LeMans Hour 12:Porsche leads at halfway

Tandy in the No. 19 Porsche leads
Tandy in the No. 19 Porsche leads

Porsche led at the halfway mark of the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Nick Tandy pacing the field in the No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid by more than a minute over a pair of chasing Audi R18 e-tron quattros.

Tandy drove a quintuple stint of nearly three hours after taking over the car from Nico Hulkenberg, and made up for a reduced first stint in the car, which was cut short due to a puncture. Tandy handed over to Earl Bamber in the 13th hour.

The Nos. 9 and 7 Audis ran consistently well behind the Porsche, with Marco Bonanomi and Andre Lotterer, the two starting drivers, back in that car.

Following its penalty assessed for overtaking under yellow, the pace-setting No. 17 Porsche lost ground to be at the tail end of the lead lap, with the No. 8 Audi and No. 18 Porsche more than a lap down after separate incidents during the race, a nose change for the Audi and slow puncture for the Porsche.

The No. 47 KCMG Oreca 05 Nissan continues to lead the way in LMP2, following a thus far dominant drive by the trio of Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthew Howson. The fellow Oreca 05 of Thiriet by TDS Racing and the No. 26 Ligier JS P2 Nissan from G-Drive Racing are giving chase, albeit more than a minute behind.

Aston Martin, now likely down to one remaining bullet in GTE-Pro with the No. 95 car delayed by power steering issues and the No. 97 car having stopped out on track and retiring, leads the way in class with its No. 99 Aston Martin Vantage V8, driven by Richie Stanaway, Fernando Rees and Alex MacDowall.

The Aston Martin and No. 64 Corvette C7.R have engaged in a great scrap for the lead throughout most of the race and will look to do so again in the second 12-hour stint. The Corvette is running a solid race thus far, driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor.

SMP Racing leads in GTE-Am at the halfway mark with the No. 72 Ferrari F458 Italia, shared by Andrea Bertolini, Victor Shaytar and Alexey Basov.

The Russian-entered Ferrari and the otherwise pace-setting No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda have exchanged the lead for most of the race in class, depending on pit stops.

Official retirements at the halfway mark include the No. 21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, No. 36 Signatech Alpine A450b Nissan, No. 97 Aston Martin, No. 50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R, No. 41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S Nissan, No. 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR and No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR.

Hour 12 Standings

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Behind
1 LMP1 #19 Porsche Hulkenberg, Bamber, Tandy 192 +0.000s
2 LMP1 #9 Audi Albuquerque, Bonanomi, Rast 192 + 1m03.643s
3 LMP1 #7 Audi Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer 192 + 1m06.588s
4 LMP1 #17 Porsche Bernhard, Webber, Hartley 191 + 1 Lap
5 LMP1 #8 Audi Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis 190 + 2 Laps
6 LMP1 #18 Porsche Dumas, Jani, Lieb 189 + 3 Laps
7 LMP1 #2 Toyota Wurz, Sarrazin, Conway 188 + 4 Laps
8 LMP1 #1 Toyota Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima 185 + 7 Laps
9 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Imperatori, Kraihamer, Abt 179 + 13 Laps
10 LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson, Bradley, Lapierre 174 + 18 Laps
11 LMP2 #46 Oreca Thiriet, Badey, Gommendy 174 + 54.503s
12 LMP2 #26 Ligier Rusinov, Canal, Bird 174 + 56.085s
13 LMP2 #48 Oreca Chandhok, Patterson, Berthon 173 + 19 Laps
14 LMP2 #38 Gibson Dolan, Evans, Turvey 172 + 20 Laps
15 LMP2 #28 Ligier Yacaman, Derani, Gonzalez 172 + 58.192s
16 LMP2 #42 Dome Leventis, Watts, Kane 171 + 21 Laps
17 LMP2 #34 Ligier Cumming, Vanthoor, Estre 170 + 22 Laps
18 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost, Heidfeld, Beche 170 + 4m12.497s
19 LMP2 #27 BR Mediani, Markozov, Minassian 165 + 27 Laps
20 LMP2 #45 Oreca Ibanez, Perret, Bellarosa 165 + 2m10.690s
21 GTE Pro #99 Aston Rees, Macdowall, Stanaway 165 + 3m26.018s
22 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Taylor 164 + 28 Laps
23 LMP2 #31 Ligier Brown, Van Overbeek, Fogarty 164 + 1m10.829s
24 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Bruni, Vilander, Fisichella 164 + 1m26.676s
25 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Christensen, Bergmeister 163 + 29 Laps
26 LMP2 #35 Ligier Nicolet, Merlin, Maris 163 + 2m10.088s
27 LMP2 #43 Morgan Ragues, Webb, Amberg 162 + 30 Laps
28 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 162 + 36m42.836s
29 GTE Am #72 Ferrari Shaytar, Bertolini, Basov 162 + 37m25.565s
30 GTE Am #77 Porsche Dempsey, Long, Seefried 161 + 31 Laps
31 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Sweedler, Bell, Segal 161 + 50.450s
32 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Calado, Beretta 161 + 1m34.413s
33 LMP2 #29 Morgan Roussel, Tung, Cheng 161 + 3m14.382s
34 GTE Am #53 Dodge Bleekemolen, Keating, Miller 160 + 32 Laps
35 GTE Pro #95 Aston Sorensen, Thiim, Nygaard 160 + 24.453s
36 GTE Am #66 Ferrari Al Faisal, Giermaziak, Avenatti 160 + 3m03.263s
37 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Griffin, Mortimer 159 + 33 Laps
38 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Perrodo, Collard, Aguas 158 + 34 Laps
39 GTE Am #68 Porsche Chen, Vannelet, Parisy 158 + 50.586s
40 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mann, Giammaria, Cressoni 157 + 35 Laps
41 GTE Am #67 Porsche Chen, Kapadia, Maassen 154 + 38 Laps
42 LMP2 #30 Ligier Sharp, Dalziel, Heinemeier Hansson 152 + 40 Laps
43 LMP2 #40 Ligier Krohn, Jonsson, Barbosa 151 + 41 Laps
44 LMP2 #37 BR Aleshin, Ladygin, Ladygin 146 + 46 Laps
45 LMP1 #23 Nissan Pla, Mardenborough, Chilton 133 + 59 Laps
46 LMP1 #4 CLM Trummer, Kaffer, Monteiro 130 + 62 Laps
47 LMP1 #22 Nissan Tincknell, Krumm, Buncombe 125 + 67 Laps
48 GTE Am #96 Aston Goethe, Hall, Castellacci 125 + 1m20.556s
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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