LeMans Hour 19: Toyota running 1-2

The No. 5 Toyota led at as the sun came up
The No. 5 Toyota led at as the sun came up

As the leaders passed the 300-lap mark, things are still very tight in the four classes. There have been few changes over the last hour but this could well be the calm before the storm as things are sure to hot up as we approach the end of the race!

Toyota Racing had two cars in a three-way fight for victory in the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours when the race entered its final five hours.

The TS050 HYBRID’s better fuel efficiency allows it to complete 14 laps per stint, while its rivals are pitting one lap earlier. That reduced the number of stops required and contributed to a fascinating battle for the win with Porsche who are going 13 laps.

With over 50 cars still on track, traffic remained a significant factor and minor incidents affected several competitors, including the #6 which lost 30 seconds during the night due to a pit-lane repair of damaged bodywork.

The battle for top spot was too close to call entering the 17th hour; the two TS050 HYBRIDs were still locked together with the #2 Porsche. All three leading cars were lapping at a similar speed as the sun rose over the Circuit de la Sarthe, with Stephane and Kazuki at the wheel of the TOYOTAs.

Audi are definitely short on luck at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. The #7 R18 was already behind early in the race and has fallen back even further after mechanics replaced a pull-rod when Benoit Treluyer reported vibrations. The second Audi has not encountered major issues since the start but has never really managed to keep up with the leaders. It is now two laps behind the car out in front. No change at the top with two Toyotas and the #2 Porsche jockeying for position between refuelling stops.

It is quite a similar picture in LM P2 where four manufacturers are all still in with a chance of victory: Alpine, Oreca, Gibson and BR. There was a collision between the #40 and #49 Ligiers after John Pew lost control at the Forza Motorsport chicane. Both cars were able to make their own way back to the pits for repair.

The #68 Ford GT experienced a few issues with its electronics so lost some ground, but soon came back behind the #82 Ferrari, leader in the LM GTE Pro class. As the twentieth hour approached, Dirk Müller was just 15 seconds behind Matteo Malucelli.

The #64 Corvette has retired
The #64 Corvette has retired

Corvette Racing’s No. 64 Konica Minolta/Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R has been retired following a crash in the 17th hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driver Tommy Milner returned to the team garage under his own power. He, Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor had been running as high as fifth in GTE Pro.

"First and foremost, I’m happy to be in a Corvette," said Milner. "This Corvette Racing team and the group at Chevrolet build the safest cars. We’ve seen some big wrecks here over the years and all our drivers have walked away fine. So I feel fortunate in that regard. I’m pretty disappointed that our race has ended the way it has. You never want to be in the car when something like that happens. We had just made some setup changes to try and get some more speed out of the car. It was just driver error. I should have done a better job of keeping the car under control but couldn’t do it today. I’m just disappointed for my teammates and the crew guys for having our race end like this. You always want to finish the race no matter what. So it’s definitely disappointing."

IN LM GTE Am, the #50 Corvette hit a barrier at the Porsche Curves. Driven by Yutaka Yamagishi for Larbre Competition, the car is currently seventh in class.

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

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. Strakka Racing (#42 Gibson 015S-Nissan) Nick Leventis – Danny Watts – Jonny Kane

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 19 Standings

Pos No. Team Drivers Car Class Laps Behind Gap
1 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing DAVIDSON / BUEMI / NAKAJIMA Toyota TS050 – Hybrid LMP1 H 301 0.0000s 0.000s
2 6 Toyota Gazoo Racing SARRAZIN / CONWAY / KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 – Hybrid LMP1 H 301 25.495 25.495
3 2 Porsche Team DUMAS / JANI / LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 H 301 26.501 1.006
4 8 Audi Sport Team Joest DI GRASSI / DUVAL / JARVIS Audi R18 LMP1 H 300 1 Laps 1 Laps
5 7 Audi Sport Team Joest FÄSSLER / LOTTERER / Treluyer Audi R18 LMP1 H 288 13 Laps 12 Laps
6 36 Signatech Alpine MENEZES / LAPIERRE / RICHELMI Alpine A460 – Nissan LMP2 280 21 Laps 8 Laps
7 26 G-Drive Racing RUSINOV / STEVENS / RAST Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 279 22 Laps 1 Laps
8 42 Strakka Racing LEVENTIS / WATTS / KANE Gibson 015S – Nissan LMP2 277 24 Laps 2 Laps
9 37 SMP Racing PETROV / SHAITAR / LADYGIN BR01 – Nissan LMP2 276 25 Laps 1 Laps
10 33 Eurasia Motorsport PU / GOMMENDY / DE BRUIJN Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 273 28 Laps 3 Laps
11 41 Greaves Motorsport ROJAS / CANAL / BERTHON Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 272 29 Laps 1 Laps
12 31 Extreme Speed Motorsports DALZIEL / DERANI / CUMMING Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 272 29 Laps 1:59.312
13 27 SMP Racing MINASSIAN / MEDIANI / ALESHIN BR01 – Nissan LMP2 271 30 Laps 1 Laps
14 23 Panis Barthez Competition BARTHEZ / CHATIN / BURET Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 271 30 Laps 1:49.218
15 49 Michael Shank Racing PEW / NEGRI JR / VANTHOOR Ligier JS P2 – Honda LMP2 269 32 Laps 2 Laps
16 43 RGR Sport by Morand GONZALEZ / SENNA / ALBUQUERQUE Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 267 34 Laps 2 Laps
17 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports SHARP / BROWN / VAN OVERBEEK Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 267 34 Laps 19.871
18 82 Risi Competizione FISICHELLA / VILANDER / MALUCELLI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro 267 34 Laps 1:50.371
19 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA HAND / MÃœLLER / BOURDAIS Ford GT LMGTE Pro 267 34 Laps 6.774
20 25 Algarve Pro Racing MUNEMANN / HOY / PIZZITOLA Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 266 35 Laps 1 Laps
21 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA BRISCOE / WESTBROOK / DIXON Ford GT LMGTE Pro 266 35 Laps 1:41.988
22 95 Aston Martin Racing THIIM / SØRENSEN / TURNER Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro 265 36 Laps 1 Laps
23 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK PLA / MÃœCKE / JOHNSON Ford GT LMGTE Pro 265 36 Laps 2:53.612
24 48 Murphy Prototypes KEATING / BLEEKEMOLEN / GOOSSENS Oreca 03R – Nissan LMP2 265 36 Laps 1:08.206
25 97 Aston Martin Racing STANAWAY / REES / ADAM Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro 264 37 Laps 1 Laps
26 40 Krohn Racing KROHN / JÃ-NSSON / BARBOSA Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 263 38 Laps 1 Laps
27 63 Corvette Racing – GM MAGNUSSEN / GARCIA / TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R LMGTE Pro 263 38 Laps 14:47.264
28 1 Porsche Team BERNHARD / WEBBER / HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 H 263 38 Laps 9.269
29 44 Manor GRAVES / RAO / MERHI Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 263 38 Laps 0.826
30 62 Scuderia Corsa SWEEDLER / BELL / SEGAL Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 260 41 Laps 3 Laps
31 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing AL QUBAISI / HEINEMEIER HANSSON / LONG Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 259 42 Laps 1 Laps
32 83 AF Corse PERRODO / COLLARD / AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE Am 259 42 Laps 38.283
33 61 Clearwater Racing MOK / SAWA / BELL Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 258 43 Laps 1 Laps
34 86 Gulf Racing WAINWRIGHT / CARROLL / BARKER Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 257 44 Laps 1 Laps
35 22 SO24 ! By Lombard Racing CAPILLAIRE / MARIS / COLEMAN Ligier JS P2 – Judd LMP2 256 45 Laps 1 Laps
36 77 Dempsey – Proton Racing LIETZ / CHRISTENSEN / ENG Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro 256 45 Laps 42.624
37 98 Aston Martin Racing DALLA LANA / LAMY / LAUDA Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE Am 255 46 Laps 1 Laps
38 12 Rebellion Racing PROST / HEIDFELD / PIQUET JR Rebellion R-One – AER LMP1 255 46 Laps 1:16.841
39 60 Formula Racing LAURSEN / MAC / NIELSEN Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 255 46 Laps 41.758
40 55 AF Corse CAMERON / GRIFFIN / SCOTT Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 252 49 Laps 3 Laps
41 99 Aston Martin Racing HOWARD / GRIFFIN / HIRSCH Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE Am 249 52 Laps 3 Laps
42 50 Larbre Competition YAMAGISHI / RAGUES / BELLOC Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE Am 248 53 Laps 1 Laps
43 84 SRT41 By OAK Racing SAUSSET / TINSEAU / BOUVET Morgan LMP2 – Nissan CDNT 244 57 Laps 4 Laps
44 28 Pegasus Racing TAITTINGER / STRIEBIG / ROUSSEL Morgan – Nissan LMP2 242 59 Laps 2 Laps
45 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK FRANCHITTI / PRIAULX / TINCKNELL Ford GT LMGTE Pro 239 62 Laps 3 Laps
46 57 Team AAI O'CONNEL / BRYANT / PATTERSON Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE Am 239 62 Laps 2:17.159
47 78 KCMG RIED / HENZLER / CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am 230 71 Laps 9 Laps
48 34 Race Performance LEUTWILER / NAKANO / WINSLOW Oreca 03R – Judd LMP2 224 77 Laps 6 Laps
49 38 G-Drive Racing DOLAN / DENNIS / VAN DER GARDE Gibson 015S – Nissan LMP2 222 79 Laps 2 Laps
50 13 Rebellion Racing TUSCHER / IMPERATORI / KRAIHAMER Rebellion R-One – AER LMP1 200 101 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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