Kiwis in with a chance! Porsche #1 retires with 3 hours left in Le Mans 24 Hour

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The LMP2-specification #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibson 07 of Thomas Laurent leads the Le Mans 24 Hours after the #1 Porsche retired from the race.

While the #1 Porsche of Andre Lotterer, sharing with Neel Jani and Nick Tandy, had completed one more lap than Laurent at the end of the 21st hour, it is officially out.

Lotterer reported a drop in oil pressure early in the hour while leading by 13 laps and was ordered to switch off the engine.

This occurred at the start of the lap, and he made prolonged attempts to get it back to the pits using only electrical power.

But after stopping and starting several times, he was eventually forced to give up on the Mulsanne straight.

The #38 ORECA moved to the top of the timing screens when the #1 Porsche was pulled out.

However, Porsche is still on target to win the race, as the #2 car driven by Brendon Hartley has the pace and the time to climb from its current second place to lead as it recovers from an earlier change of the front motor.

It is two laps behind the leader, and got ahead of the #13 Rebellion ORECA of Mathias Beche late in the 21st hour.

Beche had to serve an engine-off stop/go penalty for a pitstop infringement, which made Hartley’s job easier.

The only other LMP1 car still running is the #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, but that does not have the time to clear the leading LMP2 cars unless they hit trouble.

The #35 Signatech ORECA runs third in the hands of Pierre Ragues ahead of the #32 United Autosports Ligier of Hugo de Sadeleer.

ASTON PASSES CORVETTE IN GTE PRO

Daniel Serra’s remarkable weekend – he broke the lap record twice earlier this morning in the #97 Vantage – continued as he passed Jan Magnussen for the lead of GTE Pro shortly before the turn of the hour.

Serra skilfully rode the slipstream of a passing LMP2 to get alongside and pass into the first chicane on the Mulsanne Straight.

Magnussen maintained the gap thereafter, but the real threat remains the out-of-sequence #91 Pilet/Makowiecki/Lietz Porsche that is likely to have to make one fewer stop, and which will retake the lead when the Aston and Corvette next stop.

Andy Priaulx is in fourth place in the fastest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-entered Ford GTs, 35s down on Pilet and currently on a similar pitstop schedule.

In GTE Am the #84 JMW Ferrari shared by Will Stevens, Robert Smith and Dries Vanthoor continues to lead by over a lap from the similar #55 Spirit of Race 488.

POSITIONS AFTER 21 HOURS

POSCLASSCARDRIVERSLAPSGAP
1LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis317
2LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley315+ 2 Laps
3LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche315+ 21.503s
4LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao315+ 35.370s
5LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle314+ 3 Laps
6LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque313+ 4 Laps
7LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne312+ 5 Laps
8LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley312+ 27.460s
9LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi306+ 11 Laps
10LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima306+ 18.287s
11LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok303+ 14 Laps
12LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao302+ 15 Laps
13LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger297+ 20 Laps
14LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello297+ 8.687s
15LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist296+ 21 Laps
16LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris295+ 22 Laps
17GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra294+ 23 Laps
18GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor294+ 0.969s
19GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet294+ 16.486s
20GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani294+ 51.645s
21GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina293+ 24 Laps
22GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan293+ 1m20.410s
23GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon292+ 25 Laps
24LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna291+ 26 Laps
25LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar289+ 28 Laps
26GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler289+ 30.098s
27GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway288+ 29 Laps
28GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor288+ 52.299s
29GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci287+ 30 Laps
30GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson286+ 31 Laps
31GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell286+ 1m39.435s
32GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant286+ 2m23.320s
33GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin285+ 32 Laps
34GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst285+ 1m18.006s
35GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund284+ 33 Laps
36GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell284+ 41.369s
37GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda284+ 53.216s
38GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis283+ 34 Laps
39GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster283+ 1m04.972s
40LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire283+ 1m08.846s
41GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente283+ 3m49.964s
42GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta282+ 35 Laps
43LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez281+ 36 Laps
44LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow280+ 37 Laps
45GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini277+ 40 Laps
46GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo275+ 42 Laps
47LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers267+ 50 Laps
48LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor267+ 45.809s
49GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon266+ 51 Laps
50LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy318Retired
51LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon296Retired
52LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard213Retired
53GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Werner179Retired
54LMP1#9 ToyotaLapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez160Retired
55LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin154Retired
56LMP2#25 OrecaGonzalez, Trummer, Petrov152Retired
57GTE Pro#82 FerrariVilander, Fisichella, Kaffer72Retired
58LMP2#26 OrecaRusinov, Thiriet, Lynn20Retired
59GTE Am#88 PorscheBachler, Lemeret, Al Qubaisi18Retired
60LMP1#4 EnsoWebb, Kraihamer, Bonanomi7Retired

Kiwis in with a chance! Porsche #1 retires with 3 hours left in Le Mans 24 Hour

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