2011 24 Hours of Le Mans: Hour Fourteen Update

by Michael Trusler

The #9 Team Peugeot Total 908 of Pagenaud holds the lead by virtue of economy as the fourteenth hour ended under a safety car.

The Peugeot 908's run 1-2 after the #7 of Davidson overtook the #2 Audi of Fassler as the top three were covered by just 30 seconds after 200 laps.

A majority of the hour was uneventful with a smattering of pit stops by the major contenders.

The #5 Hope Racing team have shown a never say die spirit and even after 20 pit stops continue to try and find the problem with the ORECA car which has had consistent problems.

The #8 Peugeot, which suffered damper problems early in the race, was one of the first of the leading cars to blink as Sarrizan left the car after a three hour stint, and he handed over to Minassian. Soon after the #2 Audi followed for a fuel only.

Some of the closest action in the race comes from the GTE Pro class with half a lap covering the top 4.

However, it was the LMP1 action that saw an overtake after Ant Davidson set a new lap record with a 3.27.713 on lap 188 as he closed on the #2 Audi. Davidson continued to close the gap before he and his team mate, the #9 Peugeot, pitted.

Then an LMP2 pit stop race began as the #33 Level 5 Motorsports car and the #26 Signatech Nissan entered pit road in close proximity, however the #26 suffered some trouble as the crew began to fix something within the cockpit.

Just as the hour ended the #7 of Davidson pounced on the #2 Audi at Indianapolis to take 2nd place and pulled out a 5.3 second lead before the safety car came out after the #13 Rebellion Racing car crashed out with Boullion at the wheel.



2011 24 Hours of Le Mans standings after fourteen hours:

No.9 – Peugeot Sport Total – Bourdais/Lamy/Pagenaud
No.7 – Peugeot Sport Total – Davidson/Gene/Wurz
No.2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer

No.41 – Greaves Motorsport – Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard
No.48 – Team ORECA Matmut – Hallyday/Kraihamer/Premat
No.33 – Level 5 Motorsport – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa

No.74 – Corvette Racing – Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook
No.51 – AF Corse SRL – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander
No.59 – Luxury Racing – Ortelli/Makowiecki/Melo

No 81 – Flying Lizard Motorsports – Neiman/Law/Pumpelly
No.50 – Larbre Competition – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
No.61 – AF Corse SRL – Perazzini/Cioci/Breslin

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