2016 24 Hours of Le Mans: Hour 19 Update – Risi keeps on charging


Risi Competizione kept on running cleanly on the Circuit De La Sarthe as the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans draws ever closer to the chequered flag.

In LMP1, the Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrids of Sebastien Buemi and Mike Conway continued to lead the way with the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Marc Lieb steadily closing in on the back of the pair. With the #8 and #7 Audi R18s one and 13 laps behind respectively, you’d have to think that the most they can hope for is a podium and even then that is relying on someone else to hit problems for that to become a realistic prospect.

LMP2 saw a bit bother late on in the hour as three Ligiers came across each other on the entrance to the Forza Motorsport Chicane. John Pew was a bit too aggressive trying to put a lap on one of the Extreme Speed Motorsport cars and braked a touch too hard spearing the car into Tracy Krohn’s Krohn Racing Ligier. Thankfully they both continued but I imagine a few pleasantries will be exchanged at the end of the race.

The lead of that class belonged to Gustavo Menezes in the #36 Signatech Alpine with Rene Rast behind in the G-Drive Racing Oreca who was being chased down by Jonny Kane in the Strakka Gibson 015S.

Risi Competizione continued to fend off the advances of the Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GTs of Dirk Muller and Ryan Briscoe which were lying in second and third but weren’t particularly interested in staying there especially because Marco Sorensen’s #95 Aston Martin Racing car which wasn’t a million miles away from the back of the Fords.

In GTE Am, not much has changed since the last hour’s report which saw the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia hold onto the lead. The only difference, is that Townsend Bell has replaced Bill Sweedler behind the wheel. The second placed Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche also had a driver change with Khaled Al Qubaisi getting behind the wheel of that car.