2016 24 Hours of Le Mans: Hour 21 Update – Toyota pulling ahead

The #44 Manor Racing Oreca 05-Nissan caused a slow zone as an accident for Matt Rao ended their race. (Credit: AdrenalMedia.com)

Just three hours remain in the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the lead battles in at least two of the classes being extremely close.

Anthony Davidson and the #5 Toyota GAZOO Racing team continue to hold the lead of the race, the Briton having taken the position away from the #2 Porsche in the previous hour, while the #6 Toyota lost some time during the hour after Kamui Kobayashi had a quick spin into the gravel trap at exit of the Porsche Curves, the Japanese racer lucky to be able to extract himself out of the gravel without losing too much time.

The #36 Signatech Alpine is still in the lead of LMP2, although the #26 G-Drive Racing entry is still on the lead lap, albeit only just, but the third placed #37 SMP Racing is four laps down.

Tony Vilander lost considerable time in the battle for the LMGTE Pro class lead after a spin at the exit of the Porsche Curves in the #82 Risi Competizione entry, with the Finnish driver stopping briefly before being able to restart and get going again, but they lost a lot of time to the class leading #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA car of Joey Hand.

The #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari still leads the LMGTE Am class, with Townsend Bell still behind the wheel, ahead of the #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche and the #83 AF Corse Ferrari.

The latest hour of the greatest endurance race in the world was affected by a crash by the #44 Manor Racing car of Matt Rao, who went off track once at Indianapolis, and then again at Porsche Curves after the front of Oreca caught under the front wheels and propelled the young Briton into the barriers.

There was also a problem for the #95 Aston Martin Racing, who crawled back to the pits with what looked like a puncture. The car was running fourth in the LMGTE Pro class at the time.