There was no racing for hour nine as the field circulated behind the safety car following the aftermath of Mike Rockenfeller’s heavy impact with the barriers after clipping the AF Corse Ferrari.
With the cars continuing behind the safety car the workers got under way to repair the damaged barriers from the heavy impact.
Both ACO and Audi have confirmed that Rockenfeller removed himself from the wreckage before being taken to hospital for the usual scans, the latest reports say he has nothing more than a small flesh wound to his right arm.
The no.2 Audi piloted by Andre Lotterer continues to lead the field with 127 laps on the hour mark, Marc Gene in the no.7 908 heads up the three works Peugeots.
Team ORECA Matmut lead LMP2 with a lap advantage over Greaves Motorsport, Strakka Racing have dropped a place following a driver change with Nick Leventis taking over the wheel.
Corvette head up the GTE-Pro category with the no.59 Luxury Racing Ferrari now in second.
The two Labre Competition cars continue to lead the GTE-AM category headed by the Porsche 911 RSR.
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans standings after nine hours:
No.2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer
No.7 – Peugeot Sport Total – Davidson/Gene/Wurz
No.9 – Peugeot Sport Total – Bordais/Lamy/Pagenaud
No.48 – Team ORECA Matmut – Hallyday/Kraihamer/Premat
No.41 – Greaves Motorsport – Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard
No.39 – Pecom Racing – Perez-Companc/Russo/Kaffer
No.74 – Corvette Racing – Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook
No.59 – Luxury Racing – Melo/Makowiecki/Ortelli
No.75 – Prospeed Competition – Goossens/Holzer/van Lagen
No.70 – Larbre Competion – Belloc/Bourret/Gibon
No.50 – Larbre Competition – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
No.57 – Krohn Racing – Jonsson/Krohn/Rugolo