LeMans: Toyota the one to beat at mid-race

The No. 6 Toyota of Conway, Sarrazin and Kobayashi leads
The No. 6 Toyota of Conway, Sarrazin and Kobayashi leads

After 12 hours of racing, the race remains totally undecided and the battle is on between Toyota and Porsche. The Toyota Gazoo Racing team is on top thanks to a reduction in fuel consumption which seems to have given it a real advantage. Indeed, between each pit stop, the TS050 has been capable of doing 14 laps against 13 for the 919 Hybrid.

The #6 Toyota is currently being driven by Kamui Kobayashi in the lead in front of the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The other Toyota TS050 (#5) has allowed the Japanese team to sandwich the sole Porsche LM P1 still in the running for victory, the #1 having been delayed a long while at its pit with a water temperature problem.

At 2 hours 51 minutes, the #7 Audi R18 driven by Marcel Fassler was stopped at the beginning of the esses of the forest. Though the Swiss driver was able to restart, he immediately lost a position to the #13 Rebellion. The car driven by Mateo Tuscher, Alexandre Imperatori and Dominik Kraihamer took advantage of the factory car to climb the hierarchy and reach fifth place.

22 seconds! That was the gap between the three top cars in the LM P2 class at the stroke of midnight. The #36 Alpine of the Signatech Alpine team is ahead of the #46 Oreca-Nissan of Thiriet by TDS Racing and the #44 Oreca-Nissan of the British Manor team. Though the top three spots in the class are held by French chassis, Gibson isn't far behind in fourth and fifth places (#38 and #42).

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]In the LM GTE Pro class, the #91 and #92 Porsche 911 RSRs' race has been a real mess. The #91 suffered a mechanical break and the #92 was pushed from its pit. The mechanics worked on the chassis. The #82 Ferrari 488 GTE of Risi Competizione driven by Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and Matteo Malucelli is leading ahead of the #68 Ford GT which lost the lead in the class following a short immobilization in its pit for a brake pad change. The gap between these two cars is 30 seconds.

The LM GTE Am class is still dominated by the #88 Porsche of Abu-Dhabi-Proton Racing driven by the trio Al Qubaisi-Heinemeier Hansson-Long. It is ahead of the #62 Ferrari 458 of the Scuderia Corsa team. A lap separates these two cars.

2016, the year of reliability? The number of retirements is less than last year since only two cars have been forced to retire at this stage of the race. The #89 Porsche of Proton Competition following an accident (with no injury to the driver) and the #47 Oreca-Nissan of the KCMG team due to an electrical problem.

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

LM P2
1 – Signatech Alpine (#36 Alpine A460-Nissan) Gustavo Menezes – Nicolas Lapierre – Stephane Richelmi
2 – Thiriet by TDS Racing (#46 Oreca 05-Nissan) Pierre Thiriet – Mathias Beche – Ryo Hirakawa
3 – Manor (#44 Oreca 05-Nissan) Tor Graves – Matt Rao – Roberto Merhi

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

LM GTE Am
1 – Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (#88 Porsche 911 RSR) Khaled Al Qubaisi – Patrick Long – David Heinemeier Hansson
2 – Scuderia Corsa (#62 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2) Bill Sweedler – Townsend Bell – Jeff Segal
3 – Clearwater Racing (#61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2) Weng Sun Mok – Rob Bell – Keita Sawa

12 Hour Results

Pos Team Drivers Car Class Ty Laps Behind Gap
1 6 Toyota Gazoo Racing SARRAZIN / CONWAY / KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 – Hybrid LMP1 H M 187 0.000 0.000
2 2 Porsche Team DUMAS / JANI / LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 H M 187 44.469 44.469
3 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing DAVIDSON / BUEMI / NAKAJIMA Toyota TS050 – Hybrid LMP1 H M 187 1:41.232 56.763
4 8 Audi Sport Team Joest DI GRASSI / DUVAL / JARVIS Audi R18 LMP1 H M 185 2 Laps 2 Laps
5 13 Rebellion Racing TUSCHER / IMPERATORI / KRAIHAMER Rebellion R-One – AER LMP1 D 179 8 Laps 6 Laps
6 7 Audi Sport Team Joest FÄSSLER / LOTTERER / TRÉLUYER Audi R18 LMP1 H M 176 11 Laps 3 Laps
7 36 Signatech Alpine MENEZES / LAPIERRE / RICHELMI Alpine A460 – Nissan LMP2 D 174 13 Laps 2 Laps
8 26 G-Drive Racing RUSINOV / STEVENS / RAST Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 D 173 14 Laps 1 Laps
9 46 Thiriet By Tds Racing THIRIET / BECHE / HIRAKAWA Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 D 173 14 Laps 19.133
10 38 G-Drive Racing DOLAN / DENNIS / VAN DER GARDE Gibson 015S – Nissan LMP2 D 172 15 Laps 1 Laps
11 42 Strakka Racing LEVENTIS / WATTS / KANE Gibson 015S – Nissan LMP2 D 172 15 Laps 2:12.043
12 37 SMP Racing PETROV / SHAITAR / LADYGIN BR01 – Nissan LMP2 D 171 16 Laps 1 Laps
13 35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine CHENG / TUNG / PANCIATICI Alpine A460 – Nissan LMP2 D 171 16 Laps 8.550
14 27 SMP Racing MINASSIAN / MEDIANI / ALESHIN BR01 – Nissan LMP2 D 170 17 Laps 1 Laps
15 33 Eurasia Motorsport PU / GOMMENDY / DE BRUIJN Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 D 169 18 Laps 1 Laps
16 41 Greaves Motorsport ROJAS / CANAL / BERTHON Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 D 169 18 Laps 3:32.983
17 31 Extreme Speed Motorsports DALZIEL / DERANI / CUMMING Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 D 169 18 Laps 6.035
18 23 Panis Barthez Competition BARTHEZ / CHATIN / BURET Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 M 167 20 Laps 2 Laps
19 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports SHARP / BROWN / VAN OVERBEEK Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 D 167 20 Laps 24.397
20 49 Michael Shank Racing PEW / NEGRI JR / VANTHOOR Ligier JS P2 – Honda LMP2 D 167 20 Laps 1:19.334
21 82 Risi Competizione FISICHELLA / VILANDER / MALUCELLI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro M 166 21 Laps 1 Laps
22 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA BRISCOE / WESTBROOK / DIXON Ford GT LMGTE Pro M 166 21 Laps 45.323
23 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA HAND / MÃœLLER / BOURDAIS Ford GT LMGTE Pro M 166 21 Laps 1:04.549
24 95 Aston Martin Racing THIIM / SØRENSEN / TURNER Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro D 165 22 Laps 1 Laps
25 12 Rebellion Racing PROST / HEIDFELD / PIQUET JR Rebellion R-One – AER LMP1 D 165 22 Laps 1:51.127
26 77 Dempsey – Proton Racing LIETZ / CHRISTENSEN / ENG Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro M 165 22 Laps 34.473
27 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK PLA / MÃœCKE / JOHNSON Ford GT LMGTE Pro M 165 22 Laps 13.481
28 64 Corvette Racing – GM GAVIN / MILNER / TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R LMGTE Pro M 165 22 Laps 5.061
29 97 Aston Martin Racing STANAWAY / REES / ADAM Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro D 165 22 Laps 5.653
30 25 Algarve Pro Racing MUNEMANN / HOY / PIZZITOLA Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 D 165 22 Laps 36.422
31 43 RGR Sport by Morand GONZALEZ / SENNA / ALBUQUERQUE Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 D 164 23 Laps 1 Laps
32 63 Corvette Racing – GM MAGNUSSEN / GARCIA / TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R LMGTE Pro M 164 23 Laps 1:05.581
33 40 Krohn Racing KROHN / JÃ-NSSON / BARBOSA Ligier JS P2 – Nissan LMP2 M 164 23 Laps 18.484
34 48 Murphy Prototypes KEATING / BLEEKEMOLEN / GOOSSENS Oreca 03R – Nissan LMP2 D 161 26 Laps 3 Laps
35 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing AL QUBAISI / HEINEMEIER HANSSON / LONG Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 161 26 Laps 23.879
36 62 Scuderia Corsa SWEEDLER / BELL / SEGAL Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am M 161 26 Laps 32.838
37 61 Clearwater Racing MOK / SAWA / BELL Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am M 160 27 Laps 1 Laps
38 83 AF Corse PERRODO / COLLARD / AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE Am M 160 27 Laps 3:40.181
39 86 Gulf Racing WAINWRIGHT / CARROLL / BARKER Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 159 28 Laps 1 Laps
40 50 Larbre Competition YAMAGISHI / RAGUES / BELLOC Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE Am M 159 28 Laps 2:06.023
41 55 AF Corse CAMERON / GRIFFIN / SCOTT Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am M 159 28 Laps 27.896
42 44 Manor GRAVES / RAO / MERHI Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 D 159 28 Laps 55.797
43 84 SRT41 By OAK Racing SAUSSET / TINSEAU / BOUVET Morgan LMP2 – Nissan CDNT M 158 29 Laps 1 Laps
44 98 Aston Martin Racing DALLA LANA / LAMY / LAUDA Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE Am D 158 29 Laps 13:55.867
45 60 Formula Racing LAURSEN / MAC / NIELSEN Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am M 156 31 Laps 2 Laps
46 22 SO24 ! By Lombard Racing CAPILLAIRE / MARIS / COLEMAN Ligier JS P2 – Judd LMP2 D 156 31 Laps 3:24.344
47 51 AF Corse BRUNI / CALADO / PIER GUIDI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro M 154 33 Laps 2 Laps
48 99 Aston Martin Racing HOWARD / GRIFFIN / HIRSCH Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE Am D 154 33 Laps 1:15.293
49 1 Porsche Team BERNHARD / WEBBER / HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 H M 149 38 Laps 5 Laps
50 28 Pegasus Racing TAITTINGER / STRIEBIG / ROUSSEL Morgan – Nissan LMP2 M 147 40 Laps 2 Laps
51 4 Bykolles Racing Team TRUMMER / WEBB / KAFFER CLM P1/01 – AER LMP1 D 145 42 Laps 2 Laps
52 71 AF Corse RIGON / BIRD / BERTOLINI Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE Pro M 143 44 Laps 2 Laps
53 57 Team AAI O'CONNEL / BRYANT / PATTERSON Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE Am M 143 44 Laps 29:05.852
54 92 Porsche Motorsport MAKOWIECKI / BAMBER / BERGMEISTER Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro M 140 47 Laps 3 Laps
55 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK FRANCHITTI / PRIAULX / TINCKNELL Ford GT LMGTE Pro M 140 47 Laps 33:18.749
56 34 Race Performance LEUTWILER / NAKANO / WINSLOW Oreca 03R – Judd LMP2 D 139 48 Laps 1 Laps
57 91 Porsche Motorsport PILET / ESTRE / TANDY Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE Pro M 135 52 Laps 4 Laps
58 78 KCMG RIED / HENZLER / CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 132 55 Laps 3 Laps
59 47 KCMG MATSUDA / HOWSON / BRADLEY Oreca 05 – Nissan LMP2 D 116 71 Laps 16 Laps
60 89 Proton Competition MACNEIL / KEEN / MILLER Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 50 137 Laps 66 Laps

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