#7 Toyota opens up a lead after 9 hours
The #7 Toyota with Mike Conway behind the wheel has continued to pull away at the front of the field at this year 24 Hours of Le Mans 24 Hours as the race enters its ninth hour. Conway’s was opening up a lead over the second place Porsche of Need Jani of up to one minute.
Neel Jani holding a solid second place ahead of the third placed #9 Toyota, with an advantage of over a lap in third place.
The #9 Toyota lost more time during the last hour as it needed to pit to have a new side number panel fitted during its last pit stop.
The third #8 Toyota with Sebastien Buemi driving, has sat in the pits during the last hour while the Toyota pit crew try to fix a front motor issue. Buemi has now been caught and passed by Earl Bamber in the #2 Porsche 919, who also had similar front-axle drive problems, which has moved him up to fourth in LMP1, but the car still languishes further down the field overall.
Rebellion holding firm in LMP2
The battle for honours in LMP2 is still an all Rebellion Racing fight with the team running in first and second place in LMP2, as the previous hours the two cars have changed positions as the hours have past.
Nelson Piquet Jr in the #13 car managed to hold the lead at the beginning of the hour, but then he lost it after a pitstop when the car had a rear left light issue that needed to be fixed.
The #31 Rebellion the led the LMP2 class, with Bruno Senna behind the wheel was over seventy clear of Mathias Beche in the number #13 Rebellion Oreca.
The top three in LMP2 is completed by Thomas Laurent in the #38 DC Racing Oreca. Laurent is nearly two minutes behind the two leading Rebellions and the only car on the lead lap in LMP2.
Aston Martin Racing head Ford GT in GTE Pro
Its as you were also in GTE Pro with Aston Martin Racing managing to stay ahead of the #67 Ford GT driven by Harry Tincknell. Daniel Serra kept a good twenty second gap over Tincknell in his #97 Vantage.
The Porsche of Michael Christensen was running third at the top of the hour GTE Pro, with the other runners from Corvette, Ford and Ferrari all still on the same lap as the leader.
The Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Marco Sorensen sits in fourth place. The #95 Vantage had been at the front of the class in the opening hours before the #95 car suffered a puncture.