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2013 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Hour 14 Update

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The fourteenth hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours started under safety car conditions, after the lengthy safety car period for armco damage was extended due to a sudden deluge on the front straight.

Subsequently, pit road became one of the busiest places in France as everyone came in to fit either “trick” slicks, intermediates or full wet tyres to deal with the sudden change in conditions.

While the #2 Audi was still holding station at the top of the field, the battle for second between the two Toyotas was hotting up, with the #8 car passing the #7 and racing off in to the distance, desperately trying to close in on the Audi and keep any hope of a Toyota victory intact.

LMP2 saw a second inter-team battle, this time for the lead of the race as less than a second covered the two OAK Racing Morgan-Nissans, with the #35 car holding off the advances of the sister #24 for an all-British OAK Racing duel.

The GTE classes were surprisingly quiet in the fourteenth hour, with positions changing hand in the pits but remaining relatively well behaved whilst on circuit. Porsche AG Team Manthey took over the lead in GTE Pro away from Aston Martin as the hour ended, whilst GTE Am also saw a 911, the IMSA Performance Matmut, at the top of the standings.

2013 24 Hours of Le Mans class standings after 14 hours

LMP1

1 – #2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Kristensen/Duval/McNish
2 – #8 Toyota Racing – Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin
3 – #7 Toyota Racing – Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima

LMP2

1 – #35 OAK Racing – Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman
2 – #24 OAK Racing – Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle
3 – #38 Jota Sport – Dolan/Turvey/Luhr

GTE Pro

1 – #92 Porsche AG Team Manthey – Lieb/Lietz/Dumas
2 – #99 Aston Martin Racing – Bell/Makowiecki/Senna
3 – #97 Aston Martin Racing – Dumbreck/Mucke/Turner

GTE Am

1 – #76 IMSA Performance Matmut – Narac/Bourret/Vernay
2 – #55 AF Corse – Perazzini/Case/O’Young
3 – #61 AF Corse – Griffin/Gerber/Cioci

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