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2012 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Hour 13 Update

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#3 Audi - Photo Credit: Audi Motorsport

Dumas has brought the #3 Audi up into fifth - Photo Credit: Audi Motorsport

It's status quo at the front of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Audi maintaining their lockout of the podium places.

Marcel Fassler holds a lead of more than two minutes in the #1 Audi, ahead of Allan McNish who has taken over from Tom Kristensen aboard the #2.

Oliver Jarvis meanwhile has taken the wheel of the third-placed #4 ultra from Marco Bonanomi, and is two laps off the lead.

The #12 Rebellion maintains fourth overall with Neel Jani in the driving seat. His teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen has been forced to concede fifth to the #3 Audi of Romain Dumas. That car is now three laps behind the #12 with 11 hours to go as Audi chases a 1-2-3-4.

Starworks Motorsport lead LMP2 with Tom Kimber-Smith in LMP2. He's a lap ahead of Soheil Ayari, who has taken the wheel of the Pecom car from Luis Perez Companc. That car is the first of five Oreca-Nissans running in succession in LMP2.

The Jota car of Simon Dolan ended up pointing the wrong way after its lights went out going down the Esses, but he got the car going again once it had been dragged across the gravel.

The #51 AF Corse Ferrari continues to head GTE Pro ahead of the similar #59 Luxury Racing car and the #77 Felbermayr-Proton. The #73 Corvette has joined its sister car in being out of the lead battle after losing a number of laps in the pits. The #74 car spent much of the hour in the garage.

The IMSA Porsche has taken the lead of GTE Am past the #50 Larbre Corvette.

2012 24 Hours of Le Mans class standings after 13 hours:

LMP1

  1. #1 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer – 205 laps
  2. #2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – McNish/Capello/Kristensen – 205 laps
  3. #4 – Audi Sport Team North America – Bonanomi/Jarvis/Rockenfeller – 203 laps
  4. #12 – Rebellion Racing – Prost/Jani/Heidfeld- 199 laps
  5. #3 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Dumas/Duval/Gene – 196 laps

LMP2

  1. #44 – Starworks Motorsport – Potolicchio/Dalziel/Kimber-Smith – 192 laps
  2. #49 – Pecom Racing – Perez Companc/Ayari/Kaffer- 191 laps
  3. #26 – Signatech Nissan – Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov – 191 laps
  4. #46 – Thiriet by TDS Racing – Beche/Thiriet/Tinseau – 191 laps
  5. #23 – Signatech Nissan – Mailleux / Lombard / Tresson – 190 laps

LMGTE Pro

  1. #51 – AF Corse – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander – 182 laps
  2. #59 – Luxury Racing – Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher – 182 laps
  3. #77 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Lieb/Lietz/Henzler – 181 laps
  4. #97 – Aston Martin Racing – Fernandez/Turner/Mucke – 181 laps
  5. #71 – AF Corse – Bertolini/Cioci/Beretta – 178 laps

LMGTE Am

  1. #67 – Imsa Performance Matmut – Armindo/Narac/Pons –  178 laps
  2. #50 – Larbre Competition – Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy – 177 laps
  3. #57 – Krohn Racing – Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo – 175 laps
  4. #61 – AF Corse-Waltrip – Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers- 174 laps
  5. #70 – Larbre Competition – Belloc/Bourret/Gibon- 173 laps
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