For the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will be live blogging throughout the race as well as providing hour-by-hour reports for the entire 24 hours. This part of the live blog will be updated during the hours of the race between 8pm and 2am UK time running across the midnight hour
Updates by James Broomhead, Tom Errington, Paul Hensby, Joe Hudson, James Singleton and Nick Smith.
Welcome to our live blog part 2. Here is some good news to kick us off. Jeroen Bleekemolen has got the car back to the pits, though there is some fire there now.
The extinguishers have sorted the fire problem for the #79 WeatherTech Porsche. Cooper MacNeil was waiting to get on board but it’s going into the garage for some remedial work now.
di Grassi pits the #1 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro from third place. He has a lap over the Porsche of Mark Webber so should hold onto the final podium spot.
Fuel, tyres and a Marc Gene are fitted to the #1 Audi.
In LMP2 we have OAK Racing leading with their Ligier and Mark Shulzhitskiy. LM GTE Pro is headed by Richard Westbrook and the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R #74. Paul Dalla Lana heads LM GTE Am for Aston Martin Racing.
Cooper MacNeil takes the #79 Porsche back out of the garage with new tyres and a fair bit of gaffer tape.
Audi Sport Team Joest stand ready to receive the #2 Audi of Benoit Treluyer.
Treluyer is busy however as Davidson looks to take back one of the eight laps he is behind the #2 Audi.
We have an off in the Porsche Curves for the #47 KCMG Oreca. Looks like the suspension has failed. There is significant damage to the car at the front end.
The car appears to be stranded in the middle of the road. Race control sends out the Safety Cars.
Oh dear, the #2 Audi is held at the end of pit lane. They didn’t have a choice in the matter. They are going to lose a lap to the leader.
Toyota are ready for the #7 to come in though. This could be lucky for the #2 car.
Its fuel only for Kazuki Nakajima. The Audi gets out of the pits but Nakajima will be held at the end of pit lane.
Alexander Imperatori gets back into the stricken KCMG car which is being pushed by marshals.
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Kazuki Nakajima gets to rejoin the track now.
The #1 car is in the safety car queue that Nakajima joined when he left the pits. Thats Marc Gene now very nearly a lap down.
Imperatori has walked away from the #47 KCMG Car. The Oreca 03R-Nissan is now out of the race.
The #13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One has also been confirmed as a retirement after engine problems.
Safety car is in this lap.
We are green again, with 17 hours 13 minutes left on the clock.
The JMW Ferrari was slow away at the restart but has now continued. Spencer Pumpelly is driving that one.
Kazuki Nakajima is hunting his way through traffic, aiming to put a lap on the #1 Audi.
Just the #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Ligier for Anthony Davidson to best now and he is back in the top ten. He is a minute behind Tristan Gommendy.
Khalid Al Qubaisi straight lines the Forza Chicane and continues.
In LM GTE Pro however there is a battle for the lead through Indianapolis and Arnage. Darren Turner is gunning for the Corvette of Richard Westbrook.
The Corvette still leads heading to Tetre Rouge. The Aston Martin is drawing alongside at Forza Chicane. Aston Martin lead both GTE classes at Le Mans.
Hello, the Ferrari 458 Italia of AF Corse and Giancarlo Fisichella has joined the now three way scrap for the lead of LM GTE Pro.
We now have less than 17 hours to go and the darkness is setting in! Will the claws come out now that the sun has gone in?
Turner now has a 1.1 second gap to the Corvette behind, the Aston leads… for now
#20 in and out of the pits now, Toyota still leads
#13 Rebellion still in the pits, potentially the second retirement from the LMP1 class
Aston and Porsche LMP1 got very close to each other at the first chicane
#73 Corvette is in the pits, bonnet and front wings are off – seems to be a big issue for the yellow peril
#1 into the pits now for fuel only
Fisichella leads now in GTE Pro, but Darren Turner being Darren Turner isn’t taking it lightly
Turner has now got back into the lead, eurosport telemetry gives the Aston a bit more speed down the straight
Teams will be hoping this weather stays away from La Sarthe for the remainder of the race
#7 into the pits from the lead, should be safe to come back out in the lead
Romain Dumas on the radio saying he can’t brake
Jann Mardenborough in the Ligier still leads for OAK Racing
Nakajima still has a one lap lead over the Audi of Marcel Fassler
Nakajima is really attacking the curbs at the Ford Chicane, taking nothing for granted whilst trying to maintain his lead
Aston Martin still has a 1-2 in GTE Am, the #98 of Dalla Lana leads the #95 of Nicki Thiim
Good spots by TCF’s own Jake Handley
#42 is Matt McMurry in the Caterham, #77 is the Dempsey Racing Porsche and the #67 is the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche
Jan Magnussen had a delay because a part related to the air jacks had broken
Class leading Aston, #98, appears to have span at the Mulsanne Corner
It doesn’t appear to have dropped Dalla Lana down the order, but Thiim will be a lot closer
Signatech Alpine pits, Webb is out the car and Panciatici gets in
AF Corse is now 8.1 seconds back from the leading Aston in GTE Pro
Fassler is now less than 2 minutes behind Nakajima in the Toyota, still more than half a laps gap though
#20 pits for fuel only, another stint on the same tyres
#74 Corvette is up to second in GTE Pro, #51 AF Corse Ferrari has made a comfort break in the pits
The #98 Aston Martin, leading GTE-Am, makes a scheduled pit stop and driver change.
The other GTE-Am Aston, #95, now takes the lead of class. Pedro Lamy takes over the driving duties in the #98 from Paul Dalla Lana.
The #7 Toyota is having a seemingly easy run of it at the front. The same can’t be said of the #8. Anthony Davidson has brought the car back into the pits.
And it has been pushed back in its garage. Davidson is not a happy man.
The car is up on jacks, with lots of mechanics swarming over it. One is prodding around in the cockpit. No word on what the problem is at yet, but it looks serious.
Replays show an LMP1 Porsche having a drama at Arnage. No ID on which of the two that was.
The leading Toyota makes a scheduled pit stop. Kazuki Nakajima climbs out, Alexander Wurz climbs in.
The #14 also pitted. Romain Dumas hands the driving duties over to Neel Jani.
Oh, and the #8 returns to the circuit as well. Not as long a delay as it had earlier in the day.
Problems now for the remaining #12 Rebellion R-One. Nick Heidfeld onboard, looks like the car has lost a wheel on its out lap.
The car makes it back to the pits and is pushed into its garage.
Fair to say Rebellion has had a difficult race so far. The #13 retired some time ago with an engine problem.
After spending 9:15 in the pits, the #12 Rebellion returns to the circuit.
The #2 Audi is closing on the lead #7 Toyota by a rate of two seconds per lap. The bad news is that the Audi is still a minute and a half behind.
Neel Jani has a moment at Arnage in the #14. That’s not the first time an LMP1 Porsche has been off there.
Murphy Prototypes just confirmed via Twitter that the #48 has been retired.
The #91 Porsche remains in the pits. It has been there for almost fifteen minutes now.
Sounds like a fuel cell linkage issue for the #91, still in its garage. Patrick Pilet is still in the car.
The #77 car is taking its 3 minute stop-go penalty.
#60 Ferrari off at Arnage with Mann behind the wheel. Arnage is proving tricky for the drivers so far tonight.
#77 Dempsey Racing car sees Long finish the penalty and return to the track.
#8 Toyota’s Lapierre, running down in 11th, catching the LMP1 pack, has told his team he will do another stint.
Porsche Motorsport have just tweeted to explain the #91 is still in the pits repairing a fuel pressure problem.
#50 Morgan has returned to the track. It spent a whole 19 minutes in the pits.
#48 Oreca has retired from the race.
Top three in LMP1 are closer now. The #7 Toyota, #2 Audi and #1 Audi are split by three minutes.
Audi #2 driver Fassler is complaining about vibrations, but is unsure where the location is. Claims the problem is worse at high speeds. Possibly to do with tyres.
41 minutes later and the #91 Porsche has returned to the race.
Wurz in the #7 Toyota is starting to pull away from the second placed #2 Audi of Fassler.
Reminder of positions. In LMP1, #7 Toyota leads. In LMP2, the #35 Ligier. LM GTE Pro, #97 Aston Martin. Finally, GTE Am, is #98 Aston Martin.
Webber pits the #20 Porsche in fourth after an extended stint. Not bad for someone who hasn’t raced at night in Le Mans for over 10 years.
The hard working #8 is continuing to chase back the LMP1 class. Now up to 10th, with the #12 Rebellion in Nick Heidfeld’s hands the aim in 6th.
Lapierre in the #8 is still at it, now up to 8th. Only the #35 Ligier in LMP2 between him and the LMP1 pack now.
#1 Audi pits. Kristensen was held back on the last pit, but this time takes the wheel from Gene.
Leading GTE Am car, the #98 Aston driven by Lamy, pits and is overtaken by the #95 car driven by Poulsen.
Lapierre and the #8 Toyota have done it, moving into 7th, the Toyota is now back in the LMP1 pack behind Nick Heidfeld’s #12 Rebellion.
The #98 Aston Martin that just pitted seems to be having issues. Smoke coming out of the bonnet.
According to the Le Mans Live account, the #98 Aston Martin that is still in the pits is suffering from power steering failure.
#60 Ferrari has now retired.
#91 Porsche has had a difficult night so far, back in the garage with the bonnet off and the team looking at more issues.
Car #46 taking its 35 second stop go penalty.
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Stefan Mucke handing the LMGTE Pro leading Aston Martin over to Bruno Senna
Senna has kept the lead, but he is only a headlight’s throw of illumination ahead of the #51 Ferrari
Despite the problems for the #98 Astons still lead both LMGTE classes with the all-Danish #95 car leading the Am ranks
Tommy Milner buying into the LMGTE Pro battle now in third in class in the #74 Corvette.
Toni Vilander in the Ferrari tries round the outside entering the second Mulsanne chicane.
He does’t get the lead and instead allows Milner into second in class around the outside at Mulsanne Corner
So now what can Milner do about Senna and the #97 for the class lead
Porsche #20 in and out of the pits from 4th place
Still only a handful of seconds between the LMGTE Pro leaders
Pictures of the #91 team in the garage show mechanics looking at the front of car, rather than the engine at the back
The surviving Rebellion R-One – the #12 – is wheeled back into the garage
Lotterer brings the #2 car into the pits from 2nd place. Staying in the car for another stint.
Neel Jani also in the pits aboard the #14 Porsche 919. Another man staying behind the wheel for another stint.
Alex Wurz has been in and out of the pits in the race leading #7 car. He should keep his 3 minute advantage over the #2 Audi
Bruno Senna and Tommy Milner trading fastest laps with a second between them on track. Vilander has dropped 6 seconds back in 3rd.
Occasional actor Patrick Dempsey climbs into the Porsche placed 6th in LMGTE Am
The #12 Rebellion has slipped back to 8th behind the LMP2 leading OAK Racing Morgan
the #8 Toyota is in the pits. The team run out with the dolly wheels and turn the car into the garage.
And as quick as that the #8 is back out of the pits and ready to go again
Tommy Milner has given up the chase for the LMGTE Pro lead (for now) to come into the pits
Senna now in the pits in the #97 Aston. He stays in the car for another stint. Battle to be rejoined shortly no doubt.
Sebastien Buemi complaining of a vibration in the #8 Toyota
LMGTE Pro udpate. Senna heads Milner by a whopping five seconds
Plenty of drivers standing ready with crash helmets on. No rest for the wicked and all that!
#1 Audi and #92 Porsche in the pits at the same time. Driver changes for both.
Bruno Senna has a lead of five seconds to the good in GTE Pro over Tommy Milner’s Corvette.
Meanwhile, Paul-Loup Chatin is lapping quickly. He’s closing on Alex Bundle, the current leader in LMP2.
The #2 Audi driven by Lotterer comes in for a fuel stop. The team also make an adjustment to the car’s nose.
At the same time, the leading #7 Toyota is in for a driver change. Alexander Wurz climbs out, and Stephane Sarrazin takes over the driving duties.
Marc Lieb relieves Neel Jani of driving duties in the #14 Porsche.
Alex Wurz with the typical racing driver comment. The car is only “okay” despite his big leading margin.
The battle for second and third in GTE Pro is hotting up. Vilander has caught Milner and is right on the Corvette’s rear wing. Senna has extended his class lead to almost ten seconds.
More problems for the Rebellion team. The #12 is back in the pits with an engine issue.
Vilander in Milner’s slipstream and now flashing his headlights at the Yellow ‘Vette. Not sure that will help that much…
This is definitely the hottest battle on track right now. Vilander looks quicker, but doesn’t seem to have the horsepower to find a way past.
Milner gets baulked by the Dempsey GTE-Am Porsche in the Porsche Curves. Vilander gets closer than ever, and has a look into the Ford chicane. They cross the line millimetres apart, but Milner remains ahead.
Good news for Rebellion fans. The #12 is back on the circuit.
LMP1 cars split the Milner/Vilander battle, a shame as the Finn was using every trick in the book. A real treat to see those two battling it out.
Vilander pits, giving the #51 Ferrari over to Gianmaria Bruni. Will the Italian find a way past Milner? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Correction. It was Giancarlo Fisichella who took over the #51, not Bruni.
The #73 Corvette pits. Antonio Garcia hands over to the man with the mullet, Jordan Taylor.
Milner brings the #74 in next. Richard Westbrook takes over. Will it stay ahead of the #51? I suspect so.
Actually, I was wrong. It didn’t.
Apparently Taylor spun the #73 on his out lap.
#1 Audi reported slow on circuit.
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