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24 Hours of Le Mans

2012 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Hour 2 Update

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#7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid (Photo Credit: Toyota Racing)

#7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid (Photo Credit: Toyota Racing)

Andre Lotterer continues to lead the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hybrid Audi R18 e-tron Quattro at the end of the second hour of the race.

Lotterer's lead at the end of the hour – 1:50 – was exaggerated as Allan McNish brought the second placed Audi in for its third scheduled pitstop shortly before the end of the hour. The two Toyota TS030 Hybrid's continued the trend of pitting before the Audis, Sebastien Buemi taking over the #8 car, Nicolas Lapierre the #7 car.

Thanks to those stops the already delayed #3 was able to move back into third position though Loic Duval is due to give up that spot when he makes his own stop. The best of the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyotas is the best privateer car, running sixth as the final car on the lead lap.

OAK Racing lead LMP2, heading the Starworks Motorsport HPD, the two cars split by the lead Audi. LMP2 was also the site of the most major incident of the hour. Already having endured a tough week Marc Rostan spun the #29 Gulf Racing Middle East Lola on the exit of the Porsche Curves, slapping the concrete wall, severely damaging the from left of the car.

Following a complete rebuild by the team following a Free Practice accident and starting at the back of the grid, Gimmi Bruni leads LMGTE Pro for AF Corse, with a fierce Corvette versus Aston Martin battle raging for second place.

While Darren Turner battled for the Pro category podium, Aston Martin Racing's LMGTE Am car – a leader earlier in race – was forced into the garage with a reported intermittent misfire. Allan Simonsen in the Aston was one of a few GTE drivers to hit problems, though the others were the Pro side of the divide.

Olivier Beretta spun out of what was then third place for AF Corse in the #71 Ferrari, coming to a temporary halt in the gravel trap at the Dunlop Chicane.

Jorg Bergmiester spun the #80 Flying Lizard Motorsports car into the gravel at Indianapolis and though he initially appeared not to have done any series damage to the car as he returned to the pits his replacement behind the wheel – Patrick Long – brought the car back to the pits with right-rear suspension damage.

Like at Aston Martin, the other Flying Lizard car – running in the Am category – has so far fared better, the #80 leading that class.

2012 24 Hours of Le Mans class standings after 2 hours:

#1 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer – 34 laps
#2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Capello/Kristensen/McNish – 34 laps
#3 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Dumas/Duval/Gene – 34 laps
#7 – Toyota Racing – Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima – 34 laps
#8 – Toyota Racing – Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin – 34 laps

#24 – OAK Racing – Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla – 33 laps
#44 – Starworks Motorsports – Potolicchio/Dalziel/Kimber-Smith – 32 laps
#49 – Pecom Racing – Perez Companc/Ayari/Kaffer – 32 laps
#35 – OAK Racing – Heinemeier Hansson/Leinders/Martin – 32 laps
#48 – Murphy Prototypes – Firth/Hughes/Hartley – 32 laps

#51 – AF Corse – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander – 30 laps
#97 – Aston Martin Racing – Fernandez/Mucke/Turner – 30 laps
#74 – Corvette Racing – Gavin/Milner/Westbrook – 30 laps
#73 – Corvette Racing – Taylor/Garcia/Magnussen – 30 laps
#77 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Lieb/Lietz/Henzler

#79 – Flying Lizard Motorsports – Neiman/Pilet/Pumpelly – 30 laps
#67 – IMSA Performance Matmut – Armindo/Narac/Pons – 30 laps
#88 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Ried/Roda/Ruberti – 30 laps
#58 – Luxury Racing – Ehret/Montecalvo/Jeannette – 30 laps
#81 – AF Corse – Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin – 29 laps

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