24 Hours of Le Mans

2011 24 Hours of Le Mans: Hour Twenty Three Update

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Audi continue to lead in to the final hour but rivals Peugeot aren’t making it easy for the German marque.

On paper the no.2 Audi passing the no.7 Peugeot should have been an easy move. The lead car passing a car 4 laps down should never be a problem, in reality Marc Gene made his 908 as wide as possible, making it near impossible for Andre Lotterer to pass safely. Lotterer would eventually pass the Peugeot but not after being blocked and nearly run off the circuit.

Asked about the manoeuvre the Peugeot team simply responded “There was no blue flag”.

In LMP2 Greaves Motorsport continued to march onwards with Lombard taking over the no.41. Signatech Nissan followed by Level 5 Motorsports make up the top 3 places.

Positions in the GTEPro class remain the same with the Corvette leading Ferrari and BMW.

There was some brief movement in the GTEAm class as the no.83 slowed on track and limped back to the pits. Thankfully for the team the problem was sorted and they would regain their third place from the no.68 Ford GT.

2011 24 Hours of Le Mans standings after twenty-three hours

LMP1
No.2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer
No.9 – Sport Total – Bourdais/Lamy/Pagenaud
No.8 – Peugeot Sport Total – Sarrazin/Montagny/Minassian

LMP2
No.41 – Greaves Motorsport – Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard
No.26 – Signatech – Mailleux/Ordonez/Ayari
No.33 – Level 5 Motorsport – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa

GTEPro
No.73 – Corvette Racing – Beretta/Milner/Garcia
No.51 – AF Corse SRL – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander
No.56 – BMW Motorsport – Priaulx/Muller/Hand

GTEAm
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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