 ROJAS Memo Oreca 07 – Gibson 37 Laps 296 P2
44 #39 TROUILLET Eric Oreca 07 – Gibson 42 Laps 291 P2
45 #83 BERTOLINI Andrea Ferrari 488 GTE 2:03.658 291 Am
46 #51 CALADO James Ferrari 488 GTE 44 Laps 289 Pro
47 #49 CALKO Konstantin LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 51 Laps 282 P2
48 #43 BLEEKEMOLEN Jeroen Riley MK30 – GIBSON 2:32.364 282 P2
49 #50 REES Fernando Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 53 Laps 280 Am
50 #1 LOTTERER André Porsche 919 Hybrid 15 Laps 318 P1
51 #23 BARTHEZ Fabien LIGIER JSP217 – Gibson 37 Laps 296 P2
52 #28 COLLARD Emmanuel Oreca 07 – Gibson 120 Laps 213 P2
53 #92 CHRISTENSEN Michael Porsche 911 RSR 154 Laps 179 Pro
54 #9 LAPIERRE Nicolas Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 173 Laps 160 P1
55 #7 KOBAYASHI Kamui Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 179 Laps 154 P1
56 #25 TRUMMER Simon Oreca 07 – Gibson 181 Laps 152 P2
57 #82 KAFFER Pierre Ferrari 488 GTE 261 Laps 72 Pro
58 #26 RUSINOV Roman Oreca 07 – Gibson 313 Laps 20 P2
59 #88 AL QUBAISI Khaled Porsche 911 RSR 991 315 Laps 18 Am
60 #4 WEBB Oliver ENSO CLM P1/01 – Nismo 326 Laps 7 P1

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