As the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans gets every closer, the drivers and teams are focused on just racing a clean race and getting to the end. 51 of the 60 cars are still running as only a normal WEC race distance remains of the race. The heat has started to rise and it is expected that the high levels will have effects on the cars.
1st – #1 Porsche Team – 919 Hybrid – Jani/Lotterer/Tandy
2nd (p9) – #2 Porsche Team – 919 Hybrid – Bamber/Bernhard/Hartley
3rd (p14) – #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 – Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima
More progress has been made by the recovering Hybrids in the last hour as they both seek to get as high up the grid as possible. The #1 Porsche has extended their lead to twelve laps ahead of the second-placed LMP2 over the last hour. As the heat returns to the track, the LMP1 teams will have to adjust their tyre strategies and race strategies to adapt to this.
1st – #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing – ORECA 07-Gibson – Jarvis/Tung/Laurant
2nd – #13 Vaillante Rebellion – ORECA 07-Gibson – Beche/Hainemeier Hansson/Piquet
3rd – #35 Signatech Alpine – Negrao/Panciatici/Ragues
The end of the hour saw an end to Vaillante Rebellion’s flawless running. After having an issue in the middle of the night, the #31 has been back in the garage for a more extensive repair, with it looking like a gearbox cluster change. As this hour draws to an end, the #31 is up on the high jacks with it being broken apart as the team search for the problem.
1st – #97 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Adam/Turner/Serra
2nd – #63 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor
3rd – #91 Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Lietz/Makowiecki/Pilet
Issues plagued Aston Martin this hour as Richie Stanaway had an incident at Mulsanne Corner. Taking too much speed into the corner, Stanaway careered straight into the tyre barrier and damaged the front of the car. Using the momentum of the crash, Stanaway was able to get the Aston straight back out of the gravel trap and back to the pits for repairs.
But the car, after having a brief repair and getting back out, was back in the garage a few laps later for more extensive repairs. The crash from Stanaway may take it out of contention for the win as it has already cost the #95 team the lead of the class.
1st – #84 JMW Motorsport – Ferrari 488 GTE – Stevens/Smith/Vanthoor
2nd – #55 Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Cameron/Scott/Cioci
3rd – #62 Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 488 GTE – Bell/Sweedler/MaCNeil
The JMW Motorsport entry is still racing strong, leading the field with a competitive and unchallenged pace. #84 has been leading the Am class from the middle of the night and the team look determined to keep hold of the position they have. The class has only lost one team over the 18 hours of racing, meaning that 15 LM GTE Ams continue to circle the track.