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 from 2am to 8am, taking the race back into daylight.
Updates by James Broomhead, Tom Errington, Paul Hensby, Joe Hudson, James Singleton and Nick Smith.
#1 Audi told to go straight on at the Chicane and do a power cycle. Essentially restart the car.
Car sounds aren’t good. The second power cycle attempt looks to have failed, but the car is struggling on.
Bernhard’s #20 919 should take advantage of this struggle.
The #1 Audi unsurprisingly is now pitting and is pushed into the garage.
#1 Audi having its nose removed as the team gets to work. Bernhard’s #20 Porsche has now taken third position.
#7 Toyota pits and Sarrazin goes out for a second stint.
#1 Audi now with an attached nose is getting a clean.
Di Grassi returns the #1 to the track, and it is 1 lap down on third placed Bernhard and the #20.
Become a bit of a two horse race at the top, Sarrazin in the #7 Toyota leads the #2 Audi by over a minute. the #20 Porsche and #1 Audi are 3 and 4 laps behind respectively.
Fisichella in the #51 Ferrari is pulling away from the #74 Corvette, gap up to over 25 seconds.
#1 Audi issue from earlier was confirmed as a fuel injector problem.
#8 Toyota of Buemi pits. Quick clean and examination, and he returns to the track.
#33 Ligier looks to have a turbo issue according to 24 Hours Live on Twitter.
Fuel and new door given to the #14 Porsche for Marc Lieb.
Hartley is now into the #20 Porsche.
Bertolini in the #72 is starting to catch the #95 Aston of Heinemeier-Hansson.
#14 Porsche is running very slowly down a straight.
It appears to be a rev limiter issue.
Di Grassi pits due to a rear left puncture.
#14 Porsche 919 still hasn’t returned to the pits, now just entering the pit lane at a slow speed.
#2 Audi in the pits, full service, and Lotterer replaced by Treluyver.
#7 Toyota also pitting, quick pit.
#52 Ferrari running slow brings out a yellow at the second Mulsanne chicane.
Start of the 14th hour. Toyota lead Audi and Porsche at Le Mans
The #51 AF Corse Ferrari has taken the lead of LMGTE Pro from the #97 Aston Martin
Sebastien Buemi has moved the #8 Toyota back above the #14 Porsche and into 5th place overall
The SMP Racing #72 Ferrari is the garage from 2nd in LMGTE Am
Anthony Davidson climbing into the #8 Toyota
The #8 team has lost fifth in the process of making that stop, but that should reverse itself when the Porsche next pits
The #72 car is still in the garage. A strong result ebbing out of reach for the SMP Racing team
#74 Corvette also in the garage. Team working front and rear on the car
Car is back out now. Could just have been a brake change, but there was lots of work going on around the car
Signatech ALpine’s #36 in the pits for a driver change from second in P2. Oli Webb the new man in the car
#72 Ferrari is headed back out into the race
LMGTE Pro battle rejoined. Darren Turner has chased down Giancarlo Fisichella
And Turner puts the Aston back in the class lead!!
Fisichella pits the #51 Ferrari out of seconf on LMGTE Pro. Jann Mardenborough also pits the GT Academy grad in from the LMP2 lead
Overall and LMP1 leader also in the pits, Sarrazin vacating the #7 for Kazuki Nakajima to take over
LMP2 3rd placed team Thiriet by TDS Racing into the pits. And back out again.
Looking increasingly hopeless for the #72 SMP Racing team. Still in the garage with the team examining the left-front
Jordan Taylor has had a trip through the Dunlop Curve gravel it has been reported
Darren Turner into the pits from the LMGTE Pro lead in the #97 Aston Martin
Quick stop for the AMR team and Turner should keep the class lead over the Ferrari which changed drivers at its last stop
Turner’s lead of the class is nearly 40 seconds now
Marc Lieb has pitted the #14 Porsche, handing Anthony Davidson and the #8 Toyota team back 5th place
The lead Toyota has stopped at Arnage!!!
Benoit Treluyer and Audi lead at Le Mans!!!
Drama unfolding at Le Mans, the race leading Toyota has stopped on circuit.
The Toyota is still stranded at Arnage. The #20 is now in second place. #1 in third.
We still haven’t seen the #7 Toyota on screen. Unverified reports that the car was on fire.
Door change going on for the #74 Corvette.
Treluyer makes a scheduled pit stop from the lead. Meanwhile, it looks like it is definitely game over for Toyota #7. Lots of people looking crestfallen in the Toyota garage.
The car that led for so much of this race, the #7 Toyota, is officially retired. No word yet on the cause. Up to 12 retirements for the race.
“Electrical issues” is the reason given for Toyota’s retirement. Still no confirmation of whether the car was on fire as was speculated.
Reports that the third in class GTE-Pro #92 is slow on circuit.
The #92 makes it to the pits for a driver change and fresh tyres, could just run out of fuel.
A slow zone is in force at the Porsche Curves.
Believe the #61 GTE-Am Ferrari hit the barriers at Porsche Curves. That’s what’s caused this slow zone.
The Ferrari in question has, however, made it back to the pits.
Rear of the #74 Corvette being worked on in its pit bay. Not a routine stop by any means.
The #73 passes the #74 for fourth in class as the latter continues to be worked on in the pit lane. This has been a difficult Le Mans début for the C7R.
Two minutes till the end of the slow zone.
The #74 finally re-joins the circuit.
More time lost for the #14 as Marc Lieb goes into the ravel at Indianapolis. Looked like brake problems, but the car is now under way again.
The #14 makes it to the pits and Romain Dumas relieves Lieb of driving duties.
The #20 has dropped to third after a pit stop. Mark Webber is now behind the wheel and he’s 12 seconds behind di Grassi in second.
The GTE-Am class leading #95 is in for a brake pad change.
Marcel Fassler takes over the race leading #2 Audi. Fuel and tyres. Standard stop.
Fifth in GTE-Am, the #90 Ferrari enters the pits with a left rear puncture.
Third in GTE-Am, the #57 Krohn Ferrari is in its pit box having a brake disc change.
The #24 Sebastian Loeb Racing car pits. There main aim was to finish. So far so good!
Audi still first and second, #2 3 laps ahead of #1.
Alex Brundle just sets a new personal best lap time for the #35 Ligier – 3m38.032s
Oak Racing on course for a second consecutive Le Mans LMP2 win.
Tony Vilander leading LMGTE Pro in the #51 AF Corse
42 cars still officially in this race of the 54 starters
#77 and #57 LMGTE Am cars nose to tail on track
The delayed #12 Rebellion pits for fuel and tyres.
Lucas di Grassi pits the second-placed #1 Audi, Marc Gene takes over
The #20 Porsche also makes a pit stop from third.
The LMGTE AM #62 AF Corse Ferrari is pushed into the garage for some work
Alex Brundle doing very well in the lead LMP2 #35 Oak Racing Ligier
The #34 Race Performance car is under review for speeding in the pit lane
The #95 Aston Martin Racing leads LMGTE-Am
Marcel Fassler pits the leading #2 Audi, its pushed into the garage for some work.
With a three lap lead, Audi are taking the advantage of a small service for the #2
The #2 Audi is pushed into the garage for a second time. Already cost them a lap of their lead
A turbo issue for the #2 as it continues to sit in the garage.
The SMP Racing Ferrari is in the barriers in the Porsche curves.
The #2 Audi still sits in pit lane, has now lost 2 laps of its 3 lap lead.
That SMP Ferrari is done. Hit on both sides very, very hard
SlowZone around the SMP Ferrari
Marc Gene leads the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans in the #1 Audi
Still little sign of a return to race for Marcel Fassler and the #2 Audi
There we go. Nose goes back onto the #2. A step in the right direction
#2 is out onto the pit apron and fires up and returns to the race in third place
Safety Car out
I kinda suspect this has something to do with barrier damage where the SMP Racing Ferrari went off
#74 Corvette pushed into the garage from 5th in LMGTE Pro
They’re fixing the barriers and fencing in the Porsche Curves. This safety car could be out for a while
All these barrier repair trucks: It’s just a warm up for next weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours
Safety Car is coming in. But the SlowZone around the barrier repairs will remain in place
Green flag back out. Racing once again with 7:24 to go.
The Team Taisan Ferrari goes into the Indianapolis gravel
the #34 Race Performance Oreca (4th in LMP2) will serve a 35 second stop-go for pitlane speeding
The heavy machinery seems to have cleared the track at the Porsche Curves
Stefan Mucke and the #97 Aston in the pits from the LMGTE Pro lead
SlowZone brought to an end. Green flags all round the track
We have just entered the seventeenth hour and it continues to be the #1 Audi R18 in the lead with Marc Gene. The fastest car on track though, thats the #8 Toyota of Nico Lapierre.
Problems for the #75 Art Porsche of Perodo who lost a door in the pit stops. It just fell off. The team have re-attached it and sent it on its way.
Marc Gene gets back into the 3:29s but Lapierre has also increased his pace. Now it’s Marcel Fassler in the #2 Audi who is going fastest of all.
Hello, we have an unaccompanied wheel on the track. It belongs to the #75 Porsche, thats the car which lost it’s door in the pits.
Further down the order the LMP2 class leading Ligier of Mark Shulzhitzkiy and the OAK Racing team are in the pits. They hold a lap over the Signatech Alpine in second place.
Stefan Mucke has his hands full in the lead of LM GTE Pro. Giancarlo Fisichella’s AF Corse Ferrari is just two seconds behind him. Aston Martin hold a substantial three lap advantage in LM GTE Am, but things do change.
A tele-handler is now attending to the stricken #75 Porsche. A team of pit crew are now attending to the #2 Audi. Fuel, a clean screen and away.
A pit stop for Toyota drops the #8 TS040 Hybrid. Just fuel by the looks of it.
The #90 8Star Ferrari has just been in for service. The stop looked good but it was reluctant to refire. Gianluca Roda got it going in the end. The car continues in fourth in class, 27th overall.
Paulo Ruberti says the #90 has clutch problems. Can they nurse it for six and a half hours?
Just seen a replay of a Ram Racing Ferrari straight lining the Forza chicane. That would be the LM GTE Am car #53, 13th in class.
The #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber has just been lapped by the race leading Audi of Marc Gene.
Now the team are getting ready to receive the leader. Webber gets his lap back. Gene gets fuel and a clean window.
The #97 Aston Martin takes service in the pits. Tyres were taken, not sure about the driver.
That pit stop has put the #51 of Gianmaria Bruni right on the Aston Martin’s tail!
The #20 Porsche is now in the pits. Screen clean, memory card changed and fuel going in it. Mark Webber stays on board and the car goes out.
Ok, driver change now confirmed for the #97, Mucke out and Senna in.
Balance of power has changed. Gianmaria Bruni is closing on the Aston Martin of Bruno Senna. He would be able to see his prey if not for the LMP2 cars which are between the Ferrari and the Vantage.
Now Bruni is struggling to get past the #90 8Star Ferrari.
Thats the move now done but it took over half the Mulsanne straight. Bruni returns to chasing down the #97.
#14 Porsche 919 Hybrid stopped for fuel only from fifth overall and ten laps down. Romain Dumas has the wheel.
We are approaching the top of the hour now, the gap in LM GTE Pro is staying a consistent nothing. Fancy catching up on the action from hour 17? Read all about it here: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/06/2014-24-hours-le-mans-hour-17-update/
Every other class has a lap between the leader and second place. Trust LM GTE Pro to give us a decent battle.
Top of the hour and Bruni is trying the move into the Forza Chicane.
Aston and Ferrari nose to tail for lead of GTE Pro. Just a full WEC race distance to run!
Bruni and Senna run absolutely side-by-side down the Mulsanne Kink, and Bruni gets it done on the brakes into Mulsanne Corner.
Unscheduled pit stop for the #36 Signatech Alpine.
Meanwhile, Senna in the Aston Martin has closed right back up to Bruni’s Ferrari.
Problems for the #36. It is in its garage with the front bodywork off, looks like it is changing its brake discs.
#36 re-joins the race, but has tumbled down the order in LMP2. A shame after a strong run. It’s now a Ligier 1-2.
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