LeMans Hour 20: Kristensen Audi leads

The #45 Thiriet by TDS Ligier has taken a late lead in the LMP2 class from the sister OAK Ligier as the 2014 Le Mans Hours enters its latter stages.

The #35 G-Drive by OAK Ligier had been the comfortable leader of the LMP2 class since the fifth hour, pulling out a margin over more than a lap over the competition, headed up by the identical TDS machine, which in turn had only just risen to a new peak of second due to problems for the Signatech Alpine.

However, a technical issue at the start of the hour would consign the OAK car to the garage for two laps, allowing driver-owner Pierre Thiriet to take his eponymous car to the front and move a lap ahead in the process.

Meanwhile, Andre Lotterer pumped in a new fastest lap in the third place #2 Audi, his time on lap 299 usurping the previous best – set by the #7 Toyota at the start of the race – by three tenths.

He remains in third place, with Tom Kristensen having taken over from Marc Gene at the front of the field, while the #20 Porsche Timo Bernhard circulates in a lonely second place.

In GTE Pro, the #97 Aston Martin is back out after suffering power steering issues, but is now five laps off the lead. It means the #51 AF Corse Ferrari is well on track for the win, two laps ahead of the #92 Porsche and the #73 Corvette.

The #95 Aston Martin still leads the GTE AM class by two laps from the #88 Proton Porsche and the #61 AF Corse Ferrari.

Hour 20 Standings

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Behind
1 LMP1 #1 Audi Di Grassi/Gene/Kristensen 313 +0.000s
2 LMP1 #20 Porsche Bernhard/Webber/Hartley 312 +1 Lap
3 LMP1 #2 Audi Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer 311 +2 Laps
4 LMP1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi 305 +8 Laps
5 LMP1 #14 Porsche Dumas/Jani/Lieb 303 +10 Laps
6 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost/Heidfeld/Beche 294 +19 Laps
7 LMP2 #46 Ligier Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy 293 +20 Laps
8 LMP2 #35 Ligier Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy 292 +21 Laps
9 LMP2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey 291 +22 Laps
10 LMP2 #36 Alpine Chatin/Panciatici/Webb 290 +23 Laps
11 LMP2 #24 Oreca Rast/Charouz/Capillaire 290 +1m47.102s
12 LMP2 #34 Oreca Frey/Mailleux/Lancaster 288 +25 Laps
13 LMP2 #43 Morgan Klien/Hirsch/Brandela 288 +11.256s
14 LMP2 #33 Ligier Cheng/Tung/Fong 284 +29 Laps
15 LMP2 #42 Zytek Kimber-Smith/McMurry/Dyson 283 +30 Laps
16 GTEP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella 279 +34 Laps
17 LMP2 #50 Morgan Ragues/Taylor/Ihara 279 +3m12.599s
18 GTEP #92 Porsche Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz 277 +36 Laps
19 GTEP #73 Chevrolet Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 277 +1m14.431s
20 LMP2 #29 Morgan Schell/Leutwiller/Roussel 276 +37 Laps
21 GTEA #95 Aston Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Thiim 275 +38 Laps
22 LMP2 #27 Oreca Zlobin/Salo/Ladygin 274 +39 Laps
23 GTEP #97 Aston Turner/Mucke/Senna 274 +11m10.948s
24 GTEA #88 Porsche Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi 273 +40 Laps
25 GTEP #74 Chevrolet Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 272 +41 Laps
26 GTEA #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc/Cioci/Venturi 271 +42 Laps
27 GTEA #90 Ferrari Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti 271 +4m23.525s
28 GTEA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Collins 270 +43 Laps
29 GTEA #66 Ferrari Al Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly 269 +44 Laps
30 GTEA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 269 +18.356s
31 GTEA #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard 268 +45 Laps
32 GTEA #70 Ferrari Nakano/Ehret/Rich 268 +1m36.518s
33 GTEA #58 Ferrari Barthez/Pons/Ayari 268 +3m18.476s
34 GTEA #76 Porsche Narac/Armindo/Hallyday 265 +48 Laps
35 GTEA #67 Porsche Maris/Merlin/Helary 261 +52 Laps
36 GTEP #79 Porsche MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen 261 +1m30.991s
37 GTEA #53 Ferrari Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton 260 +53 Laps
38 GTEP #91 Porsche Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy 249 +64 Laps
39 GTEA #62 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 240 +73 Laps
40 LMP1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima 219 Retired
41 GTEA #72 Ferrari Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov 196 Retired
42 GTEA #75 Porsche Perrodo/Collard/Palttala 194 Retired
43 GTEP #52 Ferrari Griffin/Parente/Leo 140 Retired
44 LMP2 #26 Morgan Rusinov/Pla/Canal 120 Retired
45 GTEA #60 Ferrari Mann/Case/Giammaria 115 Retired
46 LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson/Bradley/Imperatori 87 Retired
47 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer 73 Retired
48 LMP2 #48 Oreca Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok 73 Retired
49 LMP2 #41 Zytek Munemman/Latif/Winslow 31 Retired
50 GTEP #71 Ferrari Rigon/Kaffer/Beretta 28 Retired
51 LMP1 #3 Audi Albuquerque/Bonanomi/Jarvis 25 Retired
52 GTEA #81 Ferrari Wyatt/Rugolo/Bird 22 Retired
53 LMP2 #37 Oreca Ladygin/Minassian/Mediani 9 Retired
54 CDNT #0 Nissan Ordonez/Reip/Motoyama 5 Retired

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