LeMans Hour 20: Porsche 1-2 with 4 hours to go

No. 19 Porsche remains in front, now by a lap

Porsche is getting closer to a 17th overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nick Tandy leading by a lap.

After 20 hours the No. 19 Porsche was still a full lap clear of the No. 17 sister car, now driven by Timo Bernhard. The No. 9 Audi R18 e-tron quattro is third, two minutes behind the second-placed Porsche.

Audi's chances of winning Le Mans once again were dealt another blow just minutes before the end of the 20th hour. Andre Lotterer was informed that the No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro was given a drive through penalty.

The reason for the drive through penalty was Marcel Fassler not respecting the slow zone earlier, while trying to unlap himself from Nick Tandy.

KCMG, which has led the race since the start, suffered a scare in the 19th hour when the team’s No. 47 Oreca 05 Nissan suddenly stopped at Arnage. Richard Bradley managed to get the car back on track, but it allowed the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 to get back onto the lead lap.

Another confirmed retirement is the No. 42 Strakka Racing Dome S103. The car coasted to a halt on the pit straight, with fluids leaking from the car. Nick Leventis eventually got the car as far as the Esses, but a gearshift issue led to the inevitable retirement from the race.

No. 64 Corvette leads GTE Pro by just 2 secs.

In GTE-Pro the battle between the No.64 Corvette C7.R and the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia continued, with Tommy Milner leading Toni Vilander by a mere 10 seconds with five hours left. With four hours to go both cars were in the pit at the same time, the gap just over a second.

AF Corse lost the GTE-Am entered No. 55 Ferrari 458 Italia after it ran out of fuel. Alex Mortimer was forced to park the Ferrari at the exit of Indianapolis, while the Italian team was standing in the pits awaiting its arrival.

Mathias Lauda leads GTE-Am in the No. 98 Aston Martin, the SMP Racing Ferrari is still in second place, despite an off at Indianapolis.

Light rain was reported right at the end of the hour, with Eduardo Freitas declaring a wet track.

Hour 20 Standings

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Behind
1 LMP1 #19 Porsche Hulkenberg, Bamber, Tandy 325 +0.000s
2 LMP1 #17 Porsche Bernhard, Webber, Hartley 324 + 1 Lap
3 LMP1 #9 Audi Albuquerque, Bonanomi, Rast 324 + 2m03.637s
4 LMP1 #7 Audi Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer 323 + 2 Laps
5 LMP1 #8 Audi Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis 323 + 33.085s
6 LMP1 #18 Porsche Dumas, Jani, Lieb 322 + 3 Laps
7 LMP1 #2 Toyota Wurz, Sarrazin, Conway 318 + 7 Laps
8 LMP1 #1 Toyota Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima 316 + 9 Laps
9 LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson, Bradley, Lapierre 294 + 31 Laps
10 LMP2 #26 Ligier Rusinov, Canal, Bird 294 + 1m52.772s
11 LMP2 #38 Gibson Dolan, Evans, Turvey 293 + 32 Laps
12 LMP2 #34 Ligier Cumming, Vanthoor, Estre 291 + 34 Laps
13 LMP2 #28 Ligier Yacaman, Derani, Gonzalez 291 + 12.400s
14 LMP2 #48 Oreca Chandhok, Patterson, Berthon 285 + 40 Laps
15 LMP2 #27 BR Mediani, Markozov, Minassian 279 + 46 Laps
16 LMP2 #31 Ligier Brown, Van Overbeek, Fogarty 279 + 37.144s
17 LMP2 #45 Oreca Ibanez, Perret, Bellarosa 279 + 2m01.943s
18 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Imperatori, Kraihamer, Abt 278 + 47 Laps
19 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Taylor 277 + 48 Laps
20 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Bruni, Vilander, Fisichella 277 + 2.081s
21 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Christensen, Bergmeister 277 + 2m49.263s
22 LMP2 #35 Ligier Nicolet, Merlin, Maris 276 + 49 Laps
23 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 275 + 50 Laps
24 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Calado, Beretta 275 + 1m08.996s
25 LMP2 #29 Morgan Roussel, Tung, Cheng 273 + 52 Laps
26 GTE Am #72 Ferrari Shaytar, Bertolini, Basov 273 + 32.439s
27 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Sweedler, Bell, Segal 272 + 53 Laps
28 GTE Am #77 Porsche Dempsey, Long, Seefried 272 + 1m59.771s
29 GTE Am #53 Dodge Bleekemolen, Keating, Miller 272 + 2m54.886s
30 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost, Heidfeld, Beche 272 + 3m14.638s
31 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Perrodo, Collard, Aguas 271 + 54 Laps
32 LMP2 #30 Ligier Sharp, Dalziel, Heinemeier Hansson 270 + 55 Laps
33 GTE Pro #95 Aston Sorensen, Thiim, Nygaard 270 + 1m46.671s
34 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mann, Giammaria, Cressoni 268 + 57 Laps
35 LMP2 #42 Dome Leventis, Watts, Kane 264 + 61 Laps
36 LMP2 #40 Ligier Krohn, Jonsson, Barbosa 264 + 1h34m57.713s
37 GTE Am #68 Porsche Chen, Vannelet, Parisy 262 + 63 Laps
38 LMP2 #37 BR Aleshin, Ladygin, Ladygin 261 + 64 Laps
39 GTE Am #66 Ferrari Al Faisal, Giermaziak, Avenatti 261 + 44.926s
40 GTE Am #67 Porsche Chen, Kapadia, Maassen 261 + 2m32.573s
41 GTE Pro #99 Aston Rees, Macdowall, Stanaway 260 + 65 Laps
42 LMP1 #23 Nissan Pla, Mardenborough, Chilton 215 + 110 Laps
43 LMP1 #4 CLM Trummer, Kaffer, Monteiro 214 + 111 Laps
44 LMP1 #22 Nissan Tincknell, Krumm, Buncombe 207 + 118 Laps
45 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Griffin, Mortimer 241 Retired
46 LMP2 #46 Oreca Thiriet, Badey, Gommendy 204 Retired
47 GTE Am #96 Aston Goethe, Hall, Castellacci 187 Retired
48 LMP2 #43 Morgan Ragues, Webb, Amberg 162 Retired
49 LMP1 #21 Nissan Matsuda, Shulzhitskiy, Ordonez 115 Retired
50 LMP2 #36 Alpine Panciatici, Chatin, Capillaire 110 Retired
51 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Mucke, Bell 110 Retired
52 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Roda, Ruberti, Poulsen 94 Retired
53 LMP2 #41 Gibson Hirsch, Paletou, Lancaster 71 Retired
54 GTE Am #88 Porsche Ried, Al Qubaisi, Bachler 44 Retired
55 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Pilet, Makowiecki, Henzler 14 Retired

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