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 final six hours of the race.
Updates by James Broomhead, Tom Errington, Joe Hudson, James Singleton and Nick Smith.
The gap between the top two cars in GTE Pro after 18 hours of racing? 0.762 seconds.
#1 Audi makes a scheduled pit stop, but there’s no driver change.
At the same time, Bruno Senna has found a way past Gianmaria Bruni to retake the lead of the GTE-Pro class! Incredible stuff!
Mark Webber pits and exists the #20. Timo Bernhard takes over. Can he get closer to the leading Audi pace than Webber managed?
Futher drama in the GTE-Pro class. Bruno Senna brings the leading Aston into the pits, with the car smoking heavily. Unsurprisingly, it is pushed back into its garage.
Marc Gene now has a full lap advantage over the #20 once more.
Scheduled pit stop for the delayed #2. Fassler exists the car and Lotterer climbs in. It may still be possible for him to catch the #20 before the end of the race.
Audi’s #1 continued to lead overall at the end of hour 18 while GTE battle raged behind.
No longer after, Lapierre hands the #8 over to Buemi.
Drama in LMP2. The long time class leading OAK Racing Ligier has just been pushed into its garage.
The #97 Aston Martin car re-joins after a lengthy spell in the pits. That will almost certainly drop it out of contention.
Problem for the Aston was losing power steering fluid
Pierre Thiriet takes thee LMP2 lead with the OAK Racing Ligier still sitting in the pits
As I type that the #35 appears on the pit apron and heads out onto the track
Jann Mardenborough reports the OAK Ligier was down on power and is still struggling with the same issue
Mark Shulzhitskiy is now in the car, scored second in LMP2
Darren Turner in the Aston is running in 4th in class after the #97’s stay in the garage
Turner has actually fallen behind the LMGTE Am leader, the #95 Aston currently driven by Nicki Thiim
Gimmi Bruni brings the #5 AF Corse Ferrari in from the LMGTE Pro lead
Toni Vilander taking over the car which now enjoys a two lap lead in class
Pierre Thiriet in the pits in the LMP2 Ligier JSP2
Team having a grub around in the radiators, but this stop looks very normal.
OAK Racing’s #35 is in the pits. At the moment it’s all normal and it stays normal and Mark Shulzhitskiy goes back into the race
The top five cars in LMP2 are all Nissan powered
The #97 and #51 are together on track again, but this time there are five laps between them
And Darren Turner brings the Aston into the pits. Still very smoky standing still
Leader in the pits. Tom Kristensen brings the #1 in
#12 Rebellion – back in 6th after early issues – is back in the pits, the team looking at the rear of the car.
Rear bodywork is back on the #12
Problems for the LMP2 leader. Tristan Gommendy’s Ligier is smoking from the left-front wheel, but it doesn’t look like a puncture
As we enter hour 21, why not catch up on hour 19? The update is here: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/06/2014-24-hours-le-mans-hour-19-update/
Gommendy brings the Ligier back to the pits and the team get to work. He has done a fantastic job getting that car back with a suspected suspension problem.
The fuel goes in and the car goes into the garage.
Its a left front suspension upright problem. It’s broken at the link to the wishbone. Thanks to RadioLeMans.com for that bit of information.
Stop for the leader. The #1 Audi with Mr Le Mans, Tom Kristensen on board. He has it going again but there are problems at the Forza Chicane.
Looking at the replay, he just ground to a halt. The #14 Porsche blitzed past but Neel Jani was just taking back one of ten laps the car is down on the leader.
Kristensen doesn’t pit when he comes past, the problem is obviously fixed.
The #20 however does come in for service, Timo Bernhard comes to a halt and the team go to work.
Fuel yes, clean windows yes. Tyres and driver, no. Its a standard stop from Porsche Motorsport.
The leader pits. Tom Kristensen has the #1 Audi in very early after his problem on Les Hunauderes.
Fuel for the #1 Audi but he is released into the path of the #50 Larbre Competition LMP2 machine. Could Dr Ulrich be called to race control?
Now the #42 of Chris Dyson is having problems. The Zytek Z11SN is going slow on the run to Indianapolis.
You can make your own mind up about the Audi’s exit from the pits. So far there is no word from Race Control.
Pit Stop for the JOTA Sport Zytek running in third in LMP2. The limping Audi of Tom Kristensen is back in the pits too.
I made that about 30 seconds from car stopping to Audi technicians reaching for the engine. Audi Sport Team Joest are working hard.
Meanwhile Mark Webber watches the screens with baited breath. The #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid could return to the lead of the motor race.
The #2 Audi is only forty seconds behind the Porsche though.
Porsche lead the race yet again. Timo Bernhard takes the lead as Audi struggle in the pits.
The #2 has pitted, they are changing tyres for Andre Lotterer. With fuel and fresh rubber Lotterer will not be long before he is challenging Bernhard for the lead.
Lotterer is now in second place. Audi continue to labour over the erstwhile leader’s R18.
This is great news for Porsche but also good news for Toyota. Now Sebastien Buemi only needs to get seven laps back to gain the lead lap again. The #8 Toyota is by far the fastest car on the track at the moment.
Lena Gade lets Andre Lotterer know that the tyre change was due to a front right problem. So the quick laps he can now put in are just a side effect.
Almost exactly four seconds. That is how much faster a lap the #2 R18 is lapping compared to the race leader,t he #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Looking down the order there is little change. LMP2, LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am are all fairly steady.
Pit stop for the #70 Taisan car. Tyres offered and taken, the car is back underway.
The #1 car returns to the track according to timing and scoring. They lost four laps to the leader, five laps overall.
Lucas di Grassi took over the car after the spanners were put away.
That Team Taisan car has been a bit naughty. Race control has given them a stop and go penalty for causing a collision with the #57 Krohn Racing Ferrari.
Lotterer has the gap to Bernhard down to 1:22.642. That sounds like a big ask but the Porsche owes us a stop.
Patrick Pillet takes over the #91 Porsche 911 RSR. Its well down the order though.
#97 is in the pits taking on fuel now.
The IMSA Performance Matmut car has looped at Corvette curve. The #67 is stuck in the gravel with a snatch tractor on the way. Erik Maris has the wheel of the car.
Battle for the lead is now down to 1m 15 seconds.
The #97 has just gone gravel trapping down at Mulsanne corner. Darren Turner keeps it running though and returns to the track.
White flags waving at the Ford chicane, cant see why though.
Thiriet by TDS Racing are on pit lane. OAK lead LMP2 with the Ligier and JOTA Sport take over second place.
Top of the hour, we have three left to go and the gap for the lead is down to 1:13.871. Andre Lotterer could still do this.
Bernhard makes a splash and dash pit stop and makes it back out on track ahead of the #2 Audi. Lotterer is due a pit stop of his own shortly.
Patrick Pilet in the #91 Porsche has an off at Indianapolis.
#2 Audi makes its pit stop. Treluyer stands by, but Lotterer stays onboard. Only fuel is taken, and the car is released. He’s back on the hunt.
Soheil Ayari beaches the #58 Ferrari at the Ford chicane.
The #97 Aston Martin is unfortunately back in its pit garage.
The Race Performance car, which was in contention in LMP2 for a while, has also been pushed back into its garage.
Andre Lotterer continues to close on the #20 Porsche driven by Bernhard at a rapid rate.
The #20 crew looks to be appearing for a pit stop.
Timo Bernhard pits, handing driving duties over to Mark Webber. Lotterer meanwhile races past the pit lane to retake the lead in the #2.
It’s not just at the front where there’s excitement, the battle in the LMP2 continues to hot up as well.
Further problems for the #97 Aston Martin after Darren Turner went rallycrossing at Mulsanne corner earlier.
Bernhard reports that a slow puncture was the cause of an earlier-than-expected final stop.
Andre Lotterer brings the #2 in for what should be its last stop. Benoit Treluyer was once again standing ready, but Lotterer remains behind the wheel.
Meanwhile, Marc Lieb takes over from Neel Jani as the #14 makes its final stop.
Webber is crawling!!
High oil temp he reports back to the team
Suddenly an Audi 1-2 looks back on the cards!! And the #8 Toyota could be 3rd.
Webber is limping back to the pits on electric power alone
Lucas Di Grassi pit the 1 car from 3rd. He’s two laps behind the wounded Porsche
Webber is pushed back into the garage. He went down the escape road at the second Mulsanne chicane at the start of his problem
No! The LMGTE Am leading #95 Aston is stopped on the pit exit.
Kristian Poulsen gets the car going again. He has a 4 lap lead in class.
The top three in LMP2 are coming together. Alex Brundle leading Tristan Gommendy and Harry Tincknell
Gommendy takes the class lead on the Mulsanne. 1hr48 remaining
Tincknell now take takes 2nd from Brundle, the OAK Ligier down on power when it needed it most
Gommendy now pits from the lead. Tincknell leads LMP2 for Jota Sport.
The OAK Racing Ligier is pushed back into the garage
Still in the pits the OAK Racing team have dropped to 4th in LMP2
Looks like the #20 Porsche is done. Webber climbing out of the cockpit.
Tincknell has brought the new LMP2 leader into the pits. Oliver Turvey will drive the anchor leg in the #38
Gommendy retakes the class lead for Thiriet by TDS Racing
Fred Makowiecki reporting a lack of power in #92 LMGTE Pro Porsche
Leader in the pits. Andre Lotterer in the pits.
Marc Lieb pits from 4th in the #14 Porsche. Reporting gearbox issues.
And the #14 gets turned through 90 degrees and pushed back into the garage
Antonio Garcia is chasing down an ailing Fred Makowiecki for 2nd in LMGTE Pro
Makowiecki pits from second in class and Garcia take the place
Mechanics are examining the #92 car
But Makowiecki returns to the race without much further delay
#1 Audi in the pits, Tom Kristensen belted into the cockpit to take the final hour and a bit of the race
AF Corse’s #51 in the pits. trouble free stop for the LMGTE Pro leader
So we are into the final hour of the race and Audi continue to lead with the #2 R18 e-tron Quattro. Barring major drama for Benoit Treluyer it will be an easy run to the flag. Tom Kristensen has the #1 for second.
#43 Newblood by Morand Racing’s Morgan-Nissan is reported as slow on the run to Mulsanne corner.
Oliver Turvey pits in the JOTA Sport Zytek from the lead of LMP2 for fuel only
Ludovic Badey gets ahead of him for the final stints. Its so close.
The #97 and #95 cars are both in the pits. Both heading to the garage.
The #97 is well down but the #95 leads its class!
In LMP2 the #46 of Badey cant make it to the end without fuel. neither can the Panciatici driven Alpine in third. Turvey may be able to make it but its a big ask.
LM GTE Am leader escapes from the pits to stay in the lead of the class.
Also in LM GTE Am, the JMW Ferrari is the gravel at Indianapolis. Snatch tractor is on the way for Abdulaziz Al Faisal.
The LMP2 battle has extended to a massive 2.246 seconds. That is after 23 hours 10 minutes!
Meanwhile the final stops in LM GTE Pro continue. The Corvette Racing team are attending to the C7.R or Antonio Garcia.
The Rebellion R-One of Nico Prost comes to pit lane for its (hopefully) final pit stop. The car has overtaken Mark Webber’s stricken Porsche for fifth overall.
The gap continues to grow in LMP2 as Oliver Turvey brings his car to the finish. Its now over 6 seconds.
A driver change for the Prospeed Competition car puts Jeroen Bleekemolen in for the final stint.
The #2 is in for its final splash of fuel. Benoit Treluyer stays in the car.
Final stop is done for Anthony Davidson in the #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid. From the wall early on to third in the final hour.
The #1 is also good to go to the finish.
The #2 leads the #1 down the Mulsanne straight. With half an hour on the clock it is a bit early for the formation finish but with three laps between the #1 and the Toyota, they can just cruise home.
This lap Mark Webber’s #20 Porsche will fall behind the LMP2 lead battle. Next time round it’s Marc Lieb and the #14s turn to drop down timing and scoring.
The last of the pit stops are now done. Time for the mechanics to get ready for the celebrations.
Oh dear, I spoke too soon, the Rebellion Racing R-One is in the pits. Now it rolls away.
So is the TDS Ligier, now we just need to be sure that the #38 JOTA Sport car can make it to the end of the race.
The #35 OAK Ligier is brought to pit lane by Mark Schulzhitskiy due to a left rear puncture.
We have also had a car going wide and brushing the gravel on a replay but the heat haze means we cant be sure which car it is. It could be either the Loeb Racing machine or the LMP2 leading JOTA car.
The #14 is getting attention now. Looks like they are going to bring the car out of the garage and take the chequered flag.
The JOTA Sport Zytek pits for fuel. Possible drama in the final laps of the race.
Ok the LMP2 leader has left the pits. Ludovic Badey has a target that is now achievable though. Race on for the final 12 minutes?
There is just 24 seconds between Oliver Turvey and Ludovic Badey.
Frederic Makowiecki brings the Porsche #92 to pit lane. Fuel and back out for the finish.
The gap in LMP2 has stabilised. Looks like this is the order that will take the flag in eight minutes.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid #14 has come out onto the apron. The car will take the finish with Marc Lieb at the wheel.
We are headed into the final lap of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Benoit Treluyer is bringing the two car Audi convoy through Arnage for the penultimate time.
The #14 Porsche is back on the track.
Marc Lieb halts the cars drop down the order in eleventh place.
Benoit Treluyer takes his lap of honour as the clock counts down through the final minute. The chequered flag is in hand on the flag stand.
Marc Lieb plugs in behind the two Audis as the field forms up for the photo.
The pit wall is packed with teams. Audi are in place.
The #2 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler WINS LE MANS!
In LM GTE Am the #95 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE had taken the victory, a year after we lost Allan Simonsen.
JOTA Sport will win the LMP2 class assuming the #38 Zytek completes the final lap. AF Corse and Gianmaria Bruni claim the victory in LM GTE Pro.
Special mentions to the Ligier teams who have managed to get all three of these brand new cars to the finish. Also to Rebellion Racing and the #12 Rebellion R-One for taking fourth place at Le Mans.
Oliver Turvey brings the #38 home. On Wednesday night he didn’t even have a drive for this race. Now he is a class winner.
The full driver line up of the race winning #2 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro have climbed onboard. So have Ralf Jutner and Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich!
The #2 Audi pulls up in the most prized parking space in all of endurance racing.
Oh dear, the #14 Porsche hasn’t classified because their pit garage is after the start/finish line. Their last lap was well over an hour and half. It cant be longer than six minutes!
The trio of race winning drivers kiss the dirty front of the race winning R18.
That completes our live blog coverage of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thanks for following along with us. We’re all off to go sleep.