2012 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Hour 14 Update

Ferrari have a 1-2 in LMGTE Pro (Photo Credit: ferrari.com)
Ferrari have a 1-2 in LMGTE Pro (Photo Credit: ferrari.com)

Hour 14 included issues for several teams running the top five of their respective classes that shuffled the order of the race, including for the overall lead.

The hour started with both the Krohn Racing and AF Corse-Waltrip entries being pushed into the garage out of third and fourth in LMGTE Am. While the Krohn car returned to the race shortly after – keeping its position – the Waltrip car remained in the pits until the end of the hour, sliding down the order.

Their delay elevated the #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche into fifth place, but they two would hit problems before the end of the hour when Abdulaziz Al Faisal crashed heavily in the Porsche Curves, prompting the second safety car period of the race to close out the hour.

His was not the first impact of the hour. Olivier Lombard found almost the exact same patch of Armco that Anthony Davidson hit the day before. However, unlike the Toyota man Lombard was able to return to the pits in the #23 Signatech Nissan LMP2 car that had been in fifth in that class. Like in GTE Am their misfortune their misfortune lifted another entry into the top five – specifically the Murphy Prototypes car of Brendon Hartley. And like in GTE Am the benefit was only temporary, Hartley spinning the car in pit entry and being towed away with broken left-rear suspension.

Also in trouble was the lone remaining Porsche in GTE Pro – the Team Felbermayr-Proton entry. With Marc Lieb in the car it was reported as stopped somewhere around the back of the circuit, letting JMW Motorsport into the top five in class for the first time in the race.

For the first time since the start of the race a chink appeared in the otherwise flawless armour of the #1 car. Having been leading since the start Marcel Fassler spun the car in the Porsche Curves and was lucky to get away with very minor damage to the right-rear of the e-tron Quattro.

An unscheduled stop followed – seemingly largely precautionary as the car was sent out without repair – dropped the car – now in the hands of Andre Lotterer  behind Allan McNish who took the lead in the #2 hybrid Audi for the first time.

2012 24 Hours of Le Mans class standings after 14 hours:

#2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Capello/Kristensen/McNish – 220 laps
#1 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer – 220 laps
#4 – Audi Sport North America – Bonanomi/Jarvis/Rockenfeler – 219 laps
#12 – Rebellion Racing – Prost/Jani/Heidfeld – 214 laps
#3 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Dumas/Duval/Gene – 211 laps

#44 – Starworks Motorsports – Potolicchio/Dalziel/Kimber-Smith – 207 laps
#49 – Pecom Racing – Perez Companc/Ayari/Kaffer – 206 laps
#26 – Signatech Nissan – Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov – 205 laps
#46 – Thiriet by TDS Racing – Beche/Thiriet/Tinseua – 205 laps
#41 – Greaves Motorsport – Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian – 203 laps

#51 – AF Corse – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander – 196 laps
#59 – Luxury Racing – Makowiecki/melo/Farnbacher – 196 laps
#97 – Aston Martin Racing – Fernadoz/Mucke/Turner – 195 laps
#71 – AF Corse – Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci – 192 laps
#66 – JMW Motorsport – Walker/Cocker/Wills – 190 laps

#50 – Larbre Competition – Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy – 191 laps
#67 – Imsa Performance Matmut – Armindo/Narac/Pons – 191 laps
#57 – Krohn Racing – Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo – 188 laps
#88 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Ried/Roda/Ruberti – 186 laps
#70 – Larbre Competition – Belloc/Bourret/Gibon – 182 laps