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Welcome to the #teamTCF’s coverage of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans
We have just under 15 minutes until the start of the race and there has already been drama with the #2 Toyota speeding in the pitlane on the way out to circuit
The #23 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo of Oliver Pla, Jann Mardenborough and Max Chilton will start from the pitlane due to clutch problems
The French Air Force perform their annual fly-by over the Start/Finish straight as we get ready for the start of the race
The cars are under way for their formation lap
All of the cars from the entry list will start the race, apart from the #63 Corvette, after Jan Magnussen’s crash in qualifying. In total, there are 55 starters.
Your hosts for the next 24 hours are Jake Kilshaw,Connor Jackson, Dan Lloyd, Joe Hudson, Nick Smith and myself
The #18 Porsche will lead the LMP1 field from the line.
If you have any questions for #TeamTCF over the next 24 hours you can tweet us at @thecheckerflag or comment at the bottom of this page
…and we are go!!!
#18 Porsche keeps its lead, with Neel Jani at the wheel.
The #17 has taken the lead from its teammate!
Timo Bernhard leads the race, ahead of Jani and Hulkenberg.
Lap 1 has finished. The #17 leads the #18 and the #8. Duval has overtaken Hulkenberg for P3.
KCMG’s #47 has kept its LMP2 lead. AF Corse’s #51 car leads LM GTE Pro, and GTE Am is led by the #98 Aston Martin.
Bernhard has a lead of 1 second over Jani.
Bernhard (#17) has pulled away. Cars #18, #8 and #7 are fighting for second position, whilst the #19 and #9 cars are battling for fifth.
The #23 Nissan is still in the pitlane.
In LMP2, KCMG’s #47 is in front. 2nd is #26 G-Drive and 3rd is #41 Greaves Motorsport.
Richie Stanaway in the #99 Aston Martin leads LM GTE-Pro, ahead of #51 AF Corse and #95 Aston.
LM GTE-Am is led by the #98 Aston Martin. Next is #72 SMP Racing and #83 AF Corse.
Stop/go penalties for #67 AAI Porsche and #45 Ibanez.
Aston Martin #95 takes LM GTE-Pro lead from #99 Aston.
LMP1 leaders are starting to lap the GTE cars.
Nissan #23 into the race.
#29 Pegasus Racing Morgan into the pits.
Front left puncture on #68 Team AAI Porsche.
The GTE Pro class has had three different leaders already… we’re only 25 minutes in to the race!
#29 Pegasus Morgan reported for speeding in pitlane.
Sam Bird (#26 G-Drive Ligier) tries to take lead from #47 KCMG ORECA, but fails.
2nd placed #18 Porsche of Neel Jani has just recorded the fastest lap: 3:20.471
#46 Thiriet by TDS ORECA has passed #26 G-Drive Ligier for LMP2 2nd position. #47 KCMG leads.
Bernhard’s lead over Jani: 4 seconds.
Pit stop for #9 Audi.
#19 Porsche and #8 Audi pitting.
Top three in LMP1 is still #17, #18, #7. None of these have pitted yet.
Lotterer in 3rd place #7 Audi pits.
All three Audis have now pitted.
#18 Porsche is also pitting. Leading #17 still on track.
2014 LMP2 winners, #38 JOTA Gibson, has entered the garage, with electrical problems.
Leading #17 Porsche pits.
After pitstops, #17 Porsche still leads #18.
Two leaders are very close, 0.6 seconds separates the two Porsches.
Left-hand door has blown open on #21 Nissan. Has just pitted, so will have to pit again.
LMP2: #46 Thiriet by TDS ORECA leads LMP2, ahead of #26 G-Drive Ligier.
LM GTE-Pro: #95 Aston Martin leads #99 Aston.
LM GTE-Am: #72 SMP Racing Ferrari in 1st, ahead of #77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche.
#47 KCMG back into 2nd in LMP2, ahead of #26 G-Drive. #46 Thiriet by TDS ORECA still leads.
Neel Jani is 1.1 seconds behind Timo Bernhard in LMP1 lead.
Top six cars are only 8.1 seconds apart, as the race nears the 1 hour mark.
As the first hour turns into the second, there is a Rebellion in the gravel at the first chicane, and one of the Porsches is on fire majorly!
SAFETY CAR: The #92 Porsche is on fire at the edge of the Mulsanne. Rebellion is in the gravel after it hit the Strakka LMP2 going into the corner.
While the safety car is out, we’ll have a look at the class leaders to keep ourselves entertained:
P1: #17 Porsche, #18 Porsche, #8 Audi
P2: #46 Thiriet, #47 KCMG, #26 G-Drive
GTE Pro: #95 Aston Martin, #51 AF Corse Ferrari, #97 Aston Martin
GTE Am: #72 SMP Racing Ferrari, #98 Aston Martin, #55 AF Corse Ferrari
And the #13 Rebellion is back in the pits, getting pushed into the garage with damage to the nose
As someone just noted on Twitter, this safety car has helped the Toyotas close up again to the lead group
#2 Toyota driven by Alexander Wurz has spun under the safety car
The Rebellion #13 has just had a very quick nose job and is waiting at the end of the pit lane to be released behind one of the three safety car trains
Safety cars are coming in this lap so lets get ready to start racing once again!!
If you’ve missed the first hour and are looking to get up to speed we have just filed the Hour 1 update at http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-1-update-porsche-dominate-opening-hour/
Neel Jani is already making moves at Lotterer in the #7 is near enough touching the back of the #18 Porsche
At the front of LMP1 we have two Porsches, two Audis, a Porsche, an Audi and then the two Toyotas
KCMG has moved up to the lead of LMP2 at the expense of the Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05
Lotterer in the #7 Audi has got up to the lead of the race as he got past the #18 and then the #19 Porsches going through the Dunlop chicane
The #7 is now in the pits so that means the #17 is in the lead with the #18 2nd, they haven’t stopped yet but the sister #19 919 has
In GTE Pro, the #95 Aston Martin of Nicki Thiim leads by almost five seconds over Gianmaria Bruni in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari with the #97 Aston of Stefan Mucke 3rd
And the #18 Porsche is in the pits for their second stop now
The Krohn Racing Ligier has spun at the first chicane, seems to be of his own making and thankfully hasn’t hit anything
The #7 has now got past the #18 for second place at Indianapolis as out comes a yellow flag for a cone on track
#31 has spun at the end of the Mulsanne, went in a bit too hot and now the Rolling Stone backed ESM has spun
#99 Aston and the #64 Corvette are battling fiercely with James Calado in the #71 Ferrari getting involved in that scrap as well
The ByKolles machine is in the pits, doesn’t look too promising
Cars in the gravel at the first chicane on the Mulsanne, hearing it could be the #30 ESM and the Krohn Racing Ligier
Yep definitely them, Tracy Krohn tried to go down the inside of Scott Sharp in the #30 and hit him
Problems for the #40 Krohn Racing sees him in the Gravel, Yellow Flag out
Meanwhile #35 Oak Racing Spins at the first chicane on the straight.
Class Leaders after 2 Hours:
P1: #17 Porsche, #7
Audi, #18 Porsche
P2: #47 KCMG, #46
Thiriet, #26 G-Drive
GTE-Pro: #95 Aston
Martin, #51 AF Corse Ferrari, #97 Aston Martin
GTE-Am: #72 SMP Racing
Ferrari, #55 AF Corse Ferrari, #77 Dempsey
After 2 hours of Porsche Domination, we finally see another change for the lead as Andre Lotterer moves his #7 Audi past Bernhard
Both Extreme Speed Motorsport Team Cars have spun, with Scott Sharp’s #30 now beached at the chicane.
#41 Greaves Motorsport of Lancaster pits with a severely damaged #96 Aston Martin
As Patrick Dempsey heads out on track it could be a perfect opportunity to have a look at his thoughts prior to the race here – http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/patrick-dempsey-on-the-le-mans-experience/
The #9 Audi and the #19 Porsche of Nico Hulkenberg pit at the same time.
A driver change in the #19 Porsche sees Hulkenberg hand the car over Nick Tandy
Loic Duval pits and stays in the #8 Audi after a pitstop. No tyre changes however as the Audi team try to extend their life.
The third LMP1 Audi makes his pitstop, with race leader Andre Lotterer coming in for only Fuel. The #17 Porsche retakes the lead
The #29 Pegasus, gravel trapping a mulsanne, it won’t affect him as he currently struggles, 5 laps off the lead
Anthony Davidson now stepping into the #1 Toyota
After trying to not change tyres, the #7 Audi comes into the pits, only three laps after it last came in. A full service, sees the race leader hand over to Benoit Treluyer
It’s being reported that Lotterer had a puncture, hence the unscheduled pit stop which cost him the lead
After the Audi was forced to pit, Brendan Hartley now leads the race by 13 seconds in the #17 Porsche over the #18 Porsche
In the GTE-Pro class, after almost 3 hours of racing, the #95 Aston Martin leads by 5 seconds over the #99 Aston Martin V8 driven by Richie Stanaway
The #7 Audi brushed the wall in the first sector, Treleyer Continues
Huge Accident for the #8 Audi, sees him try to avoid a group of GTE cars and smash into the wall
Slow Zones caught out the Audi as Duval heads back to the pits
Safety Car out while the the barrier is fixed. The #8 Audi is already back out
Now an Porsche 1-2-3 as the Safety Car continues to circulate
In LMP2 Nicolas Lapierre leads in the KCMG Car
Pit stop for the #36 Signatech Alpine, Nelson Panciatici at the wheel.
The #64 Corvette has also taken a full service. Tommy Milner remains at the wheel.
To recap, Hartley (#17 Porsche) leads, from Lieb (#18 Porsche) and Tandy (#19 Porsche). Tréluyer is fourth in the first of the Audis.
The #43 Team SARD Morand Morgan comes into the pits, taking on a new set of tyres.
ORECA holds the top three places in LMP2: Lapierre (#47 KCMG) leads Badey (#46 Thiriet by TDS Racing) and Chandhok (#48 Murphy).
Nick Tandy brings the #19 Porsche into the pits for a full service.
Fire coming out of the #88 Abu Dhabi Racing Porsche! Christian Ried pulls over just after the second chicane.
That’s the third major fire for the German manufacturer’s GTE cars this week.
Pit stop for the #35 OAK Racing Ligier. Erik Maris brings the car in for Jacques Nicolet, who stalls the car on pit exit.
Wondering how to tell the difference between the two OAK Racing Ligiers? The #34 car has a pink/black fin, while the #35 has a pink fin with white heart motif.
The safety car will come in at the end of this lap.
GREEN! The #7 Audi overtakes the #18 Porsche immediately.
Tréluyer is fighting to hold back the sheer pace of Lieb’s Porsche as they brake into Indianapolis.
Fastest first sector by Filipe Albuquerque in the #8 Audi.
Fastest first sector by Filipe Albuquerque in the #9 Audi.
Davide Rigon (#71 Ferrari) gets caught up behind Patrick Dempsey and loses two spots to the #97 Aston and the #64 Corvette.
Tommy Milner in the #64 Corvette drags past the #97 Aston of Darren Turner to take the GTE-Pro lead.
First, second, third and fourth in GTE-Pro are nose-to-tail heading into the Porsche Curves!
GTE-Pro order: Milner, Turner, Rigon, Rees.
Benoit Tréluyer brings the #7 Audi into the pits for fuel only.
Brendon Hartley is going above and beyond in the leading #17 Porsche – he is currently on his 17th lap of the stint.
…..and Hartley comes into the Porsche pit box. The New Zealander takes on a tank of fuel and heads back out.
Milner and Turner have forged a small gap ahead of Rigon and Rees in the GTE-Pro lead battle. Still only 2.2 seconds separate the quartet.
Fernando Rees executes a brave pass on the outside of Davide Rigon heading into Indianapolis. The GTE-Pro order is now Corvette-Aston-Aston-Ferrari.
SPIN FOR THE #97 ASTON MARTIN. Tommy Milner gets slightly offline at the first chicane, catching out Darren Turner behind him. Turner spins and re-joins the track fourth in class.
As we enter the fifth hour, Hartley leads Albuquerque by 11.1 seconds.
di Grassi has un-lapped the #8 Audi.
We now have eight cars on the lead lap – three Porsches, three Audis and two Toyotas.
Albuquerque is a man on a mission in the #9 Audi. He’s reduced the gap to Hartley to 8 seconds.
Albuquerque has just done the best lap of the race: 3:18.477!
Another new lap record for Albuquerque. He is now 0.5 seconds behind Hartley’s #17 Porsche.
Albuquerque’s new lap record is 3:17.647. Hartley’s last lap was three seconds slower.
Albuquerque pits. He hadn’t managed to pass the Porsche.
Now the LMP1 battle is quieter, let’s look at the other classes.
In LMP2, Nicolas Lapierre still leads in the #47 KCMG ORECA, with a large gap back to the #47 Thiriet by TDS ORECA.
The battle for LM GTE Pro lead is still exciting, with Milner’s #64 Corvette out front, but with a gap of only 1 second back to Rees in the #99 Aston.
And in LM GTE Am, Shaytar leads in SMP Racing’s #72 Ferrari. A long way back is Ben Keating in the #53 Riley Motorsports Viper.
Rees has overtaken the Corvette for LM GTE Pro lead.
Back in LMP1, Hartley leads in the #17 Porsche, 52 seconds ahead of Tréluyer’s #7 Audi. After pitting, Albuquerque is in third.
All of the Audis and Toyotas have pitted 5 times, but the Porsches have stopped 4 times each.
In LMP1 3rd position, Albuquerque is defending from an attack from Lieb in the #18 Porsche.
In the LM GTE Pro battle, Milner’s #64 Corvette is back in the lead, 6.5 seconds ahead of Fernando Rees in the #99 Aston. Darren Turner’s #97 Aston sits in third.
Further back in LMP1, #19 Porsche is 5th, followed by the #1 and #2 Toyotas. In 8th is the #8 Audi. Rebellion’s #12 car is 9th, and its sister car is 10th in class, 14th overall.
The Nissans are 19th, 28th and 49th overall, in the order #22, #21 and #23. Finally, the ByKolles #4 car is 14th in LMP1, and 51st overall.
So far, we only have one retirement, and that is the #92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 in LM GTE Pro, after its fire earlier in the race.
…and I spoke too soon. Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing’s #88 911 RSR has retired from the LM GTE Am battle.
Gary Hirsch in the #41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson – Nissan has had a near miss, going wide into the gravel and narrowly missing the wall.
The #17 Porsche of Hartley has pitted from the lead.
The gap between Hartley and Albuquerque is now 8 seconds. Haven’t we been here before?!?
Lead change in LM GTE Am: Mathias Lauda in the #98 Aston Martin has passed the #72 SMP Ferrari.
Brendon Hartley is still out front in Porsche’s #17 919 Hybrid. In 2nd is Filipe Albuquerque in the #9 Audi, and is 4.7 seconds behind.
Driver change in Thiriet by TDS Racing’s #46 ORECA. They are 2nd in LMP2. Thiriet replaces Badey.
Unscheduled pitstop for the #18 Porsche from 4th position. Likely due to a puncture, as it had only done a 6 lap stint.
Greaves Motorsport takes 2nd in LMP2. Gary Hirsch is at the wheel of the #41 Gibson – Nissan.
We are now into the sixth hour, as the #68 Porsche has incident on the Mulsanne
Lets have a run through of the leaders now we have had five hours gone.
LMP1: #17 Porsche, #7 Audi, #9 Audi
LMP2: #47 KCMG Oreca, #41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson, #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca
GTE Pro: #64 Corvette, #99 Aston Martin, #97 Aston Martin
GTE Am: #98 Aston Martin, #72 SMP Racing Ferrari, #53 TI Automotive Viper
But as I’ve typed that the #41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S has stopped out on track
The ByKolles car is also in the pits in bits
The #41 has stopped just before Tertre Rouge so we have slow zones out on circuit
Bit more info on what happened to the #41 Greaves car:
The #1 is back out after its repairs, it is now ninth in class one lap down on the Rebellion in 8th
The #7 Audi has just slowed through the slow zone at the Porsche curves as it breaks down the lead of the Porsche to less than 30 seconds
In LMP2 the two Orecas still lead with KCMG almost two minutes ahead of the Thiriet by TDS Racing machine
Corvette still leads the head of the GTE Pro field but has done one stop less than the #99 and #97 Aston Martins
In GTE AM SMP Racing have a one minute lead over the #98 Aston Martin of Mathias Lauda
Filipe Albuquerque now leads the race with the #17 Porsche of Mark Webber in second place
The #7 Audi of Benoit Treluyer is taking absolutely no prisoners in passing traffic down the Mulsanne
Albuquerque now pits from the lead of the race, he gets fuel and new drinks bottles but no tyres. Webber is now in the lead of the race
KCMG Oreca is pitting now, as out on track Darren Turner is passed relatively easily in the Aston by Jordan Taylor in the Corvette
Lapierre has also been replaced in the KCMG by Matthew Howson, Lapierre has done three hours and forty minutes in the car on a quadruple stint
#34 Oak Racing Ligier of Chris Cumming has beached the car in the gravel at Indianapolis
The #19 Porsche has also pitted with Earl Bamber handing the car over to Nico Hulkenburg
Gary Hirsch is still in the #41 Greaves car following its flat battery, it is behind the barriers and Hirsch is looking frustrated behind the wheel
Just been shown a replay of the #22 Nissan hitting a handful of cones in the pit lane on its way out on to the track
Benoit Tréluyer has brought the gap between himself and Mark Webber down to just 1.8 seconds.
Here comes Tréluyer into turn one….
Driver change for the #7 Audi. Benoit Tréluyer comes in and hands the car over to Marcel Fassler.
KCMG continues to lead LMP2, Matt Howson is now at the wheel.
The #21 Nissan is in the garage with a front brake disc change.
Howson is now attempting to lap the Signatech Alpine entry, which is third in class.
Filipe Albuquerque (#9 Audi) now has a 41 second lead over Mark Webber (#17 Porsche). Marcel Fassler is third.
The Thiriet by TDS Racing ORECA comes into the pits for a service. Pierre Thiriet remains at the wheel.
The #97 Aston Martin is now taking a new set of tyres. Darren Turner came in from second in GTE-Pro.
The #8 Audi comes into the pits – Oliver Jarvis relieves Lucas di Grassi of his driving duties in sixth place overall.
The leading #9 Audi also makes its way into the pits. GT ace René Rast will make his Le Mans debut as dusk begins to surround the circuit.
If you missed anything, catch up on our hour 6 report here: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-6-update-webber-leads-treluyer/
The #9 car’s pit stop has promoted Mark Webber (#17 Porsche) to the lead of the race.
The LMP2 leading KCMG ORECA heads into the pits.
Four LMP1 cars have recorded lap times quicker than the Le Mans race record. The fastest is still Filipe Albuquerque at 3:17.647s.
The #19 Porsche (Hulkenberg) heads into the pits for a fuel only stop.
The #26 G-Drive Ligier (Sam Bird) comes in for a splash and dash. The Briton remains fourth in LMP2.
Mechanics are examining the underside of the Riley Motorsports Viper.
One of the Nissans has a slight moment, hopping over the Ford Chicane kerb after coming under pressure from race leader Webber. Both cars continue unscathed.
Laurens Vanthoor submits a race-best 3 minute 38s lap aboard the #34 OAK Racing Ligier. The Belgian is 11th in class.
The lights on the cars are getting brighter. It won’t be long before darkness descends over Le Mans….
KCMG’s last pit stop is under investigation by the race stewards.
Meanwhile, in GTE-Am, the #98 Aston Martin is maintaining its healthy lead with Pedro Lamy at the wheel. Emmanuel Collard (#83 AF Corse) remains in second.
LEAD CHANGE: Mark Webber (#17 Porsche) comes into the pits and surrenders the lead to René Rast (#9 Audi).
In LMP1 the order stands after 7 hours:
1. #9 Audi – Rast
2. #17 Porsche – Webber
3. #7 Audi – Fassler
#18 Porsche has gone into the barrier at the hairpin at the end of the straight. He’ll make his way back to the pits
Neil Jani will step into the #18 Porsche as the Nose is changed, costing them an extra 30 seconds in the pits.
In LMP2, the Nissan powered cars lead with the #47 KCMG leading the #46 Thiriet by almost a lap.
Into the pits comes Oliver Jarvis in the #8 Audi as they change tyres only
The #40 Krohn has stopped on track, it was dragged off before it got going again, losing 2 minutes
Another change for the lead as the #9 Audi comes in for its 9th stop, Webber in the #17 Porsche reclaims top spot
Mark Webber currently leads by 18 seconds over Marcel Fassler in the #7 Audi.
The #19 Porsche pits from third. They seem out of contention for the win at the moment, but there’s still 3/4 of the race to go.
After some pit stops from the front runners, we have an unusual situation where the #98 Aston Martin in GTE-Am is only 1 lap of the GTE-Pro leader, #64 Corvette
If you missed the seventh hour of the race, where were you? Don’t worry, we have you covered: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-7-update-audi-leads-kcmg-dominates/
#97 Aston Martin now only 2 seconds behind the GTE-Pro leader #64 Corvette
Meanwhile at the front, the #17 Porsche has extended his lead by 3 seconds in the last lap over the #7 Audi
#41 Greaves Motorsport has been officially withdrawn from the race, as they were unable to fix the battery problem.
#7 Audi pits. It’s clear that they don’t have the dominance now, leading Webber in the #17 to be told to stay out one more lap
Crash and Yellow flag after #36 Signatech runs off at Mulsanne
Safety Car Out as a medical car is called
Paul Loup Chatin was the driver. He’s fine and has decided to stay in the car as it is craned off, obviously hoping to get it restarted at the track side
#9 Audi leads with Rene Rast, but the safety car means that the #17 and #19 Porsche are immediatly behind
In fact the #7 Audi is also close behind in fourth. Which means that after almost 8 hours of racing, 4 cars from 2 manufacturers are split by 12 seconds. Incredible!
Meanwhile in LMP2 the #47 KCMG continues in the lead behind the safety car after pitting
Over at Nissan in LMP1, the team continue to work on the #21 but no sign of getting back out any time soon
From Greaves Motorsport after the retirement of the #41 – “Unfortunately we couldn’t get the battery started from where we were after hours of trying. Fingers crossed for the rest of the championship”
We’ll have a quick butchers through the class leaders while we are still under the safety car:
LMP1: #9 Audi, #17 Porsche, #19 Porsche
LMP2: #47 KCMG, #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing, #26 G-Drive Racing
GTE Pro: #64 Corvette, #97 Aston Martin, #99 Aston Martin
GTE Am: #98 Aston Martin, #83 AF Corse, #72 SMP Racing Ferrari
Eduardo Freitas, the race director, has confirmed barrier repairs are taking place on the Mulsanne so this is why safety car is still out
We have also restarted the race now but the slow zone at the damaged area on the Mulsanne will remain for a while longer
Rast still leads after the restart after using the Nissan as a handy road block to give him a bit of breathing space over Mark Webber’s Porsche
#97 Aston Martin in GTE Pro has pulled off the track at the end of the Mulsanne in the slow zone, something sounds broken
#9 Audi pitted from the lead with the #19 claiming the lead
That all means that the Team Manthey Porche has moved up to a podium position
The #19 is in the pits so that means the #17 leads and the #7 is 2nd
The Storm is Brewing – Our eighth hour summary is now online: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-8-update-the-storm-is-brewing/
Porsche is 1.117 seconds ahead of Audi for the lead as the slow zone at Mulsanne corner is lifted!
#47 KCMG car that has been going so well has also been handed a drive through penalty
The #17 is in for its penalty and the #7 is in for its scheduled pit stop
#99 Aston Martin has taken the lead in GTE Pro from the #64 Corvette
#17 is back in again – this time for its scheduled pit stop as Timo Bernhard relieves Mark Webber behind the wheel – Webber had done more than 3 hours in the car
For those who haven’t heard, not only with Ford be joining the grid next year, The Brabham name will also be back on the grid in LMP2. Read all about the project with our in-depth look here…
— The Checkered Flag (@TheCheckerFlag) June 12, 2015
#19 is in the lead as the #9 and the #7 form the head of the chasing pack
In LMP2 KCMG still leads from Thiriet by TDS Racing, and G-Drive Racing
Top 3 positions in each class after Hour 9 of the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans
- #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid – Hulkenberg/Bamber/Tandy
- #9 Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Albuquerque/Bonanomi/Rast
- #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Fassler/Treluyer/Lotterer
- #47 KCMG Oreca 05 – Nissan – Howson/Bradley/Lapierre
- #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 – Nissan – Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy
- #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 – Bird/Rusinov/Canal
LM GTE Pro
- #99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 – Rees/MacDowall/Stanaway
- #64 Corvette Racing C7R – Gavin/Milner/Taylor
- #91 Team Manthey Porsche 991 – Lietz/Christensen/Bergmeister
LM GTE Am
- #98 Aston Martin Racing V8 – Dalla Lana/Lauda/Lamy
- #83 AF Corse Ferrari – Aguas/Perrodo/Collard
- #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia – Shaytar/Bertolini/Basov
It’s now Sunday morning at Le Mans, with only six seconds separating the leading pair of Hulkenberg and Rast.
Harry Tincknell brings the #22 Nissan into the pits, which is now lacking a front hood. The mechanics wheel it back into the garage.
The #22 Nissan has also incurred damage to the front splitter.
There is debris on the approach to Indianapolis, possibly a result of the Nissan incident.
On-board replays are showing that the #22 Nissan hit a piece of debris heading towards Indianapolis.
The #23 Nissan has stopped on the escape road at Arnage, prompting waved yellows. Olivier Pla is at the wheel.
Nico Hulkenberg is continuing to lap in the low 3:22s – he is currently the fastest driver on the circuit, despite being at the tail end of his fourth stint.
Pla has been recovered and is back on track.
Nico Hulkenberg, after a marathon quadruple stint, brings the leading #19 Porsche into the pits. Nick Tandy takes over.
Marcel Fassler (#7 Audi) will pit in three laps.
The #12 Rebellion has slowed on pit entry.
One car to watch in the LMP2 class is the #43 Team SARD Morand Morgan. Despite having a troubled start to the season the team is running fifth in class with Oliver Webb at the wheel. A trouble-free night stint could make Benoit Morand’s team a podium contender.
André Lotterer is primed to take control of the #7 Audi that Marcel Fassler has piloted for four stints.
The #7 Audi of Marcel Fassler trundles down the pit lane for a full service. Andre Lotterer is set to take over, for a quadruple stint at least.
All five LMP1 cars that are making their race debuts this weekend are still in the race. The highest placed is the #12 Rebellion in 9th place.
The GTE-Pro lead battle has been quiet for a few hours, but now it’s starting to hot up again. Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin) is just 12 seconds behind Oliver Gavin (#64 Corvette).
Were you watching last hour? If not check out the report as we continue our coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours. – http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-9-update-hulkenbergs-fightback/
Pit stop for the #64 Corvette. Richie Stanaway assumes the lead of the GTE-Pro class in the red and yellow #99 Aston Martin.
Aston Martin Racing continues to lead the GTE-Am category.
Battle for 2nd in GTE-Am – Francois Perrodo (#83 AF Corse) is only 30 seconds behind Andrea Bertolini (#72 SMP Racing), although Bertolini was six seconds quicker last time around.
The #27 SMP Racing BR01 LMP2 is in the pits for a routine stop. The Russian squad, owned by Boris Rotenberg, is entering the new coupe design into its first 24 hour race. The #27 car is running 20th overall.
The #21 Nissan is slow heading into the second chicane. Sparks are being deposited as components scrape along the surface. It’s a long way back to the pits for Tsugio Matsuda.
The two Toyotas are continuing to plug away – Alex Wurz has just posted a 3:27.637s in the #2 car, which is three laps down on the leader – while Sébastien Buemi is a further four laps adrift.
The #8 Audi makes its way into the pits. Fuel and tyres are applied. Meanwhile, the #21 Nissan has come to a complete stop after spinning at Arnage.
The #34 OAK Racing Ligier takes on a new load of fuel. Featuring three Le Mans rookies in Chris Cumming, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor, this one-off entry is currently running 8th in LMP2 and 18th overall.
Marco Bonanomi is now back at the wheel of the #9 Audi.
Therefore, Nick Tandy moves into the lead of the race. This #19 Porsche (sporting a white livery) is competing in the second and third rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship only. The car finished sixth in its race debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May.
Tracy Krohn comes in for a fuel stop in the #40 Krohn Racing Ligier. Krohn and his driving partner Nic Jonsson have become the longest-serving partnership in the Le Mans 24 Hours – this is their 10th race together at the famous La Sarthe circuit.
As we reach Midnight in the UK and 1:00 in Le Mans. The #7 Audi leads the #19 Porsche by 4 seconds
Fisichella stays in the #51 AF Course as the Ferrari pits
Slow zone (yellows) still in place in 25,26 and 27 while they clear away the stricken Nissan
Track now marked as clear
01:00 unfortunately we cannot get the No.21 back to the pits, so it has retired.
— Nissan NISMO (@NISMO) June 13, 2015
#30 G-Drive – Reported speeding in the pitlane
Driver Change in the #1 Toyota as Anthony Davidson takes over to come out in eighth
#18 Porsche has beached itself at the same corner it crashed earlier today. Neel Jani the one on board
The #18 has got going once again, but has fallen behind the #8 Audi
#18 Porsche pulls into the pits, Marc Lieb takes over from Jani after the crash, as the team replaces the nose and tyres. Still got back out infront of the Toyota cars.
We have a recap of hour ten available now, an hour that was filled with woe for the three LMP1 Nissans: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-10-update-hour-of-the-falling-nissans/
The Class Leaders at 1:30 CET.
LMP1: Porsche #19
LMP2: Oreca KCMG #47
GTE-Pro: Corvette #64
GTE-Am: Aston Martin #98
Still four cars on the lead lap as Nick Tandy leads in the #19 Porsche
Crash for the #31 Extreme Speed Car. He’s forced to limp around the lap with no headlights
#9 Audi of Marco Bonanomi pits from second place. No tyres, just fuel
In GTE-Pro, the top three are from 3 different manufacturers split by just over a minute. THe #99 Aston Martin leads after 145 laps.
Both Porsche’s are now lapping quicker than the Audi’s, Tandy has pulled out a second a lap over the #7 in his #19 Porsche. Meanwhile the #18 is catching in fourth.
Nissan announce that their #21 has officially retired, as the leader #19 Porsche pits.
In GTE-Pro, it’s looking likely that we could end up with another four car battle at some point. Giancarlo Fisichella in the AF Course is now on the same lap as the GTE-Pro leader in fourth.
Smoke from the back of the #40 Krohn Racing could be concerning. Tracy Krohn continues for now.
Lotterer Pits from second with a scheduled stop. The #7 Audi manages to stay ahead of the #17 Porsche despite the delay.
The #40 Krohn Racing entry pitted for a new rear wing and bodywork. It seemed the smoke from the back was only the bodywork rubbing against the wheels.
The #19 Porsche still leads as the race heads into its eleventh hour, Nick Tandy continuing to show good pace.
The team manager for the #18 Porsche has been called to the stewards for an unknown reason.
The #27 SMP Racing LMP2 car has lost a tyre, with another car lucky not to collect the stray tyre as it rolled away.
The battle for GTE Pro still rages, with four cars on the same lap. The #99 AMR leads the #64 Corvette by less than five seconds after 11 hours!
Class leaders with 12 hours 45 minutes to go:
LMP1 – #19 Porsche
LMP2 – #47 KCMG
GTE Pro – #99 Aston Martin Racing
GTE Am – #98 Aston Martin Racing
Tandy is more than a minute clear in the lead of the #9 Audi that currently runs in P2, while Andre Lotterer is a few more seconds back having made one extra stop.
You have to remember that the #19 Porsche is not a full time entry, but all three drivers are having a great race, with Tandy, Nico Hulkenberg and Earl Bamber showing their worth.
The #29 Pegasus Racing car of Ho Pin Tung is beached in the gravel in the Porsche Curves. There is a yellow flag zone in the area.
The battle for the lead of GTE Pro is on, the #99 Aston Martin Racing and the #64 Corvette Racing machines are nose to tail. Fernando Rees is in the #99, Oliver Gavin in the #64.
During the yellow flag zone, Rees seemed to get a bit of a gap to Gavin, but it did not take long for the two to close up again.
The yellow flag zone is still active as they remove Ho Pin Tung’s car from the gravel.
Up front, the #9 Audi has pitted from P2, with Marco Bonanomi staying in the car, but it promotes Andre Lotterer in the #7 Audi into P2.
The leader should be set for a pit stop sooner rather than later, with the #19 Porsche the only car in the top six not to have made his 14th pit stop.
A mistake by Fernando Rees has allowed Oliver Gavin through into the lead of GTE Pro.
A look back to hour 11 can be found here – http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-hour-11-update-nissan-retire-as-porsche-head-for-the-gravel/
The #64 pits from the GTE Pro lead battle as the yellow flag zone is finally withdrawn.
Gavin has got out of the car with Tommy Milner taking the controls of the #64.
Meanwhile, the leader has pitted, with Nick Tandy remaining in the #19.
Tandy has kept hold of the lead after his pit stop, the advantage may have swung towards Porsche.
The lead is less than ten seconds however from Lotterer in the #7 Audi.
There is another yellow flag zone on the circuit. The #43 Morgan is stopped at the side of the road smoking. Pierre Ragues was behind the wheel.
Looks like Benoit Treluyer is set to replace Andre Lotterer in the #7 at the next pit stop. He is suited and booted ready to go.
And Lotterer pits from P2. Despite Treluyer being ready to go, Lotterer remains in the car.
News from Nissan, Jann Mardenborough should be getting back on track shortly in the #23 GT-R LM Nismo.
Nicolas Lapierre pits from a comfortable lead in the LMP2 class in the #47 KCMG. Mechanics are looking at the front right corner and its an extended stop.
The #7 Audi is back in third behind the sister #9 but by less than four seconds.
Despite the extended pit stop, the #47 KCMG rejoins in the lead of LMP2.
Timo Bernhard steps out of the #17 Porsche that runs in P4, with Brendon Hartley taking over for the next stint.
189 laps in the books for the race leading #19 Porsche.
Lotterer is closing the gap to Bonanomi ahead of him, the two Audi’s now only three seconds apart.
Lotterer was 1.4 seconds faster over that last lap than Bonanomi. The #7 is closing on the #9.
Lotterer can now see Bonanomi ahead him as the battle for P2 in LMP1 gets closer, although Lotterer has made one more stop than Bonanomi.
Just as I say that, Bonanomi pulls out a tenth on that last lap over Lotterer.
The #99 AMR of Fernando Rees pits from the lead of GTE Pro. He remains in the car for another stint.
WE ARE AT HALF WAY! 12 Hours down, 12 to go!
The #19 Porsche leads LMP1 from the #9 Audi and the #7 Audi.
The #47 KCMG leads LMP2 from the #46 Thiriet by Tds Racing and the #26 G-Drive Racing
The #99 Aston Martin Racing leads GTE Pro class, from the #64 Corvette Racing and the #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports.
The #72 SMP Racing entry leads GTE Am class, from the #98 Aston Martin Racing and the #77 Dempsey Proton Racing.
With the half way point here we switch over to a fresh blog for the next half, please head over to http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/06/live-2015-24-hours-of-le-mans-part-2/