LeMans Hour 20: Toyota Porsche battle with 4 hours left

The No. 2 Porsche is battling the more fuel efficient Toyotas
The No. 2 Porsche is battling the more fuel efficient Toyotas

The thrilling fight for the win at Le Mans between Toyota and Porsche has gone on for hours, with the final stages of the 24-Hours race approaching. Until shortly before 11:00 hrs the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid with Marc Lieb (DE) at the wheel was leading, just now Toyota has gone back into P1 again.

The #5 Toyota is again in front of the #2 Porsche but all is still to play for. The number of pit stops could prove decisive, with the Japanese car having the upper hand in this respect.

At 10:14, Sebastien Buemi in the #5 Toyota returned to the pits for a routine stop with Anthony Davidson taking over the wheel. The #2 Porsche stopped at the same time but with Marc Lieb remaining in the cockpit, the German took control of the race. “I’m trying to do the best I can, but it was tough at the end of my stint with my tires. We have two types of tire and we’ll probably be putting on harder ones. We need to be going flat out and my teammates now need to attack," Buemi explained to Radio 24 Heures. And Davidson did just that as he regained the leadership at 10:54, overtaking Lieb at the end of the Mulsanne Straight.

The #8 Audi R18 running P4 was reported to losing speed at 10:39. Pushed into the garage, the car shared by Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis was suffering from a front axle issue. The #7 Audi is running P5, eleven laps behind the leaders.

In LM P2, Signatech Alpine’s #36 Alpine A460, driven by Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Richelmi, is firmly in command but not home and dry. It has a one-lap lead over G-Drive Racing’s #26 Oreca-Nissan with Rusinov/Stevens/Rast. Russian team SMP Racing is enjoying a smooth race which sees the #37 BR01-Nissan complete the top three.

The battle at the head of the race is mirrored in the LM GTE Pro class where Ferrari and Ford have renewed their rivalry, 50 years on from the GT40’s maiden win. The Italian marque holds the advantage as Risi Competizione’s #82 488 leads the #68 Ford GT but there is very little between them and right at the 20-Hour mark given pitstops, the Ford was actually ahead.

Scuderia Corsa’s #62 Ferrari shared by William Sweedler, Townsend Bell and Jeffrey Segal continues to lead the LM GTE Am field from the #88 Porsche and the AF Corse’s #83 Ferrari.

LM P1
1. Toyota Gazoo Racing (#5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid) Sebastien Buemi – Anthony Davidson – Kazuki Nakajima
2. Porsche Team (#2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) Romain Dumas – Marc Lieb – Neel Jani
3. Toyota Gazoo Racing (#6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid) Mike Conway – Stephane Sarrazin – Kamui Kobayashi

LM P2
1. Signatech Alpine (#36 Alpine A460-Nissan) Gustavo Menezes – Nicolas Lapierre – Stephane Richelmi
2. G-Drive Racing (#26 Oreca 05-Nissan) Roman Rusinov – Will Stevens – Rene Rast
3. SMP Racing (#37 BR Engineering BR01-Nissan) Vitaly Petrov – Viktor Shaitar – Kirill Ladygin

LM GTE Pro
1. Risi Competizione (#82 Ferrari 488 GTE) Giancarlo Fisichella – Toni Vilander – Matteo Malucelli
2. Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (#68 Ford GT) Joey Hand – Dirk Muller – Sebastien Bourdais
3. Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (#69 Ford GT) Ryan Briscoe – Richard Westbrook – Scott Dixon

LM GTE Am
1. Scuderia Corsa (#62 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2) Bill Sweedler – Townsend Bell – Jeff Segal
2. Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (#88 Porsche 911 RSR) Khaled Al Qubaisi – Patrick Long – David Heinemeier Hansson
3. AF Corse (#83 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2) Fran̤ois Perrodo РEmmanuel Collard РRui Aguas

Hour 20 Standings

Pos No. – Team Drivers Car Class Laps Behind Gap
1 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing DAVIDSON / BUEMI / NAKAJIMA Toyota TS050 – Hybrid LMP1 H 318 0.000s 0.000s
2 2 Porsche Team DUMAS / JANI / LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 H 318 1:11.913 1:11.913
3 6 Toyota Gazoo Racing SARRAZIN / CONWAY / KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 – Hybrid LMP1 H 318 1:21.097 9.184
4 8 Audi Sport Team Joest DI GRASSI / DUVAL / JARVIS Audi R18 LMP1 H 310 8 Laps 8 Laps
5 7 Audi Sport Team Joest FÄSSLER / LOTTERER / TRÉLUYER Audi R18 LMP1 H 304 14 Laps 6 Laps
6 36 Signatech Alpine MENEZES / LAPIERRE / RICHELMI Alpine A460 – Nissan LMP2 296 22 Laps 8 Laps
7 26 G-Drive Racing RUSINOV / STEVENS / RAST Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 295 23 Laps 1 Laps
8 37 SMP Racing PETROV / SHAITAR / LADYGIN BR01 – Nissan LMP2 292 26 Laps 3 Laps
9 42 Strakka Racing LEVENTIS / WATTS / KANE Gibson 015S – Nissan LMP2 292 26 Laps 1:39.877
10 33 Eurasia Motorsport PU / GOMMENDY / DE BRUIJN Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 289 29 Laps 3 Laps
11 41 Greaves Motorsport ROJAS / CANAL / BERTHON Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 288 30 Laps 1 Laps
12 27 SMP Racing MINASSIAN / MEDIANI / ALESHIN BR01 – Nissan LMP2 287 31 Laps 1 Laps
13 23 Panis Barthez Competition BARTHEZ / CHATIN / BURET Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 287 31 Laps 13.457
14 49 Michael Shank Racing PEW / NEGRI JR / VANTHOOR Ligier JS P2 – Honda LMP2 285 33 Laps 2 Laps
15 43 RGR Sport by Morand GONZALEZ / SENNA / ALBUQUERQUE Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 283 35 Laps 2 Laps
16 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports SHARP / BROWN / VAN OVERBEEK Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 283 35 Laps 2:21.788
17 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA HAND / MÃœLLER / BOURDAIS Ford GT LMGTE Pro 282 36 Laps 1 Laps
18 82 Risi Competizione FISICHELLA / VILANDER / MALUCELLI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro 282 36 Laps 6.913
19 25 Algarve Pro Racing MUNEMANN / HOY / PIZZITOLA Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 282 36 Laps 17.522
20 31 Extreme Speed Motorsports DALZIEL / DERANI / CUMMING Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 281 37 Laps 1 Laps
21 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA BRISCOE / WESTBROOK / DIXON Ford GT LMGTE Pro 281 37 Laps 19:03.021
22 95 Aston Martin Racing THIIM / SØRENSEN / TURNER Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro 281 37 Laps 3:36.200
23 1 Porsche Team BERNHARD / WEBBER / HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 H 280 38 Laps 1 Laps
24 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK PLA / MÃœCKE / JOHNSON Ford GT LMGTE Pro 280 38 Laps 41.576
25 97 Aston Martin Racing STANAWAY / REES / ADAM Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro 279 39 Laps 1 Laps
26 48 Murphy Prototypes KEATING / BLEEKEMOLEN / GOOSSENS Oreca 03R – Nissan LMP2 279 39 Laps 2:18.632
27 40 Krohn Racing KROHN / JÃ-NSSON / BARBOSA Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 279 39 Laps 9.414
28 44 Manor GRAVES / RAO / MERHI Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 278 40 Laps 1 Laps
29 63 Corvette Racing – GM MAGNUSSEN / GARCIA / TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R LMGTE Pro 278 40 Laps 1:20.133
30 62 Scuderia Corsa SWEEDLER / BELL / SEGAL Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 275 43 Laps 3 Laps
31 83 AF Corse PERRODO / COLLARD / AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE Am 273 45 Laps 2 Laps
32 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing AL QUBAISI / HEINEMEIER HANSSON / LONG Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 273 45 Laps 2.176
33 61 Clearwater Racing MOK / SAWA / BELL Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 272 46 Laps 1 Laps
34 22 SO24 ! By Lombard Racing CAPILLAIRE / MARIS / COLEMAN Ligier JS P2 – Judd LMP2 272 46 Laps 4:28.011
35 77 Dempsey – Proton Racing LIETZ / CHRISTENSEN / ENG Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro 271 47 Laps 1 Laps
36 86 Gulf Racing WAINWRIGHT / CARROLL / BARKER Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 271 47 Laps 35.881
37 12 Rebellion Racing PROST / HEIDFELD / PIQUET JR Rebellion R-One – AER LMP1 271 47 Laps 6.400
38 98 Aston Martin Racing DALLA LANA / LAMY / LAUDA Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE Am 270 48 Laps 1 Laps
39 60 Formula Racing LAURSEN / MAC / NIELSEN Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 269 49 Laps 1 Laps
40 55 AF Corse CAMERON / GRIFFIN / SCOTT Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 266 52 Laps 3 Laps
41 99 Aston Martin Racing HOWARD / GRIFFIN / HIRSCH Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE Am 263 55 Laps 3 Laps
42 50 Larbre Competition YAMAGISHI / RAGUES / BELLOC Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE Am 260 58 Laps 3 Laps
43 84 SRT41 By OAK Racing SAUSSET / TINSEAU / BOUVET Morgan LMP2 – Nissan CDNT 259 59 Laps 1 Laps
44 28 Pegasus Racing TAITTINGER / STRIEBIG / ROUSSEL Morgan – Nissan LMP2 257 61 Laps 2 Laps
45 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK FRANCHITTI / PRIAULX / TINCKNELL Ford GT LMGTE Pro 255 63 Laps 2 Laps
46 57 Team AAI O'CONNEL / BRYANT / PATTERSON Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE Am 252 66 Laps 3 Laps
47 78 KCMG RIED / HENZLER / CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 244 74 Laps 8 Laps
48 34 Race Performance LEUTWILER / NAKANO / WINSLOW Oreca 03R – Judd LMP2 240 78 Laps 4 Laps
49 38 G-Drive Racing DOLAN / DENNIS / VAN DER GARDE Gibson 015S – Nissan LMP2 222 96 Laps 18 Laps
50 13 Rebellion Racing TUSCHER / IMPERATORI / KRAIHAMER Rebellion R-One – AER LMP1 200 118 Laps 22 Laps
DNF 46 Thiriet By Tds Racing THIRIET / BECHE / HIRAKAWA Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 241
DNF 35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine CHENG / TUNG / PANCIATICI Alpine A460 – Nissan LMP2 234
DNF 64 Corvette Racing – GM GAVIN / MILNER / TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R LMGTE Pro 219
DNF 4 Bykolles Racing Team TRUMMER / WEBB / KAFFER CLM P1/01 – AER LMP1 206
DNF 51 AF Corse BRUNI / CALADO / PIER GUIDI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro 179
DNF 71 AF Corse RIGON / BIRD / BERTOLINI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro 143
DNF 92 Porsche Motorsport MAKOWIECKI / BAMBER / BERGMEISTER Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro 140
DNF 91 Porsche Motorsport PILET / ESTRE / TANDY Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro 135
DNF 47 KCMG MATSUDA / HOWSON / BRADLEY Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 116
DNF 89 Proton Competition MACNEIL / KEEN / MILLER Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 50

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