2011 24 Hours of Le Mans: Hour Nineteen Update

by Vince Pettit

As Audi continue to lead in Hour nineteen the big story of the hour is the crash that has damaged the no.7 Peugeot, dropping them out of third place with bodywork and suspension damage on the front right corner of the 908.

With the lone Audi of Treluyer out front the Peugeot of Pagenaud was chasing hard and would briefly take the lead through the pit stops which saw Audi pit nineteen minutes in to the session followed by the Peugeot seven minutes later. Wurz would take the top spot for a further eleven minutes until his pit stop saw the no.2 Audi take back the lead.A brief scare for Treluyer came when lapping the no.55 GTEPro BMW of Augusto Farfus, a slight indecision from Farfus would see the no.2 Audi narrowly avoid the rear of the Brazilian’s car.

Alex Wurz would end his session in the car with a bump as he ran wide through Indianapolis, heading straight over the gravel trap and in to the tyre barrier, damaging the front right bodywork and suspension in the process. After being recovered by the marshalls the no.7 Peugeot would limp back to the pits ready for the team to repair the accident damage before handing the car over to Anthony Davidson just before the end of the hour. With Wurz dropping down the order the no.8 Peugeot of Sarrazin would move up in to third place in LMP1.

Greaves Motorsport continue to lead the LMP2 following a driver change with Karim Ojjeh taking the helm, the no.26 Signatech Nissan would also see a driver change with Soheil Ayari taking over. The Level 5 Motorsports No.33 would hold on to third spot with Joao Barbosa continuing his run.

The only change in the top three for GTEPro category see’s Augusto Farfus drop down the order following a long pit stop with the car briefly visiting the garage. Marc Lieb moves up in to third place with the no.77 Porsche.

GTEAm continues with Labre competition leading the way in the Corvette over the No.70 Porsche and the No.83 Ferrari F430.

2011 24 Hours of Le Mans standings after nineteen hours

No.2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer
No.9 – Sport Total – Bourdais/Lamy/Pagenaud
No.8 – Peugeot Sport Total – Sarrazin/Montagny/Minassian

No.41 – Greaves Motorsport – Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard
No.26 – Signatech – Mailleux/Ordonez/Ayari
No.33 – Level 5 Motorsport – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa

No.51 – AF Corse SRL – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander
No.73 – Corvette Racing – Beretta/Milner/Garcia
No.77 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Lieb/Lietz/Henzler

No.50 – Larbre Competition – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
No 70 – Larbre Competition – Bourret/Gibon/Belloc
No.83 – JMB Racing – Rodrigues/Menahem/Marroc

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