2016 24 Hours of Le Mans – Hour 5 Update: Ford Dominate GT Pro


The #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT lead its team mate in a charge past the Risi Ferrari to take the lead of GTE Pro. (Credit: Craig Robertson/SpeedChills.com)

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid still leads after 5 Hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The track was now dry after the torrid start to the race. A slow zone was soon implicated as Tracy Krohn in the #40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 spun backwards beaching itself in the gravel. This caused a slow zone and with another at the first corner some of the leaders took the opportunity to pit.

The LMP1 #8 Audi was the first to make the most of the Slow zone at the first corner by pitting, minimising time lost. He was later followed in by the leader; #1 Porsche driven by Mark Webber.

Life got worse for the #8 Audi at the end of the hour as it was forced to pit to fix its door losing it crucial time on the track. Meanwhile Webber set fastest laps trying to build the gap over the second place #6 Toyota GAZOO Racing who was going to be pitting less.

Issues for the #4 ByKolles saw it briefly stop on track, but eventually got going again.

In LMP2 the #44 Manor Oreca-05 was controlling the gap, but it soon lost its momentum, dropping down the order. A spin towards the end of the hour dropped them from second to fifth in class.

The battle in GT Pro was the story for the fifth hour as the top three was split by 10 sec at the top of the hour. This soon closed up with the #82 Risi Competizione dropping, being forced to hold off the Ford’s behind.

Eventually the #68 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT driven by Joey Hand and #69 Ford of Ryan Briscoe took the top two spaces, with the #68 breaking away after the pit stop thanks to traffic for his rivals.

In GT Am the gap to the top two over the rest of the field remained large as the third place #98 Aston Martin Racing took a trip through gravel.

At the front of the class the #88 Aston Martin-Proton Racing lead from the KCMG. Either one could still win as they were split by barely a sector.