LeMans Hour 9: Porsche and Toyota take turns in the lead

#2 Porsche led at the 9-hour mark but not for long
#2 Porsche led at the 9-hour mark but not for long

Night has fallen on the great Circuit de la Sarthe. Toyota and Porsche have solidified their grip on the first part of the race. Toyota in particular seems to be in a position of strength. Indeed, the Toyota TS 050s are doing 14-lap stints whereas their rivals Audi and Porsche have only managed 13 laps, which means the Japanese cars are pulling ahead gradually, and can hope to save one or two stops during the race. Since each trip to pitlane takes a little more than a minute, the time saved could make the difference under the checkered flag.

Since 11:00 p.m., plenty has happened. At 11:15 p.m., the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, at the time in the lead trio, returned to the its pit (and was still there at midnight). At 11:20 p.m., it was the #7 Audi R18's turn, delayed since the start with turbo problems, to head back to its box. This edition has remained difficult for three-time winners Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, and Benoit Treluyer – a masking of brake ducts continues. The temperature appears to be too cool for the Audi crew, who must modify the car so the braking system doesn't get too cold.

The race continued on but at 11:20 p.m. Paul Dalla Lana had an incident coming out of the Porsche curves. The #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, second in LM GTE Am, settled in the gravel trap. Eventually the driver restarted, and passed pitlane. Francois Perrodo also made a mistake. He went straight at Mulsanne in the #83 Ferrari 458 Italia, also entered in LM GTE Am. These two circumstances compelled race direction to deploy the safety car and the race continued under its rule for a little longer than 20 minutes.

Currently, Neel Jani is driving the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid and Mike Conway is at the wheel of the #6 Toyota TS 050 ahead of Sebastien Buemi in the #5 sister car. The three leaders are in the same lap.

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

LM P2
Thiriet by TDS Racing (#46 Oreca 05-Nissan) Pierre Thiriet – Mathias Beche – Ryo Hirakawa
Signatech Alpine (#36 Alpine A460-Nissan) Gustavo Menezes – Nicolas Lapierre – Stephane Richelmi
G-Drive Racing (#26 Oreca 05-Nissan) Roman Rusinov – Will Stevens – Rene Rast

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

LM GTE Am
Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (#88 Porsche 911 RSR) Khaled Al Qubaisi – Patrick Long – David Heinemeier Hansson
Scuderia Corsa (#62 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2) Bill Sweedler – Townsend Bell – Jeff Segal
AF Corse (#55 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2) Duncan Cameron – Aaron Scott – Matt Griffin

Hour 9 Standings

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Behind
1 LMP1 #2 Porsche Dumas, Jani, Lieb 139 + 0.000s
2 LMP1 #6 Toyota Sarrazin, Conway, Kobayashi 139 + 1.769s
3 LMP1 #5 Toyota Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima 139 + 1m18.289s
4 LMP1 #8 Audi Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis 138 + 1 Lap
5 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Tuscher, Imperatori, Kraihamer 132 + 7 Laps
6 LMP1 #7 Audi Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer 131 + 8 Laps
7 LMP2 #46 Oreca Thiriet, Beche, Hirakawa 130 + 9 Laps
8 LMP1 #1 Porsche Bernhard, Webber, Hartley 129 + 10 Laps
9 LMP2 #36 Alpine Menezes, Lapierre, Richelmi 129 + 47m52.032s
10 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Stevens, Rast 129 + 48m47.787s
11 LMP2 #38 Gibson Dolan, Dennis, Van Der Garde 128 + 11 Laps
12 LMP2 #42 Gibson Leventis, Watts, Kane 128 + 2m06.115s
13 LMP2 #37 BR01 Petrov, Shaytar, Ladygin 127 + 12 Laps
14 LMP2 #27 BR01 Minassian, Mediani, Aleshin 127 + 1m42.635s
15 LMP2 #35 Alpine Cheng, Tung, Panciatici 127 + 1m47.502s
16 LMP2 #33 Oreca Pu, Gommendy, De Bruijn 126 + 13 Laps
17 LMP2 #41 Ligier Rojas, Canal, Berthon 125 + 14 Laps
18 LMP2 #31 Ligier Dalziel, Derani, Cumming 124 + 15 Laps
19 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Bourdais 124 + 26.354s
20 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Fisichella, Vilander, Malucelli 124 + 1m40.887s
21 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 123 + 16 Laps
22 LMP2 #49 Ligier Pew, Negri Jr, Vanthoor 123 + 1m22.481s
23 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Chatin, Buret 123 + 1m33.191s
24 LMP2 #30 Ligier Sharp, Brown, Van Overbeek 123 + 1m41.199s
25 LMP2 #25 Ligier Munemann, Hoy, Pizzitola 123 + 1m44.250s
26 GTE Pro #77 Porsche Lietz, Christensen, Eng 123 + 3m11.658s
27 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Turner 123 + 3m13.279s
28 GTE Pro #66 Ford Pla, Mucke, Johnson 122 + 17 Laps
29 GTE Pro #97 Aston Stanaway, Rees, Adam 122 + 5.617s
30 LMP2 #40 Ligier Krohn, Jonsson, Barbosa 122 + 1m23.398s
31 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Taylor 122 + 1m23.686s
32 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Pilet, Estre, Tandy 122 + 1m49.100s
33 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Bertolini 122 + 1m53.129s
34 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 122 + 3m11.592s
35 GTE Am #88 Porsche Al Qubaisi, Heinemeier Hansson, Long 120 + 19 Laps
36 LMP2 #43 Ligier Gonzalez, Senna, Albuquerque 120 + 1m02.958s
37 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Sweedler, Bell, Segal 120 + 1m43.571s
38 CDNT #84 Morgan Sausset, Tinseau, Bouvet 120 + 3m07.314s
39 LMP2 #22 Ligier Capillaire, Maris, Coleman 119 + 20 Laps
40 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Griffin, Scott 119 + 7.300s
41 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost, Heidfeld, Piquet Jr 119 + 1m02.669s
42 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Bell 119 + 2m47.058s
43 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Yamagishi, Ragues, Belloc 118 + 21 Laps
44 LMP2 #48 Oreca Keating, Bleekemolen, Goossens 118 + 1m02.063s
45 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Carroll, Barker 118 + 1m06.522s
46 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Perrodo, Collard, Aguas 118 + 1m08.657s
47 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 117 + 22 Laps
48 LMP2 #34 Oreca Leutwiler, Nakano, Winslow 117 + 2m25.769s
49 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Laursen, Mac, Nielsen 116 + 23 Laps
50 GTE Am #78 Porsche Ried, Henzler, Camathias 115 + 24 Laps
51 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Griffin, Hirsch 114 + 25 Laps
52 LMP2 #44 Oreca Graves, Rao, Merhi 113 + 26 Laps
53 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Bruni, Calado, Pier Guidi 111 + 28 Laps
54 LMP2 #28 Morgan Taittinger, Striebig, Roussel 108 + 31 Laps
55 LMP2 #47 Oreca Matsuda, Howson, Bradley 108 + 23m09.045s
56 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Makowiecki, Bamber, Bergmeister 105 + 34 Laps
57 LMP1 #4 CLM Trummer, Webb, Kaffer 103 + 36 Laps
58 GTE Am #57 Chevrolet O'Connel, Bryant, Patterson 102 + 37 Laps
59 GTE Pro #67 Ford Franchitti, Priaulx, Tincknell 97 + 42 Laps
60 GTE Am #89 Porsche Macneil, Keen, Miller 50 Retired

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