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24 Hours of Le Mans

2012 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Hour 4 Update

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LMP2 leader OAK Racing #24 Morgan-Judd (Photo Credit: Jean Michel Le Meur/DPPI)

LMP2 leader OAK Racing #24 Morgan-Judd (Photo Credit: Jean Michel Le Meur/DPPI)

Benoit Treluyer continues to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans for Audi, but has the Toyota TS030 Hybrids in the hands of Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre on the same lap lying in second and third overall.

Buemi, in the #8 Toyota leads the two cars, and lies just over a minute down on the lead Audi having made an extra pitstop. As of the end of the fourth hour both Toyotas have run flawlessly, though the final ten minutes of the hour would have represented a scare for the ORECA and Toyota Motorsport GmbH run team. Lapierre's #7 car had damage to the right endplate of the rear wing, though the piece – on the leading edge of the endplate – flew off on the Mulsanne without causing Lapierre, or anyone else any problems. Whether Toyota have to replace the rar bodywork due to the damage remains to be seen.

Audis #3 and #2 complete the top five with the final R18 the first car off the lead lap in sixth, two minutes ahead of the best privateer car – the #12 Rebellion entry.

OAK Racing hold a 1-2 in LMP2, the gulf liveried #24 leading the pink and black #35. The Brundle family's Greaves Motorsport #42 lies fifth in class with the top seven all on the same lap after four hours.

AF Corse's #51 entry continues to lead GTE Pro from the Aston Martin Racing entry.

Aston Martin Racing's race of split personalities continues. While their GTE Pro entry continues to run in contention for the class lead, the already delayed GTE Am car compounded the problems caused by a misfire earlier in the race – Kristian Poulson spinning the car into the tyres at the entry to the Porsche Curves. The Dane was able to bring the car back to the pits.

That class is still led by the #79 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche, heading a Porsche 1-2 with the Team Felbermayr-Proton car in second.

2012 24 Hours of Le Mans class standings after 4 Hours

#1 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer – 67 laps
#8 – Toyota Racing – Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin – 67 laps
#7 – Toyota Racing – Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima – 67 laps
#3 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Dumas/Duval/Gene – 67 laps
#2 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Capello/Kristensen/McNish – 67 laps

#24 – OAK Racing – Nicolet/Laheye/Pla – 63 laps
#35 – OAK Racing – Heinemeier Hansson/Leinders/Martin – 63 laps
#48 – Murphy Prototypes – Firth/Hughes/Hartley – 63 laps
#44 – Starworks Motorsport – Potolicchio/Dalziel/Kimber-Smith – 63 laps
#42 – Greaves Motorsport – Ordonez/Brundle/Brundle – 63 laps

#51 – AF Corse – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander – 60 laps
#97 – Aston Martin Racing – Fernandez/Mucke/Turner – 60 laps
#74 – Corvette Racing – Gavin/Milner/Westbrook – 59 laps
#77 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Lieb/Lietz/Henzler – 59 laps
#73 – Corvette Racing – Taylor/Garcia/Magnussen – 59 laps

#79 – Flying Lizard Motorsports – Neiman/Pilet/Pumpelly – 58 laps
#88 – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Reid/Roda/Ruberti – 58 laps
#50 – Larbre Competition – Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy – 58 laps
#58 – Luxury Racing – Ehret/Montecalco/Jeannette – 58 laps
#67 – Imsa Performance Matmut – Armindo/Narac/Pons – 57 laps

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