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2015 24 Hours of Le Mans – Qualifying 2: Incident-Filled Session Cut Short

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The second of three qualifying sessions for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans saw little difference in the timesheets, but instead was filled with red flag-causing incidents, which ultimately cut the session short.

The first fast lap time was set by Nick Tandy of the #19 Porsche, improving on his car’s best time from yesterday but not changing the order, and staying in 3rd position.

The first of many incidents came when the #13 Rebellion Racing car driven by Dominik Kraihamer crashed into the tyre barrier at the first chicane on the Mulsanne straight, bringing out a local yellow for a few minutes. However, the red flag came out soon after, following the #55 LM GTE-Am Ferrari getting stuck in the gravel. This stopped the session for 13 minutes.

Jan Magnussen had a major crash in his #63 Corvette which heavily damaged the car, bringing the red flag out for the final time. The session would not be resumed, and instead the final session will be 30 minutes longer.

Many drivers found themselves getting penalised for not respecting track limits, including Sébastien Buemi, who had all of the #1 Toyota’s first 8 lap times of the session deleted a result of this.

With the session over, in the combined standings Porsche still lead 1-2-3, with the #18 leading the #17 and #19. Audi remain 4-5-6, but the #7 moved past the #9 to slot into 5th place behind the #8.

In LMP2, the top three are still the same, with KCMG leading Greaves Motorsport and JOTA Sport. Aston Martin hold the top three spots in LM GTE-Pro, with the #99 leading the pack. Corvette hold the 4th and 5th positions.

Finally, the #98 Aston Martin is in front in LM GTE-Am, followed by the Ferraris of #83 AF Corse and #72 SMP Racing.

The extended third and final qualifying session will start at 21:30 CEST (20:30 UK time).

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