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14:20
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Congratulations to Audi, JOTA, Ferrari and Aston Martin, and a tip of the cap to Porsche too for an excellent effort on its return to Le Mans. That's it from us, thanks for joining and we hope you enjoyed the coverage. Stick with Crash.net for all the race reaction. Au revoir!
14:18
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...ultimately it's an Audi one-two, which is a remarkable result for the #1 car after Duval's practice crash and ends the weekend on a high for the team after what had been such a worrying start
14:16
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Well what a race that was. The carnage in the downpour on Saturday afternoon feels so long ago, with the #3 Audi accounted for, while that also hurt the #8 Toyota's chances. Then the #7 Toyota dropped out from the lead, and then the #20 Porsche as it almost seemed like nobody wanted to win the race...
14:11
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And an emotional victory in the GTE AM class for the #95 Aston Martin one year on from Allan Simonsen's death in the #95 car here. Second is the #88 Proton Porsche and third the #61 AF Corse Ferrari
14:08
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GTE PRO victory goes to the #51 AF Corse Ferrari with Bruni bringing the car across the line ahead of the #73 Corvette and the #92 Team Manthey Porsche
14:07
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Oliver Turvey brings the #38 JOTA Sport across the line to win the LMP2 class ahead of the #46 TDS Ligier and the #36 Signatech Alpine
14:05
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It's the #2 Audi of Treluyer, Lotterer and Fassler who take victory ahead of the #1 of Kristensen, di Grassi and Gene, while the #8 Toyota completes the podium with Davidson, Lapierre and Buemi
14:03
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CHEQUERED FLAG: #2 AUDI WINS THE 2014 LE MANS 24 HOURS
14:02
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The Audis pass the #14 Porsche as the clock ticks down to zero. They've backed the whole field up now as we come through the Porsche Curves
13:59
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We're on the last lap with the two Audis cruising round together with Treluyer leading in the #2 car
13:57
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The #14 Porsche is back out to try and get a lap in and sportingly the Audi team applaud as it exits the pit lane
13:56
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The #14 Porsche will need to get out on track soon as it has to complete one lap and start another (and finish that within six minutes) to be classified
13:54
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Porsche rolling the #14 car back out to try and finish - you're not classified if you don't finish the race - with seven minutes to go. The car has been in the pits for almost an hour and a quarter
13:51
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The lead two Audis continue their formation flying with race leader Treluyer in the #2 car ahead of Kristensen in the #1 on track
13:51
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Turvey back out in the LMP2 lead but he can't ease off too much. Just 10 minutes to go, just willing every car to make it to the finish at racing speed here now
13:46
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Turvey pits from the lead of the LMP2 class with 15 minutes to go
13:45
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What a story it would be for Turvey to bring the JOTA home for LMP2 victory - he was a late call-up to replace Marc Gene who was taken on by the #1 Audi car after Duval's huge crash in practice on Wednesday
13:40
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Here we go, Badey pits the #46 TDS Ligier and Turvey needs to keep it clean before pitting the #38 JOTA in a few laps
13:36
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In to the final half hour and eyes on the LMP2 battle with the two leaders (Turvey in the #38 ahead of Badey in the #46) just 14s apart. GTE AM leader #95 Aston managed to rejoin with a two-lap lead
13:31
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Kristensen pulling out of the tow behind the #2 Audi in order to stay in cool air
13:29
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Kristensen stops for the final time too, and after rejoining he allows Treluyer past so we have the lead two Audis running in formation on track
13:26
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Turvey opens up a 12s gap in the #38 JOTA Sport car ahead of the #46 TDS Ligier. 34 minutes to go
13:24
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Davidson pits the #8 Toyota from third place, just fuel goes in and he's away again
13:23
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Treluyer in for what should be his last pit stop. Prost is now up to P4 in the #12 Rebellion and the LMP2s are set to jump ahead of the retired Porsches soon too
13:18
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Turvey is flat out trying to get as big a gap as possible before that final splash and dash - he now leads by 6.3s
13:15
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Prost is coming in to the pits in the #12 Rebellion and with both Porsche's out he's about to take over fourth place overall - already fifth ahead of Webber
13:12
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In the GTE PRO class Bruni has a one lap lead in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari ahead of the #73 Corvette and the #92 Team Manthey Porsche 911
13:10
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The #66 JMW Ferrari has gone off at Indianapolis, with Al Faisal beaching the 458 Italia in the gravel
13:10
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The GTE AM leader - the #95 Aston Martin - is now in the garage. Poulsen at the wheel and he has a four lap advantage but that is decreasing as the team goes to work
13:08
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Both the LMP2 leaders need to pit again for more fuel in the final 20 minutes as well
13:07
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Turvey pits for a bit of fuel and rejoins just ahead of the #46 TDS Ligier. When I say just ahead, Badey in the #46 is 1.4s behind with less than an hour to go
13:04
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LMP2 still to play out, with Gommendy pitting the #46 TDS Ligier from the lead and handing over to Badey, promoting Turvey in the #38 JOTA who will run to the end...
12:54
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In comes the #1 Audi from second place, three laps behind the lead Audi and three laps ahead of Davidson in the #8 Toyota
12:50
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With the #20 retired and the #14 still in the pits, Nico Prost in the #12 Rebellion is eight laps from taking over fourth place
12:45
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From here you'd think the Audis could take it easy to the flag but this has been a crazy race...
12:40
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The #14 Porsche up on the stands in the garage and it could be that neither Porsche finishes the race...
12:38
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It's all falling apart for Porsche! Lieb pits after telling the team over the radio about a gearbox problem which has left him stuck in fourth. The car is wheeled back in to the garage
12:36
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In comes the #2 Audi from the lead, with Treluyer taking over from Lotterer who has just completed a monster stint
12:33
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Turvey now in the #38 JOTA car and chasing down the #46 TDS Ligier for the lead of the LMP2 class. 32s the gap last time round
12:31
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You've got to feel for Porsche: expectations will have been low at the start of the race but the #20 was dreaming of a race win before it had to retire
12:27
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That's Davidson up to third place in the #8 Toyota and he's the quickest car on track at the moment, although six laps off the lead
12:25
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12:23
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There's a lead change in LMP2 now, with Tincknell taking the lead in the #38 JOTA Sport car from the #46 TDS car
12:21
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Webber climbs out of the car in a very dejected manner as the body language in the #20 Porsche garage hints at game over
12:18
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Davidson closing in on the Porsche now for third place. He's two laps on the #20 car but is asking "do we think it's going to take them long?"
12:16
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Webber is still in the garage in the #20 Porsche. Down to third place so far...
12:12
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LMP2 is lighting up now. Leader Brundle looks like a sitting duck in the #35 Oak Racing Ligier, while the two cars behind him are within 10s and only 2s apart
12:09
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The #95 Aston Martin - leading the GTE AM class - has stopped at the pit exit! Poulsen gets the car started again though and is on his way
12:07
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Webber has made it back to the Porsche garage and replays show he didn't have full braking power on that last lap. The #20 car is in the garage with work going on
12:02
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Webber shaking his head as the #20 car limps round - you'd have to say that seems like the end of Porsche's chances
12:00
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The #20 Porsche is slow! He's crawling along the Mulsanne straight
11:57
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Lotterer now on his fifth stint in the #2 Audi and he leads Webber in the #20 Porsche by 25s
11:54
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In comes Lotterer in the #2 Audi. Treluyer waits but Lotterer stays in the car. It's a short stop and the Audi retains the lead
11:53
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The lead #14 Porsche breezes past the #20 Porsche approaching the Ford Chicane - something definitely not right with the lead car. Jani in the #14 car is able to match the Audis
11:51
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Lotterer in the 3m26s and absolutely on it at the moment. The #2 Audi might even be able to pit and rejoin still in the lead
11:48
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Brundle's lead in the LMP2 class is still relatively healthy as he is now just over two minutes ahead of the #46 TDS Ligier which has pitted. Brundle pits now...
11:46
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Webber four seconds slower on that last lap but the #2 Audi and #20 Porsche out of sync on pit stops for now
11:44
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The lead LMP2 car is still slow as Brundle registers a 3m48s in the #35 Oak Racing Ligier
11:42
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Webber hasn't been the quickest driver for Porsche so far in this race and he's going to need to find a little bit extra to keep the Audi from reeling him in after the #2 stops
11:39
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Lotterer is asked by Audi to tell Treluyer - who is set to take over - how to drive the car. Another stop coming soon...
11:37
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With the #20 Porsche changing driver it's a longer stop. New tyres for Webber and out he goes
11:36
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In comes the #20 Porsche and that means Lotterer blasts past in to the lead in the #2 Audi
11:35
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Could be a problem for the #20 Porsche as the team leap in to action in the garage - Webber running to get ready to jump in for the final stint
11:32
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Lotterer told by Audi to increase his pace and the #20 Porsche registers a slow 3m35s. The gap now just 33s
11:31
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The #34 Race Performance Oreca has just been wheeled back in to the garage, currently running seventh in the LMP2 class
11:28
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Tincknell at the wheel of the #38 JOTA and he's closing in on the second-placed LMP2 car - the #46 TDS Ligier - at around two seconds per lap. The gap 29s now
11:26
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Bernhard in the lead #20 Porsche is starting to peg the chasing Audi ... and as I say that Lotterer cuts the gap to 45s. The #20 Porsche 5s slower than the #14 Porsche on that lap
11:21
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Brundle is slow in the LMP2 class-leading #35 Oak Racing Ligier, his lead down to 1m35s now having lost 12s to the #46 TDS Ligier last time round
11:19
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The #2 Audi takes another two seconds out of the #20 Porshche to cut the gap to 50s. Di Grassi pits the #1 Audi from third
11:17
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Gaps between leaders in each class: LMP1 = 52s, LMP2 = 1m53s, GTE PRO = 2 laps, GTE AM = 3 laps
11:15
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Oops. The #58 Ferrari has spun exiting the final corner and is beached in the gravel pointing the wrong way. Yellow flags out at the Ford Chicane as the car is recovered
11:11
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The gap between the two leaders is 55 seconds. Lotterer will be looking to continue to close that as quickly as possible in the #1 car but must be wary of the problems Audi has been having in this race
11:09
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In comes Lotterer in the #2 Audi and it's a relatively quick stop. He sets off again in pursuit of the #20 Porsche
11:06
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Lotterer is closing in on Bernhard on track - three seconds between them - although Lotterer will pit the #2 Audi at the end of this lap
11:01
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Bernhard pits the #20 Porsche from the lead and rejoins just eight seconds ahead of Lotterer in the #2 Audi
10:57
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Turner slides through the gravel at high speed after outbraking himself but continues. Such a shame that the GTE PRO battle fizzled out
10:56
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Lotterer in the #2 Audi still closing in on the #20 Porsche for the lead, the gap now 1m11s
10:51
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The #67 Porsche has beached it in the gravel at the Porsche Curves after it appears he was nudged wide by an LMP2 car
10:45
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Lotterer in the #2 Audi comes across the line 1m22s behind the #20 Porsche, although lap times were similar on that last lap
10:40
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A stop and go penalty for the #70 Taisan Ferrari for causing a collision with the #57 Krohn Ferrari down in the GTE AM class. Thiim still leads the class
10:38
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Some slightly worried faces down at Porsche - the #2 Audi hunting down the leader is five seconds a lap quicker at this stage
10:36
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Buemi in the #8 Toyota now two laps behind the #1 Audi and a place on the podium
10:35
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The #1 Audi is back in the pit lane and on its way after a 17m30s delay - di Grassi heads out and is the best part of four laps down
10:33
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Lotterer yet to bring the #2 Audi back in and he's 1m35s behind Bernhard in the lead #20 Porsche
10:30
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The #1 Audi is still in the pits with the car requiring a new turbo. The #2 car had the same problem earlier in the race
10:29
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Potential spanner in the works as my live text colleague notes "the clouds are looking a bit heavy overhead". 3hr30min to go
10:27
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10:26
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Indeed there was an issue with the pit stop for the #2 Audi and he's going to have to stop again soon
10:24
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Here comes Bernhard and the #20 Porsche now leads the race with the #1 Audi still in the pits
10:23
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In LMP2, the #35 Oak Racing Ligier is now back in the lead but Gommendy in the #46 TDS car was six seconds quicker on the last lap
10:23
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Lotterer pits but it doesn't look smooth... No driver change and the #2 Audi heads back out
10:21
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Di Grassi is getting in to the #1 Audi but it doesn't look ready to head back out on track yet. Bernhard is now on the lead lap and has a whole lap to complete to take the lead outright
10:19
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Lotterer has done the fastest lap of the race with a 3:22.567 and he's taken TEN seconds out of Bernhard - the gap now 37s
10:17
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Kristensen is back in to the pits, complaining that the issue hasn't been resolved over the radio. He's heading in to the garage, we could have a Porsche in the lead soon...
10:15
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Kristensen dropping behind cars in the first sector, while we now have a slow Caterham out on track as Dyson in the #42 car crawls along the Mulsanne
10:13
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Kristensen lost 20 seconds on that lap but any issue seems to have been cleared after a quick pit stop... no he's still slow!
10:11
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Bernhard pits from second place in the #20 Porsche and stays second but has Lotterer closing him down in the #2 Audi
10:08
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Looks like Kristensen stopped to do a power cycle and after starting to move again he looks to be up to racing speed
10:06
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Kristensen has stopped on track! The race leader is stopped at the start of the Mulsanne
10:04
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After their problems this morning, that could put the #35 Oak Racing Ligier with Shulzhitskiy at the wheel back in the lead
10:03
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Looks like a suspension issue for the #46 TDS Ligier as it slowly makes it back to the pits with a smoking front left as it rubs against the bodywork
10:01
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The #12 pits and there's a problem for the #46 TDS Ligier which leads LMP2! Gommendy is at Arnage with an issue with the front left
09:58
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Kristensen pits the lead car as the #1 Audi comes in for a quick stop and heads back out
09:56
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Naughty naughty, the #43 Morand Morgan and the #29 Pegasus Morgan have both been handed stop-go penaties for speeding in the pit lane
09:49
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The win may be out of the question, but Darren Turner is still pushing his Aston Martin - he has just set the fastest lap of the GT cars
09:47
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It's crashed, been in and out of the pit lane and picked up two stop-go penalties for speeding in the pit lane during this race, but the #27 SMP Oreca has plugged away... though it has just been wheeled into the garage again
09:45
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The #35 OAK Ligier can't take advantage, coming into the pits too
09:42
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The LMP2 leading #46 Thiriet by TDS Ligier is in the pit lane, with Thiriet passing over to Tristan Gommendy, arguably the fastest driver in its line-up
09:41
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Still rolling around in fourth place, the #8 Toyota is plugging on and heading for the finish. Fourth is still going to give them good points, which together with the maximum haul of the Silverstone and Spa wins, should ensure they keep the WEC championship lead
09:35
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Lotterer pits the #2 Audi for a splash of fuel
09:33
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A power steering problem has been diagnosed on the #97 Aston Martin, but it is still running
09:31
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Lotterer is pushing on again, setting the fastest first sector time of the race so far
09:27
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The #51 AF Corse Ferrari pits from its clear lead in the GTE Pro class, with Toni Vilander taking over
09:25
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Elsewhere in LMP2, the #38 JOTA Zytek is third, the #36 Signatech Alpine is fourth and the #24 Sebastien Loebb Oreca rounds out the top five
09:24
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Mark Schulzhitskiy has resumed running in the #35 OAK Ligier, but he is now a lap down on the lead following the problem that saw it spend two laps in the pits. Pierre Thiriet holds down the lead in the #45 TDS Ligier.
09:22
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The #97 Aston Martin is still going, despite being reported as losing fluid. It is comfortably the quickest car in its class at the moment in the hands of Darren Turner, but is six laps of the GT lead
09:19
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Bernhard pits from second place in the #20 Porsche
09:18
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Lotterer un-laps himself and is now just a lap behind the leaders. Perhaps the #20 Porsche is in range after all...
09:15
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Track conditions seem to be coming to the drivers as they are all lapping quicker now, but that 3m 22.881secs time on lap 299 is something special given the time it beats was set on lap four - 19 hours ago!
09:15
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New fastest lap of the race for Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi
09:10
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Gene brings the #1 Audi into the pit lane and hands over to Kristensen... excellent work by Gene, he's been quick and consistent, belying his late entry to the line-up
09:08
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This race won't be changed on speed alone now - it'll take a problem for someone to change this order
09:07
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Amidst the LMP2 hububb, Nick Heidfeld has moved the #12 Rebellion back up to sixth position overall
09:03
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The #35 OAK Ligier is back on course and will no doubt head off in pursuit of Thiriet in the new LMP2-leading Ligier. Seems this battle will go to the wire!
09:03
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As we head into the 20th hour, we have a change of lead in LMP2 - #46 TDS Ligier is the new leader!
09:00
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Doesn't look like the #35 OAK Ligier is going anywhere soon... the TDS Ligier is primed to take the lead of LMP2
08:58
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Seems the #97 Aston Martin's problems could be more terminal... smoke is reported to be coming from the rear again
08:58
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Philippe Thriet brings his eponymous car into the pits for a stop. He just needs to get back out and complete one more lap to claim the LMP2, unless OAK Racing can get the #35 car going again
08:57
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Meanwhile, the #97 Aston Martin isi back on track after nearly 25mins in the pit lane. Darren Turner is now in the car, but is five laps down in fourth
08:55
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Drama in LMP2, the leading #35 OAK Ligier is wheeled into the garage and the engine cover is off...
08:50
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The #2 Audi is in the pit lane - Fassler hands over to Lotterer
08:46
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The #97 Aston Martin is still in the pits and has slipped to 4th in class, behind the #92 Porsche and the #73 Corvette
08:43
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Dumas pits the #14 Porsche from fifth place and hands over to Neel Jani
08:41
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The LMP2 leading OAK Ligier pits and returns to the track with Jann Mardenorough still at the wheel - it remains a lap up on the sister TDS car
08:37
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Big shame for Aston Martin and for us too! It was the only close lead battle no track and it had entertained from the very start
08:36
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His misfortune means Bruni moves into a clear GTE Pro lead, particularly as the next best car - the #92 Porsche - is two laps behind
08:35
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The car was smoking when it came in, which has prompted Aston Martin to play caution and take a look under the bonnet - rotten luck for Senna, who has been driving a blinder today
08:35
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Senna in the Aston Martin has pitted from the lead of GTE Pro... and it is in the garage!
08:32
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Webber pits the #20 Porsche and hands over to Timo Bernhard
08:30
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Bruni elects to dip out of that lead battle and heads for the pit lane
08:27
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The Signatech Alpine has rejoined the race and is running fourth in the LMP2 class, but is a lap down on the top three now having been up in second place
08:26
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Senna sets his fastest lap of his race - and the fastest lap of the GT class in this race - en route to passing Bruni for that lead
08:25
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Senna and Aston Martin are back ahead in the GT class, passing Bruni's Ferrari down the straight. Game on!
08:24
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The race leading #1 Audi pits for its 24th stop of the race
08:20
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Usually it is the other way around, but the GTE battle was briefly spoiled by the LMP1 cars as Fassler and Lapierre squeezed themselves in between the feuding Ferrari and Aston
08:17
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Bruni sets his fastest lap of the race... despite having the Aston Martin of Senna crawling all over the back of his Ferrari!
08:15
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The Signatech Alpine remains in the pit lane, which has allowed the JOTA Zytek up into third position in the LMP2 class
08:14
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Webber has picked up the pace and is lapping on a par with the #1 Audi, but there is no indication that it can mount challenge on speed alone. Fassler, meanwhile, is still the quickest driver on circuit
08:12
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Less than six hours to go... or, the same length as a regular WEC race!
08:12
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We are well into the final quarter of what has turned out to be a very exciting and unpredictable 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours to go
08:08
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Bruno Senna is not giving up on the GTE Pro lead - he is still latched onto the back of the Ferrari that just passed him
08:05
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The Signatech Alpine has made its way back to the pit lane under its own power... just not a lot of it. Into the garage it goes
08:04
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The #2 Audi pits from third place - Fassler will stay in the car
08:03
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It has already ceded a place to the #46 TDS Ligier and is down to third
08:02
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The Signatech Alpine, which was running 2nd in the LMP2 class, is reported to be slow on track
08:01
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Bruni takes the lead of the GTE Pro class for the #51 AF Corse Ferrari team, Senna unable to match it under braking
08:00
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Senna is defending hard from a much faster Bruni - it is hard to believe these guys have been racing for 18 hours!
07:57
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In fact, Bruni is flying and is already on the back of the Aston Martin - this GT Pro lead battle has been raging for a fulll 18 hours now!
07:50
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Gimmi Bruni is now in the #51 Ferrarii and is working hard to try and close the six second gap to the leading Aston Martin in front
07:48
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Webber pits the #20 Porsche, allowing Gene to go a lap up again
07:43
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The GT Pro leading Aston Martin has pitted too, with Bruno Senna now at the wheel
07:42
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The #1 Audi takes to the pit lane, allowing Webber to un-lap himself
07:36
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Spurred on by passing Webber down the home straight, Gene pops in the #1 Audi's best first sector of the race
07:35
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Gene laps Webber, which means the #1 Audi now has a lap advantage over second place
07:32
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It's a measure of how quickly this race can change that the #1 Audi was outside the top three and two laps down fairly early on in this race... with just under 6 and a half hours remaining, it is leading comfortably
07:29
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Aston Martin leads GTE Pro once again, Mucke lapping comfortably faster than Fisichella in the #51 Ferrari. Looks like the win will be between these two as the #92 Porsche in third is two laps behind
07:28
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The #33 OAK Team Asia Ligier pops in its fastest lap of the race with Ho-Pin Tung at the wheel
07:27
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Audi may have this one in the bag so long as they can keep out of trouble... they are much faster than Webber currently between them
07:12
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Oh dear, it seems the Prospeed team were so preoccupied with getting the door back on, they didn't fix the rear wheel on properly... Looks like it is retirement for the three-wheeled Prospeed Porsche
07:07
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Unusual problems for the #85 Prospeec Porsche GT... the door has come off!
07:06
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Fassler stops the clock at 3mins 25.773secs... that is almost 10secs faster than the cars in front of him
07:06
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Meanwhile, Michel Frey shows his frustration as he gets stuck behind two GT cars - the Swiss driver is trying to make up ground following his early stop-go for speeding
06:59
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Fassler really is pushing! He has just set the fastest first sector of the race so far...
06:58
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Webber pits the #20 Porsche from second place
06:57
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That was close! Fassler almost runs into the back of a Ferrari as they thread through Indianapolis to Arnage... the Swiss driver is working hard to keep his #2 Audi in play following its delays
06:56
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Following Gene's pit-stop, the lead gap has come down to what remains a substantial 1min 45secs
06:53
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Interestingly though, both the #20 and #14 Porsche have only come in for 19 stops so far - less than its rivals
06:52
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It's worth pointing out that the #1 Audi and the #20 Porsche aren't quite in-sync with their pit-stops, making the true gap between them hard to judge
06:52
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In comes the #1 Audi for its 22nd stop of the race
06:51
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The safety car and slow zones haven't really worked in favour of Mark Webber - he is now 2min 42secs behind the race leading Audi
06:50
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Off we go again
06:48
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Vehicles are moving away from the Porsche Curves, suggesting we will be up and running again shortly
06:46
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Seems officials still aren't happy with that damaged guardrail down at Porsche Curves as a Slow Zone has been put in effect there once again
06:41
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Stop-go penalty for the #34 Race Performance Oreca for speeding in the pit lane - it is currently runnning fourth in the LMP2 class
06:38
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The #2 Audi is back out and running again. The safety car meant it was able to get back out without losing another lap
06:37
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The #70 Taisan Ferrari has out-braked itself into Indianapolis and slid in the gravel trap. Pierre Ehret was at the wheel
06:36
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Gene is wasting no time in attempting to build a lead on Webber, getting right off line to clear the gaggle of GT cars
06:36
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Aston Martin have retaken the lead of the GTE Pro class following the Ferrari pit stop, with Giancarlo Fisichella now chasing down Stefan Mucke
06:33
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Safety car in this lap
06:29
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It seems Audi hasn't gotten to the bottom of the turbo issues afflicting its formerly race-leading R18
06:28
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The #2 Audi is back in the pit lane... and back into the garage.
06:27
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The sole remaining #8 Toyota heads into the pit lane. Given its crash in the second hour of the race, Toyota may be pleased to see the car running fairly quickly in fourth now
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Incidentally, the SMP Ferrari had been on for a podium in the LM GTE Am class before its crash. The #95 Aston Martin, currently driven by Kristian Poulsen, remains in the lead
06:25
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It's a busy track of marshals out there as barriers are repaired, bollards are reinstalled and gravel is swept away
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In GTE Pro, the #51 Ferrari of Vilander leads the #97 Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke by over a minute
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In LMP2, the #35 OAK Ligier maintains the lead, with the Signatech Alpine in second and the TDS Ligier in third
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The #2 Audi is third, two laps behind now, with the #8 Toyota and the #14 Porsche 8 and 10 laps off the lead respectively
06:22
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Time for a breather then! After all that, the #1 Audi leads this race for the first time, with the #20 Porsche in 2nd and on the same lap
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Interestingly, the slow zone remains in place on top of the safety car
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There is damage to the barrier at the Porsche Curves
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The safety car is now out, suggesting bigger issues down at the Porsche Curves
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Having been 3 laps up, the #2 Audi is now 2 laps behind
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The #2 Audi is back out after a 23mins pit-stop
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Still no word of when this safety zone is going to be lifted - there doesn't seem to be too much urgency down at the Porsche Curves where Shaiter dropped the Ferrari
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Bodywork is being placed back on the #2 Audi and looks as though it is being prepared to return to track... but there is still lots of frantic work going on
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What a story it would be if the #1 Audi went on to win this race? Even beyond Loic Duval's huge crash on Wednesday, it would be Kristensen's 10th Le Mans win, di Grassi would be the first Brazilian winner of Le Mans and Gene will be a winner after stepping into the car on Thursday
06:12
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We are still under slow zone conditions and Audi are still frantically trying to get the #2 Audi going again
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Webber in the #20 Porsche is about to take 2nd as well. Frustration setting in at Audi as they struggle to get the #2 Audi going again
06:07
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Across the line and Marc Gene takes the lead in the #1 Audi for the first time in this race... that record 10th win for Tom Kristensen suddenly looks more and more likely
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Gene is just one lap shy of taking the lead for the #1 Audi, but there is a slow zone in place due to the SMP Ferrari crash
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The #1 Audi and the #20 Porsche - racing with Marc Gene and Mark Webber - are split by 38secs
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The #2 Audi is STILL in the pit lane, reportedly with a turbo problem. The #1 Audi and the #20 Porsche are closing on the lead fast
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Meanwhile, the SMP Ferrari has suffered a big crash through the Porsche Curves, running wide at the first section and spinning high-speed backwards into the opposing barrier
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This is great news for the #1 Audi squad and the #20 Porsche, which are running on the same lap together and stand to really gain from these issues for the #2 Audi
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The mechanics are taking the bodywork off and looking carefully into the inner-workings of the car. This is potentially a race-defining moment for the #2 Audi, which has so far run faultlessly in this race.
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But it won't start and the car is wheeled back into the garage... the #2 Audi has a potentially serious issue here
05:59
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Out comes the #2 Audi once again
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Fassler waits patiently in the car as mechanics work over the car. With time in hand, it is possible Audi are being extra cautious
05:57
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The #2 Audi has three laps in hand, which is about 9mins...
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Mechanics pore over the car, the nose is off and it seems the race leading #2 Audi has a problem
05:56
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The #2 Audi is being wheeled back into the garage!
05:55
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The race leading #2 Audi has pulled into the pit lane... Marcel Fassler can afford to take things pretty easy
05:54
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The #14 Porsche is in the pits, no dramas for the car despite its earlier off in the hands of Marc Lieb
05:51
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Gene takes over the #1 Audi and continues to lead Webber who has also just been in the pits
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The fight for third in LMP2 is turning in to a good one too. Badey in the Thiriet Ligier 8.7s off the second-placed Panciatici's Signathech Alpine
05:44
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Is the GTE PRO class going to ignite again? Vilander in the #51 Ferrari leads the #97 Aston Martin of Mucke by 25s.
05:40
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Brundle pits from the lead of the LMP2 class, he was a lap clear according to the timing screen
05:35
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Correction, It's not Shulzitskhoy who is in the OAK car as Brundle continues to circulate and retains a comfortable lead
05:29
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Brundle pits the #35 Oak Racing Ferrari from the lead of the LMP2 class, with Mark Shulzhitskoy taking over
05:26
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Webber yet to drop under 3m30s in this stint so far and it's ensuring di Grassi edges away from him, with the gap now 34 seconds
05:23
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Davidson is the fastest man on track at the moment and two seconds faster than the rest, albeit unable to make hay as he's 11 laps off the lead.
05:20
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Di Grassi quickly pulling away from Webber and it's Audi one-two now. The only remaining Toyota is in fourth place overall with Anthony Davidson at the wheel
05:18
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Michelin tyres really struggling on this track as the #90 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari pulls in to the pits with a left rear puncture - we've seen a lot of those so far
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Treluyer brings in the #2 Audi from the lead and hands it over to Fassler. Second now is di Grassi after Webber took over the #20 Porsche with the gap between those two standing at 22s
05:12
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After Lieb's off in the #14 Porsche he has handed over to Dumas. They're 13 laps off the lead
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Webber takes over the #20 Porsche from Brendon Hartley
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Leib has gone off in the #14 Porsche, outbraking himself in to Indianapolis
04:56
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Di Grassi is lapping five seconds a lap quicker than Hartley in the battle for second place and the gap is now less than 40s
04:45
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Debris at the start of Porsche Curves has led to a slow zone
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Di Grassi in the #1 Audi now less than 50s behind Hartley in second place in the lead Porsche
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Toyota reveals it was "an electrical problem with the wiring loom" which stopped Nakajima
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Lieb is very quick at the moment in the #14 Porsche in fifth place, lapping five seconds quicker than the leaders. He's 11 laps down though
04:34
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The P2 battle is starting to heat up as the #1 Audi is now exactly a minute behind the #20 Porsche and four seconds a lap quicker than Hartley who may have to stop soon
04:32
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After all the fun in the LMP1 fight, Mardenborough now leads by 1m43s in LMP2 and looks to have found a really good rhythm. Turner still leads GTE PRO in the #97 Aston and Thiim leads GTE AM in the #95 Aston
04:28
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Treluyer pits the #2 Audi and rejoins right behind the #1 car albeit three laps ahead. Two laps now the gap to Hartley in the #20 Porsche
04:25
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Webber smiling and laughing in the Porsche garage, with the #20 car in second place now after the #7 Toyota's retirement. Impressive from Porsche with two cars in the top four once Lieb completes enough laps to pass Nakajima
04:22
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The reaction in the Toyota garage definitely suggests it's race over whatever has happened to Nakajima in the #7 car
04:20
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Stops for both Hartley and di Grassi while Treluyer now has a relatively comfortable lead of three laps. Nakajima's issue shows just how quickly things can change though
04:14
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Dawn is starting to break over Le Mans now, with the sky brightening in one direction (looks like it will be a beautiful sunrise too) but we're yet to see Nakajima anywhere on track and it's looking more and more like a retirement
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STILL no word from the Toyota but it's now down to fourth place. Hartley in the #20 Porsche is up to second and three laps off the lead...
04:07
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No sign of Nakajima now - Audi on the radio to Treluyer said the car was on fire...
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Nakajima has stopped! The lead Toyota is at Arnage ... Treluyer leads in the #2 Audi
03:57
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Davidson in the #8 Toyota catching Lieb in the #14 Porsche for fifth place, with the two cars separated by just 17s
03:47
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The gap at the front is still coming down as the #2 Audi is now just 1m28s behind the #7 Toyota. Or 88s after almost 14 hours of racing.
03:45
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A very impressive job from Mardenborough in the #35 Oak Racing Ligier who has a lead of 1m12s over Webb in the #36 Alpine at the head of the LMP2 class
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Sarrazin comes in and hands over to Nakajima. A solid stop as Treluyer stops in the #2 Audi too. It will be interesting to see how that gap plays out
03:36
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Nakajima preparing to take over from Sarrazin. This stop will take longer than the Audi's will with Treluyer already having swapped seats with Lotterer. The 2min gap should close
03:31
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And Turner is through! On board with Fisichella shows an Aston Martin ahead
03:31
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Turner is all over the back of Fisichella in the fight for the GTE PRO lead now, with the gap just 0.3s. Looks like a matter of time...
03:29
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Brake issues at Porsche and Hartley brings the #20 car in to the pits from third place
03:27
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Let battle recommence in the GTE PRO class as Turner in the #97 Aston closes the gap to 3s to Fisichella in the class-leading #51 Ferrari
03:23
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Westbrook with a brief stay in the garage in the #74 Corvette which was running third in the GTE PRO class
03:21
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Apologies for the silence, it appears laptops get tired too! Treluyer continues to lap two seconds a lap quicker than Sarrazin
03:09
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Treluyer is quicker than Sarrazin in the #7 Toyota at the moment, but the driver change at Audi has left him 2m behind
02:54
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In comes Sarrazin and he takes on a new nose before heading back out in the #7 Toyota in the lead
02:51
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Lieb has made it back to the garage and Porsche goes to work while Lotterer hands over the #2 Audi to Treluyer
02:48
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Cracking job from Senna who is now over 1m clear of the #74 Corvette as he continues to lead the GTE PRO class
02:47
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Very painful for Lieb who is still only halfway through the final sector and running very slowly
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Lieb radios in saying it's a fuel pressure problem which he is suffering from
02:44
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Trouble at Porsche as the #14 limps back towards the pits. Lieb at the wheel and with five laps over Buemi in the #8 Toyota
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Now the #1 Audi is in for a set of new boots and some fuel. Di Grassi heads back out after a short stop having been 3m04s behind Bernhard in the #20 Porsche in the final podium position
02:40
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Bernhard immediately giving feedback to the Porsche hierarchy. Don't forget the 919 is still a new car that Porsche is learning about with every race
02:38
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In to the pits comes the #20 Porsche from third place, with Brendon Hartley jumping in the car as Timo Bernhard climbs out
02:34
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Lotterer continuing to catch Sarrazin for in the lead Toyota, the gap between the two now just 1m33s
02:31
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The on-track battle for GTE PRO honours has gone a bit quiet, with Senna in the #97 Aston Martin 20s clear of Fisichella in the #51 Ferrari, although Fisichella just set a personal best and took over three seconds out of Senna
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In comes the #8 Toyota with Buemi remaining in the car as he receives some more fuel and heads back out in a relatively lonely sixth place overall, six laps behind the #14 Porsche in fifth
02:26
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Lotterer continuing to lap more quickly than Sarrazin in the race-leading #7 Toyota and the gap is now 1m36s
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That's right, a full pit stop, driver change and fuel injector change and the #1 Audi car is running at full pace again after just over five minutes...
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Di Grassi is straight on to the pace in the #1 Audi. In fact, he's the quickest car out there right now as he hunts down the #20 Porsche in third place
02:19
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The gap at the front is coming down slowly, with Lotterer now within 1m40s of Sarrazin and 1.3s quicker on the last lap
02:16
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Di Grassi brings the #1 Audi back out on track but it is down to fourth place and Lieb in the second Porsche is within two laps if any more trouble hits...
02:09
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Apologies, the #20 Porsche passed the #1 Audi on track but was still a few laps down. Now Benhard comes past the pits to take over the last podium position while work continues in the Audi garage
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The #2 Audi also pits and Treluyer takes over from Lotterer in the second-placed car. Sarrazin leads by 1m55s as we pass the halfway mark
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The #1 Audi is wheeled in to the garage and di Grassi jumps in to replace Kristensen while the mechanics go to work
02:02
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What did I say about the impressive recover for the #1 Audi? Bernhard about to take third place from Kristensen... and that's it. The #20 Porsche up to third
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Kristensen is in trouble in the #1 Audi! Going very slowly on the Mulsanne straight, he's going through 'power cycles' to try and fix the issue
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Senna pits the lead #97 Aston Martin in the GTE PRO class, while the #1 Audi appears to be going slowly out on track...
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Now Milner pits the #74 Corvette and hands over to Westbrook but Ferrari has got the undercut and Fisichella is ahead! That's P2 in the GTE PRO class for the #51 car
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The #1 Audi is now 1m08s behind the #2 Audi which is a very good recovery effort following Duval's crash and the rebuild job. The top three all on the same lap after very nearly 12 hours of racing
01:49
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As we near the half-way point in this race, the lead Toyota has now completed 184 laps and is 2mins ahead of the #2 Audi
01:44
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Having fallen away in his battle with Milner, Vilander pits the #51 Ferrari from third in the class. He is handing over to Giancarlo Fisichella
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The LM GTE Pro fight continues, with Milner busy keeping Vilander behind him, while Senna extends his lead to 12secs further up the road
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The top three are all lapping at roughly the same pace as they settle into the darkness... the light should start returning in this part of the world around 4.30am
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Nicolas Prost is back out in the #12 Rebellion, but is down to 12th overall now
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The #12 Rebellion is in the pit-lane again and seems to have been there for a little while... the car has made 20 pit stops so far!
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Corvette's Milner has slipped behind Senna's Aston Martin in the fight for the GTE Pro lead and is now fending off Vilander in the AF Corse Ferrari again
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It's running 13 laps down on the LMP2 leader, but the #27 SMP Oreca is set to lose more time after being handed a 45secs stop-go for speeding in the pit lane
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The #14 Porsche is in the pit lane, with Marc Lieb taking over from Neel Jani
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It's not quite the fastest lap of the class in this race though - JOTA have gone an iota faster...
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Somewhat out of the blue, the LMP2 leading #35 OAK Ligier has just put in its fastest lap of the race, courtesy of Alex Brundle
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Sarrazin is in the car now in place of Wurz
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As it has done almost the entire race, the #7 Toyota responds by coming straight in after its closest (but still very distant) rival
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The #2 Audi comes in for its 14th stop as well now. Lotterer stays in the car
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The #1 Audi pits to take its 14th stop of the race so far
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Yes he does, Senna keeps Aston Martin ahead, with Milner losing a few seconds to his rival in the pit-stop shuffle
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Senna pits from the LM GTE Pro lead... can he get out in front of the Corvette?
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The #8 car is back out after a bit of tinkering the side of the car
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Problems for the #8 Toyota, it is back in the pit lane, the door pops open and it is wheeled into the garage
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The #12 Rebellion has made it back on track, but is now 13 laps off the lead
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The #2 Audi is now almost 2mins 30secs behind the lead
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Slow lap for Lotterer there, nine seconds behind the race-leading Toyota.
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The retirements are: #0 Nissan ZEOD, #37 SMP Morgan, #81 AF Ferrari, #3 Audi, #71 AF Ferrari, #41 Greaves Zytek, #13 Rebellion, #48 Murphy Oreca, #47 KCMG Oreca, #60 AF Ferrari and #26 G-Drive Morgan
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43 cars are still running in this race, with 11 confirmed retirements
00:36
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Following Nicolas Lapierre's' stint, Sebastien Buemi is now in the #8 Toyota
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The Rebellion's stint in the pit lane has allowed the leading LMP2 of Alex Brundle's #35 OAK Ligier up into a new peak of seventh place
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The #91 Porsche, meanwhile, is still in the pit lane and is now 22 laps off the GTE Pro lead
00:34
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Following its earlier smoky moment, the #98 Aston Martin of Pedro Lamy is back on track, but hopes of getting back into the GTE Am victory fight seem slim now
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Wurz remains in the car and heads out for another stint after another sub-minute pit-stop
00:32
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Wurz pits the race leading #7 Toyota, while Jani has also brought the #14 Porsche in
00:31
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The #2 Audi pits for its 13th stop of the race
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Heidfeld pits the #12 Rebellion and it is swiftly wheeled into the garage. This will allow Nicolas Lapierre to move into sixth place in the #8 Toyota
00:29
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Senna is still leading GTE Pro, less than a second ahead of Milner in the Corvette. Vilander has slipped back and is now 5secs off the lead
00:27
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If you were wondering, Alex Wurz has the fastest lap of the race - a 3m 23.122secs time, set on lap four
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It means nothing to the results, but Nicolas Lapierre in the recovering #8 Toyota has the minor satisfaction of taking back a lap on the #1 Audi as it gets back up to speed
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The #1 Audi pits and is on its way again, Kristensen still at the wheel
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Up at the front, Wurz is now more than two minutes ahead of Lotterer
00:22
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Somewhat against the run of play, Ho-Pin Tung is the fastest LMP2 driver out there at the moment in the Oak Team Asia Ligier, albeit eighth in class
00:20
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Yawns and lazy stretches are beginning to become apparent, both in the pit lane and here in the media centre... it's remarkable to think we are not even half way yet!
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The #20 Porsche is in and out of the pit lane in a flash. It is circulating a fairly lonely fourth at the moment
00:16
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Having been watching the cars out on track earlier this week, that Corvette is something to behold. It is the only car that makes the ground rumble each time it goes past!
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Great racing from the GTE Pro class - Aston Martin, Corvette and Ferrari... nothing between them!
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Vilander is crawling over the back of the Aston Martin, but despite pulling alongside down Mulsanne, Senna holds firm, which in turn allows Milner to pass into second
00:09
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For no discernible reason, the #43 Morand Morgan has just put in its fastest lap of the race in the hands of Gary Hirsch
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The top three in the GTE Pro class are almost line astern as if they had just started racing, not been at it for more than 10 hours now... a true measure of just how competitive this class is!
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The stewards have been busy this hour! Rebellion is the latest to feel its wrath having been handed a stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane
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Bruno Senna takes over the GT Pro-leading Aston Martin, coming out 'just' in front of the #51 Ferrari, which has been flying in the hands of Toni Vilander, while Tom Milner in the Corvette is just three seconds further back
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The #46 TDS Ligier is in the pit lane to serve its penalty and comes out now fourth in class, having just remained on the lead lap of the LMP2 class. The Race Performance Oreca is back up to third.
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The #91 Porsche is back into the pit lane and being wheeled into the garage... looks like another long stint off-track for the car
23:53
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Oh dear, bad news for the #46 TDS Ligier, currently running third in the LMP2 class - it has been given a penalty for speeding in the pit lane. A 35secs stop-go has been issued, which will put it off the lead lap
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It's a fast stop too - less than a minute compared to Audi's 1min 25secs stop -, but Wurz has stayed in the car
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Following suit, the leading #7 Toyota pits from the lead
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Andre Lotterer is back in the car and is on his way
23:44
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The #2 Audi comes into the pit lane from second place, having slipped 1min 55secs off the leading #7 Toyota
23:42
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In fact, all three brand-new Ligier JS' haven't missed a beat, which is an encouraging sign for the French manufacturer as it works its way back into sportscar racing
23:41
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It's been off the track today, but the OAK Team Asia Ligier is still going fairly strong, eighth in class
23:41
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It means the all-Danish #95 Aston Martin looks set to take the lead in class, a lap ahead of the #72 SMP Ferrari in third
23:40
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Drama down at Aston Martin, the LM GTE Am leading Vantage has pulled into the pit lane with smoke pouring from the engine. The car is wheeled into the garage as team members pore over the engine bay
23:39
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And just as I say that, he has blasted past Jann Mardenborough to move into 7th overall. Next up, the #12 Rebellion, a lap up the road
23:38
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Lapierre is in eighth now and almost on top of the leading LMP2 car, which means we will have 7 LMP1 cars inside the top seven again
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Audi are debuting all-new 'laser' lights this year to help its drivers see further in the dark. It's pioneering stuff and they look great on track, though interestingly the high intensity means they always appear to be flickering when viewed on a TV screen
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Marc Gene pits the #1 Audi from third position and Kristensen takes over
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If you want to try this ride, you'll have to bring your own chair... Tom Kristensen waits for the #1 Audi to enter the pit lane with his specially moulded seat in hand
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The problem for the #91 Porsche GT, meanwhile, was a fuel pressure issue - it was in the pits for 41mins!
23:32
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Lapierre brings the #8 Toyota back into the top ten. The Frenchman is battling with balance issues on the TS040 Hybrid, a legacy of its earlier crash most likely
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Webber is out of the car - and gesticulating fairly furiously about something -, as Bernhard gets in the car
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The #20 Porsche of Mark Webber enters the pits
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The yellows are out at Michelin once again, not we aren't sure why as yet
23:20
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Though it is well represented here with 17 entries, the LMP2 class has been pretty thin in FIA WEC this season, with most of these entries coming from European LMS. Just four compete in WEC LMP2 full-time, but three of them are already out and the fourth - the #27 SMP machine - is 12 laps off the class lead. However, the team is still set to score points for its WEC campaign, unlike its rivals, if it keeps going
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Lapierre in the #8 Toyota is now on the same lap as the three LMP2 cars ahead of him and lapping around 10secs quicker, so should be up into the overall top ten shortly
23:17
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The #91 Porsche is finally back out on track after a very long stay in the it lane that has all-but-scuppered its hopes of winnning the GTE Pro class
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After that round of pit-stops, Wurz in the #7 Toyota has increased his lead at the front. The Austrian is now circulating 1min 45secs ahead of Marcel Fassler in the #2 Audi. Genne in the #1 Audi is around 3mins out of contention
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The Signatech Alpine has pitted from second in the LMP2 class, promoting the #34 Race Performance Oreca and the #46 TDS Ligier into the top three
23:10
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There are a couple of English drivers out there that are missing the England game - Jann Mardenborough and Oliver Turvey will have to watch the highlights
23:08
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The #91 Porsche is still in the pit lane. Patrick Pilet has refused to move and remains poised to get out again... trouble is, he has already been there for a good 30mins now and seems to be going nowhere quickly
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Jani also pitted the #14 Porsche
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The leading #7 follows suit and pits on the hour
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The #2 Audi is in the pit-lane for fuel
22:58
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Top LMP2 contender, the #35 OAK Ligier pits and leaves with its lead intact
22:54
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It's certainty not been a race of attrition. As we head into the tenth hour, just eight of the 54 starters are classified as retired so far
22:52
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Meanwhile in GTE Pro, Aston Martin leads again with Stefan Mucke at the wheel, five seconds ahead of Oliver Gavin in the Corvette and the close-following Ferrari of Gimmi Bruni
22:51
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Change of plan, Marc Gene stays in the car... and promptly runs off at Forza. No harm done, just a couple of dropped seconds
22:49
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The #1 Audi pits from third place. Good effort by late stand-in Marc Gene, the Spaniard one the pace of the leaders throughout his stint.
22:48
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Penalty for the #77 Proton Dempsey Porsche after spinning its wheels in the pit lane... it's a harsh one too, 3min stop-go penalty!
22:47
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There has been a yellow flag at Michelin for some time, but it hasn't been communicated as to why. However, Olivier Pla in the #14 G-Drive Morgan has apparently 'stopped' on track, so we're putting two and two together...
22:46
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There appears to be issues for the #91 factory Porsche GT, which has been in the pit lane for some time now
22:44
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Looks like Audi is getting ready to bring the #1 Audi in, with Tom Kristensen suited, booted and raring to go
22:43
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Webber brings the #20 Porsche in for another pit-stop, its tenth of the race
22:42
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Marcel Fassler has just had a slow lap in the #2 Audi, dropping 8secs to the leading Toyota in one lap alone. Wurz is now circulating more than 1min 30secs ahead
22:40
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Emmanuel Collard must have eaten his carrots, because he is apparently on track driving without headlights on... not sure how he hasn't noticed yet!
22:39
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Jani in the #14 Porsche has just had another straight-on moment at Arnage... the third one for Porsche in the last couple of hours after Hartley and Webber in the #20 car. Jani was complaining of brake problems...
22:36
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Good conditions out there for the LMP2 cars it seems, three of them have just posted their fastest laps of the race, including the class-leading #35 car of Jann Mardenborough
22:29
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GTE Pro remains nice and close though, with the #74 Corvette, #97 Aston Martin and #51 Ferrari split by just 7 seconds
22:29
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Speaking of LMP2, Jann Mardenborough continues to lead the category in the OAK Ligier, comfortably ahead of the sister TDS Ligier, currently being driven by Tristan Gommendy
22:28
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More bad news for the Murphy Oreca - Berthon is off towards the end of the lap. It was running several laps down after Karun Chandhok spun off in the earlier rain
22:26
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The #12 Rebellion is wheeled back out and is set to resume the race having maintained sixth place
22:23
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It is fairly chilly out there as we head into the eighth hour of the race. With midnight looming, the race has settled into a nice rhythm
22:19
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It appears to be missing a front left wheel. Nick Heidfeld was in the car at the time and it had gone a long way into this race without any problems, so kudos to the privateer Swiss team
22:18
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The #12 Rebellion is slow and has entered the pits
22:15
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Nakajima pits the lead car and Wurz - who drove the first stint - jumps in the #7 Toyota, gets a new set of tyres and heads back out
22:13
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Fassler pits from second place in the #2 Audi, while the #14 Porsche is still six laps off the lead but now ahead of the #12 Rebellion - the private LMP1 entry having just been taken over by Nick Heidfeld who appears to be running slowly
22:12
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Webber has had an off in the #20 Porsche as he runs wide at Arnage, similar to the incident that cost Hartley about two minutes the lap before he handed over to Webber
22:11
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It's unclear what the cause of this stoppage is but the #8 crew are looking underneath the car. Mardenborough now up to P7 overall as he enjoys a lead of almost two minutes in LMP2
22:09
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Trouble at Toyota as Lapierre brings the #8 car back in to the garage and it's up on the jacks as work begins in the cockpit...
22:06
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Lapierre brings the #8 Toyota back ahead of the LMP2 cars and up to seventh overall. Four laps ahead of him, Dumas is about to pass Beche in the #12 Rebellion for P5 overall - three seconds between them
22:04
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Gene brings the #1 Audi in from third place. He was lapping two seconds a lap quicker than Fassler in the #2 Audi before pitting
21:57
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Webber pits for more fuel in the #20 Porsche and he's passed by two cars as he rejoins on cold tyres
21:47
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And in GTE AM the class-leading #98 Aston being driven by Dalla Lana has gone off at Arnage. Doesn't look to have sustained damage but he's lost a chunk of time there with Thiim in the #95 Aston within a lap
21:44
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Problems for the #73 Corvette in the pits and Magnussen takes over but is now a lap down on the GTE PRO leaders
21:42
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Looks like Davidson had a slow puncture in the #8 Toyota and he pits early again to hand over to Lapierre
21:40
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Gene doing an impressive job as he is lapping a second per lap quicker than Fassler ahead in the other remaining Audi. They're both chasing Nakajima, but having two cars within a lap of the lead is a decent position for Audi strategically to attack the only Toyota in the picture for now
21:37
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Darkness has fallen over the circuit now and the headlights are taking full effect - a wall of light heading down the Mulsanne when viewed from head on
21:32
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Dumas in the #14 Porsche complaining of braking issues, while Davidson pits the #8 Toyota and drops behind Mardenborough in the #35 Ligier again
21:29
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That's timing - Nakajima doesn't open up a bigger lead as he pits too. The top three cars - #7 Toyota, #2 Audi and #1 Audi - all have made nine stops now. Just eight for Webber in fourth
21:27
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Nakajima's lead is creeping up towards two minutes again and is about to become much bigger as Fassler pits the #2 Audi from second place
21:24
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Davidson now has moved up to seventh overall in the #8 Toyota ahead of Mardenborough who leads the LMP2 class by 45s in the #35 Oak Racing Ligier
21:23
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Turner and Fisichella scrapping over the lead of the GTE PRO class and it's Turner in the #97 Aston who retakes the place
21:22
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A quick mention of the GTE AM class, where Astons run one and two with Dalla Lana in the #98 car leading Thiim in the #95
21:19
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Dumas in the #14 Porsche is now around a minute behind the #12 Rebellion in the battle for fifth overall. Davidson is about to become the car behind them in the #8 Toyota but three laps adrift
21:18
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After that impressive lap, Gene brings Audi #1 in to the pits from third place. He should be able to hold station though, with Webber the best part of a lap down
21:16
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Gene with a 3m24s lap - he's the fastest man on track now and two seconds faster than the leading two
21:12
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Davidson doing a good job of hauling the #8 Toyota back up in to the top ten as he now runs ninth with just two LMP2 cars ahead of him, both within 40 seconds. He should get both in the next five laps
21:09
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Webber brings the #20 Porsche in from fourth place for fuel, getting held up by the #91 Porsche 911 in the process as he has to wait to dive in to the pits
21:06
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In LMP2, Mardenborough has just completed the #35 Ligier's fastest lap of the race and that sees him move above the #36 Alpine and in to the lead as Webb pits the Signatech Alpine
20:58
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Turner outbrakes Westbrook in to the first chicane and he has the lead of the GTE PRO class
20:56
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The GTE PRO battle has started, with Westbrook leading the class in the #74 Corvette but having to hold off Turner in the #97 Aston and Fisichella in the #51 Ferrari
20:53
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A replay of Imperatori's off seems to show a right rear suspension failure causing the crash and resulting in the car spinning out of control
20:50
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Nakajima now has a 2m53s lead in the #8 Toyota after Fassler took over the #2 Audi, while Nakajima is also a lap clear of Gene in the third-placed #1 Audi. Webber 2m13s back
20:46
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Safety car in this lap, and there's going to be some great racing in the GTE PRO class as the top three are running line astern
20:42
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We're still behind the safety car as the sun continues to set. We're closing in on 10pm local time and the headlights will soon take over.
20:36
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Looks like game over for Imperatori and the KCMG as the #47 Oreca's front wheels are not pointing in the same direction and he's wheeled back behind the wall and in to retirement
20:35
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A busy pit lane as teams take advantage of the safety car period. Nakajima brings the #7 Toyota in from the lead, while Fassler takes over the second-placed #2 Audi
20:32
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Safety car is out. Imperatori has gone off in the #47 KCMG Oreca having spun at high speed in the final sector and knocked the front off his car
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It will be interesting to see Gene's race pace having been a late replacement for Duval after the huge crash on Wednesday in practice. Gene is the team's reserve driver but hasn't had much seat time in the R18 E-Tron Quattro this week
20:26
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Webber easing himself in to this stint - he's lapping six seconds slower than Nakajima in the lead Toyota and is the slowest LMP1 car on track at the moment
20:23
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Driver change time in the #1 Audi as di Grassi brings it in from third place and Gene - replacing the injured Duval - jumps in
20:22
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Bleekemolen brings the #79 Porsche 911 back to the pits and it has a lot of damage to the left rear corner as a result of that puncture with the rubber flailing. A small exhaust fire needs extinguishing too
20:20
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These are Webber's first racing laps at Le Mans since 1999. Hartley confirms he just locked up and made an error at Arnage
20:15
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The #20 Porsche lost just under two minutes with that off at Arnage. We've got another puncture for a 911 too - the left rear has gone on the #79 car which Bleekemolen is driving
20:11
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Hartley returns the #20 car to the pits and hands over to Webber for the next stint. The Porsche has gone a lap down on the #7 Toyota and #2 Audi now
20:09
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Hartley is off! The #20 Porsche has gone straight on at Arnage and he's struggling to get the car moving again. It doesn't look like he's able to get away easily and needs the marshals to help turn him round before he heads on his way again
20:06
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The #27 SMP Oreca - which had been running down in 45th place overall - has been rolled back in to the garage for some more work.
20:05
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The #61 Ferrari of Venturi takes a trip through the gravel at Arnage but gets back out again relatively quickly
19:56
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Nakajima's lead is down to 38s after the drive change in the lead #7 Toyota, with Treluyer closing him down. Davidson immediately running very quickly in the #8 car as he rises up to 16th place overall.
19:49
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Sarrazin brings in the #7 Toyota from the lead and Nakajima takes over the car. Treluyer's stop was much quicker as there was no driver change, so the lead will have been cut. Dumas has also taken over from Lieb in the #14 Porsche
19:47
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Treluyer had cut the gap to Sarrazin from over a minute to 55s before pitting the #2 Audi, while Buemi brings in the #8 Toyota and hands over to Davidson
19:42
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Leimer has brought the #13 Rebellion in to the garage due to engine issues and that's going to drop down the order
19:39
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Di Grassi in for the #1 Audi's seventh stop of the race and he drops behind Hartley by around 20s
19:35
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Keeping an eye on the GTE PRO class and Senna is now 27s behind the class-leading #74 Corvette being driven by Westbrook
19:33
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Error from Brandela in the #43 Newblood by Morand Morgan as he tries to pass a host of GTE cars in to Arnage and drops it under braking, sliding across the track and slowing the car before it brushes the barrier. He's back on his way.
19:30
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Quite a slow lap from Hartley and the #20 Porsche has now dropped 2m40s off the lead
19:29
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Lancaster takes over the #34 Race Performance Oreca from Frey at the latest stop, allowing the #35 Ligier back in to the lead of that class
19:25
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The low sun starting to become an issue as Sarrazin in the lead #7 Toyota attempts to put another lap on the #14 Porsche
19:20
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A spin for the #61 Ferrari with Venturi at the wheel at Anarge, while Hartley brings the #20 Porsche in for fuel
19:17
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A driver change in the LMP2 class-leading #35 Oak Racing Ligier as Shulzhitskiy takes over from Brundle
19:16
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Buemi is still eight laps off the lead in the #8 Toyota after the earlier crash for Lapierre in the wet but he's moving through the field and up to 18th place now having cleared all the GTE PRO and AM cars
19:11
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Senna in the #97 Aston Martin pits from second in class at the same time as leader Westbrook in the  #74 Corvette. The two cars were 55s apart
19:09
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Lieb in the #14 Porsche is back up to sixth overall, but he's two laps behind the #13 Rebellion in fifth and five laps off the lead
18:56
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Sarrazin leads by 50s now, while di Grassi has pit for a sixth time and dropped back to fourth place. Brundle has a 17s lead for the #35 Oak Racing Ligier now at the front of the LMP2 class
18:48
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Di Grassi in the #1 Audi takes over third place from Hartley in the #20 Porsche across the finish line. Both cars lapping a few seconds slower than the lead #7 Toyota and #2 Audi
18:46
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Senna up to third in class as he passes the #92 Porsche on the pit straight. The #51 Ferrari in second place is ten seconds up the road
18:42
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The two Porsche's and Senna in the Aston Martin scrapping over third in the GTE PRO class. Senna's #97 Aston has already passed the #91 Porsche and now looking to pass the #92
18:40
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It wasn't the quickest stop in the world for Hartley and the #20 Porsche is just seven seconds clear of Di Grassi in the #1 Audi
18:36
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Hartley brings the #20 Porsche in for its fifth stop. He was 10s off the lead before that stop, but now he's back down to third place
18:31
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Close fight for second place in GTE PRO, with four cars covered be less than 10s: Vilander in the #51 Ferrari, Holzer in the #92 Porsche, Bergmeister in the #91 Porsche and Senna in the #97 Aston. Milner leads the class in the #74 Corvette, some 40s up the road
18:28
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Brundle in the #35 Oak Racing Ligier takes the LMP2 lead from Frey in the #34 Race Performance Oreca up the inside in to the first chicane, with Frey cutting it and having to go slowly through the staggered tyre barriers
18:26
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Four cars on the lead lap now - the #7 Toyota, #20 Porsche, #2 Audi and #1 Audi - with 1m35s between them. Hartley struggling with traffic and drops 7.9s behind the leader
18:21
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Parente has got the RAM Racing Ferrari back to the garage and the team will go to work on the #52 car
18:20
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In the battle for the lead of the LMP2 class, the #34 Race Performance Oreca leads the #35 Oak Racing Ligier by 3.9s
18:17
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Sarrazin pits the #7 Toyota from the lead and he retains the lead after a good stop. The gap between Sarrazin and Hartley in the #20 Porsche is less than ten seconds
18:14
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Treluyer pits from second place in the #2 Audi so Hartley will be back up to P2 now. Also a stop for the #8 Toyota which is in 36th place overall
18:12
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Parente has parked the #52 RAM Racing Ferrari on the verge by Anarge and is calling for a fire extinguisher with smoke leaking from the cockpit
18:11
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Pit stop for the #14 Porsche with Lieb at the wheel, running in tenth overall at present. He may have lost a place to the #43 Morgan but that car has just caused a yellow flag at the first chicane...
18:07
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A change of lead as there is also a stop for Hartley in the #20 Porsche, so the lead hands over to Sarrazin. Treluyer will take over second place as well
18:05
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The #1 Audi pits for a fifth time, with di Grassi staying at the wheel. He's in fourth place but had been lapping more quickly than the leaders
18:01
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Hartley's pace in the lead Porsche slower than those behind him right now and Sarrazin is 10.3 seconds off the lead in the #7 Toyota. The lead LMP2 battle should resume now after Frey pitted the Race Performance Oreca - Brundle had already stopped in the #35 Ligier for a fifth time
17:56
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Good effort by Rebellion - Prost has just set the #12 car's fastest lap of the race and it is still running a comfortable fifth having hit no issues so far. Decent performance for a car that only had its first proper run last month
17:54
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Timing screen glitch there... showed the Porsche as having pitted, but it is still out front. Gap down to 15secs though as Sarrazin picks up the pace
17:49
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The top three are lapping at a similar pace at the moment, #20 Porsche leading by around 20secs, with the #2 Audi 53secs back
17:36
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Not for long! Corvette blasts into the lead of LM GTE Pro
17:36
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Little help for a brother? Bergmeister gets baulked by a fellow Porsche driver but does just enough to keep the Corvette behind... for the time being
17:35
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The GTE Pro battle between Porsche and Corvette evokes plenty of memories of years gone by, the two fierce rivals often locked in battle... good to see the new and very sexy C7 R on the pace
17:34
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You'd think we are in a sprint race given how close the LMP2 and GTE Pro classes are at the moment! Corvette's Milner is all over the back of Bergmeister's Porsche and Brundle isn't done with Frey yet either
17:32
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Patrick Long is driving the leading Porsche in LM GTE Am at the moment... good news for fans of Patrick Dempsey, the only driver here to have a bodyguard following him around
17:32
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Frey is back in front in LMP2 as well
17:31
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There isn't much in it for the GTE Pro lead though as Corvette's Tom Milner chases down Jorg Bergmeister in the Porsche
17:31
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Great race for Porsche at the moment! They lead LMP1, GTE Pro AND GTE Am
17:30
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Doesn't look like it. Hartley in the Porsche is the fastest driver on track at the moment and he duly sweeps into a good lead
17:29
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The #7 Toyota is back in the pit lane again... can it keep the lead?
17:28
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By the way, it was Brundle that prevailed and has taken the new Ligier JS chassis into the lead
17:28
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Big battle in LMP2 - the OAK Ligier of Alex Brundle and the Race Performance Oreca of Michel Frey are disputing the lead of the class... I would say they are door-to-door but only one of them actually has a door
17:27
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Interestingly, given Audi was expected to play itself into this race with superior fuel economy, its two remaining cars have stopped more than the leading Toyota and Porsche
17:26
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And just as I say that, the #2 Audi is in the pit lane for its fourth stop
17:25
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The gap at the front continues to come down - Treluyer is lapping around two secs a lap faster than countryman Sarrazin in front of him, while Hartley is 22secs further behind
17:24
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The other car involved in that clash - the Murphy Zytek - is still in the pits being repaired
17:24
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Six cars have now retired from this race - the GTE Pro #71 AF Corse Ferrari of Rigon/Kaffer/Beretta and the Greaves Zytek of Munemann/Latif/Winslow have joined the sidelines, the latter retiring after that crash during the second rainstorm
17:22
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Also, the #8 Toyota is circulating in 43rd overall but will need a small miracle if it is to get back into a victory challenge
17:21
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Creeping up the order slowly after its earlier technical issue, the #14 Porsche is now running 16th overall and Neel Jani has just pitted to hand over to Marc Lieb
17:20
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Incidentally, Treluyer is flying in the #2 Audi and has gotten the gap down to the leader to under a minute now having been 1min 10secs behind
17:19
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Brendon Hartley is now in the #20 Porsche, but has come out behind the #2 Audi again
17:18
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The #60 AF Corse Ferrari being driven by Lorenzo Case is also in the gravel trap at Indianapolis. Replays show he ran wide at the preceding corner, got onto the wet run-off and simply slid into the gravel trap at the next left-hander
17:17
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The #20 Porsche comes into the pit lane for its third stop, releasing the #7 Toyota of Sarrazin back into the lead
17:14
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The LMP2-leading Race Performance Oreca is in the pit lane for its fourth stop. It's an impressive race showing by the Swiss outfit given it barely features in practice and qualifying... for the time being, the Signatech Alpine has taken the lead now
17:11
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Further down the order, Aston Martin is having a mixed day - the #97 car is only fifth in the GTE Pro class, but the #98 Vantage has just taken the lead in the GTE Am class
17:10
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The #33 Ligier is on its way again
17:09
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That #20 Porsche is showing decent fuel economy as Timo Bernhard continues to lead, with Wurz five seconds behind in the #7 Toyota
17:08
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Shame for the all-Chinese line-up as they were running inside the top five at the time in the new closed-roof coupe
17:07
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Adderly Fong's OAK Racing Ligier is into the gravel trap at Indianapolis
16:57
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So as we near the end of the third hour, Porsche leads the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours...! just whisper that it is out-of-sync in terms of pit stops
16:56
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Nicolas Prost has also had an off in the #12 Rebellion, but has continued
16:56
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A couple of spins as he get back up to racing speed - the #42 Zytek and the #76 Porsche
16:52
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Kristensen in the #1 Audi, meanwhile, is 2mins 30secs down and running a lonely fourth
16:51
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Despite losing out to Porsche, the Toyota is still 1m 10secs ahead of the #2 Audi, which also pitted under the safety car
16:51
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Still pretty wet down that back end of the circuit, so the cars are tip-toeing their way round the track
16:50
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Stephane Sarrazin is now in the #7 Toyota
16:50
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As such, it is Timo Bernhard that now leads for Porsche, albeit with just 2 stops compared with its rivals' 3
16:50
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You know what, that was actually bad timing for the Toyota team as race control have allowed the field through before they let the #7 car on track again
16:49
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We are racing again!
16:47
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Good timing too... the safety car is in this lap
16:47
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The leading #7 Toyota is taking the opportunity to get into the pit lane and it seems we are having a driver change too
16:41
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It has stopped raining as well and the sun is trying peak through... still very wet on certain parts of the track
16:41
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It means Porsche are up to second place with Bernhard in the #20 919 Hybrid
16:41
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The #2 Audi is in the pit lane for its third stop of the race - Lotterer stays in the car
16:37
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GTE Am: #77 Proton Porsche, #53 Ram Ferrari, #98 Aston Martin, #67 IMSA Porsche, #95 Aston Martin
16:35
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GTE Pro: #91 Porsche, #74 Corvette, #92 Porsche, #51 Ferrari, #73 Corvette
16:35
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LMP2: #34 Race Performance Oreca, #36 Signatech Alpine, #35 G-Drive Ligier, #43 Morand Morgan, #46 TDS Ligier
16:34
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With 2hrs 30mins of the race completed, it's recap time... LMP1: #7 Toyota, #2 Audi, #20 Porsche, #1 Audi, #12 Rebellion
16:32
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The #8 Toyota has been fixed! It is heading back on track, albeit 8 laps down (though it would have been more without the safety cars...)
16:32
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Feeling sorry for the spectators out there - they don't know whether to wear shorts or a cagoule at the moment... giving a dry race was predicted up to the start of the race, it's been a shock to everyone here!
16:30
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Both are away again though. Big shame for Murphy - they were third in the LMP2 class with Karun Chandhok at the wheel
16:29
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Spoke too soon... The #48 Murphy Prototypes and #41 Greaves Zytek have collided and are in the barriers
16:29
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The safety car seems more of a precautionary than anything else - probably a wise move
16:28
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The #62 Ferrari of Howard Blank has spun into the middle of the track
16:27
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It is bucketing it down at the Tetre Rouge end... it is raining here too but is sunny too. Crazy weather today.
16:27
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It's a measure of just how long this track is that it is blazing sunshine here on the home straight, but it looks like a monsoon at the far end of the track
16:26
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Safety car
16:26
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Make that heavy rain...
16:26
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Don't look now... rain is being reported again
16:24
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Four retirements in this race so far: #3 Audi, #81 Ferrari, #37 SMP and #0 Nissan
16:23
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Though nowhere near the pace of the factory LMP1 cars, the problems for Porsche, Toyota and Audi have allowed Rebellion Racing up the order - they are now 5th overall, split by top LMP2 car, the Race Performance Oreca
16:17
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It is still pretty wet in certain parts of the circuit, incidentally, which may have caught out Matt Griffin, who has spun the Ram Ferrari into the gravel trap
16:16
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So good and bad news for Toyota coming as he get well into the second hour - Wurz in the #7 Toyota has a large lead, but the #8 car is still in the pit lane
16:16
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In fact, the multi-car safety caution means Lotterer is now 90secs behind the leader - Wurz gained a minute after all that
16:15
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Wurz crosses the line to start lap 32... he has a huge lead thanks to that safety car
16:13
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Green flag!
16:12
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We are almost back to racing speed, the safety car is in this lap
16:12
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Weather update (I wouldn't be British if I wasn't talking about the weather), it is pretty murky out there, but the rain has cleared... and it is still VERY warm
16:07
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Following its earlier spin in the rain, the KCMG Oreca is being pulled into its garage
16:06
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Just analysing replays, it is apparent Bonanomi may have been hit by Bird, with Lapierre having his own spin, possibly in avoidance of the slow Audi
16:05
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Into the second hour and we are still under safety car conditions
15:58
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As the end of the second hour approaches, just four of the seven leading LMP1 cars have reached this point without any problems... Only 22 hours to go!
15:49
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The sun is back out again. In fact it is dry on most parts of the circuit, but there is a stretch which is treacherously wet.
15:47
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Safety car is still out - there is a lot of debris on the track
15:47
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Lapierre is back in the pit lane, his Toyota team working hard to get it repaired and back out
15:46
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A new replay shows that Lapierre hit the back of Bonanomi, with Bird having nowhere to go but into the spinning cars in front
15:44
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It was Sam Bird's GTAm Ferrari that was involved in the crash with Lapierre and Bonanomi
15:43
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In GT, Oliver Gavin leads for Corvette, ahead of the #92 Porsche and the #91 Porsche
15:43
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In LMP2, Nelson Panciatici is leading for Signatech Alpine, from Franck Mailleux in the Race Performance Oreca
15:42
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Wurz in the #7 Toyota leads over Lotterer in the #2 Audi, with Bernhard in the #20 Porsche now up to third thanks to the drama in front of him
15:41
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With everyone under safety car conditions, now is probably a good time to do a recap of what is happening out there after that flurry of excitement
15:41
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Bonanomi is out of the car and into the recovery truck
15:40
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Has to be said, no-one was expecting it to rain today, but it has been notably humid here this week and the high winds today have seemingly blown in a storm
15:40
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Meanwhile, it is still raining but we are down to a drizzle
15:40
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Lapierre crawls around the circuit, sans front-nose
15:38
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Bonanomi looks visibly distraught as he sits alone in the Audi, door open
15:38
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Great news for Toyota, Lapierre is up and running again... but the car is heavily damaged
15:37
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Bonanomi is out of the car... is that the end of the race for him and the #3 Audi line-up?
15:36
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Also in the melee, the formerly leading KCMG Oreca has spun into the barriers, though it is up and running again
15:35
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It seems Bonanomi was slowing with the conditions and either Lapierre or the Ferrari hit the back of him in the spray
15:33
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It isn't clear what happened, but both cars are in the barriers and fairly heavily damaged
15:33
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Slick tyres, rapid wet track... accidents are inevitable, but that is potentially two of the favourites out after just 90mins!
15:32
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They collided! Lapierre and Bonanomi - a Ferrari is involved too
15:31
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Lapierre has reportedly gone off too
15:31
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Bonanomi, who was having a great race, has dropped it in the worsening conditions
15:31
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And it is because the #3 Audi has crashed!
15:30
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Safety car is out
15:30
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Still on slicks, the #7 Toyota goes straight on at Forza chicane, carries on
15:30
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It is POURING down here now... a real unexpected curve ball into the mix!
15:29
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It is raining pretty hard here on the pit straight... and the Caterham Zytek LMP2 has suffered a spin at Dunlop
15:28
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Not this time
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The #2 Audi is in again too... last time these two were in the pit lane, they almost crashed!
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Wurz brings the #7 Toyota into the pit lane for its second stop
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As ever, it seems damper in certain areas of the circuit... in fact, the sun is shining on the southern stretch
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As I said earlier, it is very humid today... seems that prediction of a dry race is out of the window!
15:26
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Having talked about the excellent weather all week, it has - apparently - begun raining on parts of the circuit
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Nearly each car that started are still running, save for the Nissan ZEOD RC. The team tried to get the car back to the pit lane, but they were disallowed. On the plus side, it gives Nissan an extra day to start preparing its 2015 Le Mans LMP1 comeback!
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The gap between 1st and 2nd has stabilised at around 35secs, Wurz still very much in control of this race... that said, the stewards may be about to ruin that
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In case you were wondering what happened to Jani in the #14 Porsche...
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The #3 Audi is in the pit lane, temporarily ending that great battle
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The perils of multi-class racing! We have LMP1, LMP2 and GT cars all tripping over each other down the Mulsanne straight!
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We are a bit out-of-sync in terms of pit stops, but Kristensen has just come in for the #1 Audi's second stop
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Not to be out-done, Lapierre is right back in the mix again too... nothing between 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the moment
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Lotterer and Bonanomi are still battling away... the #2 Audi of Lotterer is back in front again
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So here is a run down the leaders in each class after 1hr 10: LMP1: #7 Toyota. LMP2: #47 KCMG Oreca. GTEPro: #51 AF Corse Ferrari. LMGTE Pro: #81 AF Corse Ferrari
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Trouble brewing for Wurz? The #7 Toyota has been reported to stewards for an unsafe release... he could get a penalty if he (or rather, his team) is found guilty
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Bonanomi is upstaging his more experienced rivals - he has just moved the #3 Audi into second place, ahead of team-mate Lotterer
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1 hour down, 23 to go: Toyota leads, ahead of Audi, Audi, Toyota, Audi, Porsche
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Traffic has broken up the 2-3-4 battle, but Bonanomi has gotten ahead of Lapierre - so it's Audi running second and third now
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Cioci in the #61 AF Corse Ferrari has spun... he was tagged by the faster #35 Ligier of Mardenborough at Virage de Mulsanne
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Toyota is being investigated for unsafe release for the #7 car... that's the leader Wurz
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The #75 Porsche GT is slow with a puncture... and nearly catches out the feuding LMP1 cars!
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At the other end of the scale, it's been a bad start to the race for SMP, with both cars having spells in the pit lane. Mika Salo is on track again in the #27 car, but Nic Minassian is still in the pit lane in the #37 machine
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And Lotterer snatches it right back again! Only 23 hours to go...
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Lapierre pulls alongside down the straight and grabs second from Lotterer
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Meanwhile, it's getting a bit close for 2nd - Bonanomi has joined the three-way fight, the Audis sandwiching Lapierre in the Toyota
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Jani heads for his out-lap, but is now five laps off the lead
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And back again... Kristensen re-takes the position. I guess endurance racing doesn't see all that much wheel-to-wheel competition, so we'll Bernhard and Kristensen are probably enjoying a bit of close action whilst it lasts
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Whilst at the same time, the #20 car of Bernhard has just overtaken #1 Audi of Kristensen for 5th
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Meanwhile, Porsche has finished tinkering with the #14 car  and it is being wheeled out of the pit lane
14:47
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Lapierre is hounding the back of Lotterer in the #2 Audi after the first stop, the pair half a minute behind leader Wurz
14:46
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The dream was admirable, but the Nissan ZEOD RC is apparently out for the duration now after less than 10mins of racing... gearbox failure. A car may not need to run on petrol to lap Le Mans, but it certainly needs a gearbox!
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Incidentally, having just seen the Corvette take the lead of GT, it's the one car you can always tell is going past even when you're not watching... that engine makes a proper noise!!
14:43
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Nearly a clash in the pit lane as the Toyota ggets released RIGHT in front of the #2 Audi, who doesn't seem keen to let him stay ahead. Just an inch between them as Wurz leaves and Lotterer turns in for his stop
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The leading Toyota is in the pit lane for its first stop
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Meanwhile in LMP2, the leading JOTA Zytek has pitted, handing the lead to Imperatori in the KCMG Oreca, who in turn leads Gommendy in the pole sitting TDS Ligier by four seconds
14:39
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The GTs are still entertainingly close and will probably remain so to the end... in fact, the Corvette of Magnussen has just passed Bruni's Ferrari for the lead
14:36
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Lotterer just had a slow lap, 7secs slower than Wurz... he is now 25secs adrift and coming under pressure from the #8 Toyota again. #3 Audi in the pit lane
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Green flag, the slow zones are no longer in effect
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The #14 Porsche has made it back to the pit lane and is straight into the garage
14:33
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It's been a poor start to the race for Porsche - Bernhard in the #20 Porsche is also 36secs off the lead
14:33
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Meanwhile, Wurz leads by 18secs now, from the #2 Audi, with Lapierre 5secs further back following his spin
14:32
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The #14 Porsche is crawling. It was the leading Porsche - running fourth - but it is crawling and it is still quite far from the pits
14:31
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The #14 Porsche is slow... and we aren't in a slow zone
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It's a busy old track out there. The GT cars aren't strung out yet, so the LMP1 cars are having trouble negotiating them cleanly
14:30
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Might be a shrewd strategy call by Audi there, especially if the slow zone is lifted before he gets back there
14:30
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For the record, that slow zone is VERY slow!! So much so that we briefly the #7 Toyota had a problem, when in fact it was just bubbling along through the yellows
14:28
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Looks as though he is topping things up whilst we have a slow zone
14:27
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The #1 Audi of Kristensen is in the pits
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A slow zone is in place so marshals can clear the Nissan ZEOD RC
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Lapierre suffered a spin, it turns out... obviously pushing hard this early on. He is up and running though, reeling in the #2 Audi now ahead of him
14:25
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The revolutionary car has had much coverage in the run up to this event, but it has been beset with issues and had completed only 30 laps prior to the race. Looks like the dream of completing Le Mans entirely on battery power will have to wait...
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Meanwhile, the Nissan ZEOD RC is already in trouble and has stopped on track
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Yup, Lapierre lost 8secs in one sector and is now fending off the #14 Porsche in third place...
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Lapierre has had a brief off we think... he is down to third!
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No team orders at Audi! Bonanomi squeezes back ahead of Kristensen...
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Also getting caught out, Bonanomi has lost fifth place to team-mate Kristensen in the #1 Audi
14:21
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This is a critical stage - the leaders are still fairly close together, but already coming up on clumps of traffic. Jani just lost at least three seconds tripping over a Porsche and Ferrari
14:20
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The #2 Audi of Lotterer is in third place and starting to pull away from the #14 Porsche, but was a second slower than the leaders on his first clear lap
14:19
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Less than 20mins into the race and the two Toyotas are circulating at a similar pace, Wurz and Lapierre around two seconds apart
14:16
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Undeterred, Jani is busy trying to get back at the #2 Audi, but while the Porsche definitely seems quicker in the straight line - as it was in qualifying - it is lacking in the twisty sections
14:15
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The leaders are preparing to lap their first car of the race after just four laps! Yannick Mallegol in the #62 AF Corse Ferrari is the unfortunate fellow...
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Start of lap four and Lotterer has squeezed past Jani to third place... now we can see what Audi is capable of in clear air
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For the record, the first drivers for the LMP1 cars are: Wurz, Lapierre, Jani, Lotterer, Bonanomi, Kristensen and Bernhard, while Heidfeld and Belicchi are leading the two Rebellion cars
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We have our first car in the pit lane for 2014... it's Mika Salo in the SMP Oreca. The car crashed in morning warm-up, but while the car was back out on the grid, it seems it isn't quite fully repaired
14:12
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Bernhard, meanwhile, is 14secs off the lead after just two laps... have Porsche had to tone down the 919 Hybrid's superb one lap pace to ensure durability?
14:11
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Time to calm things down a little bit... Toyota has sprung out of the blocks quickest and are now six seconds up on Jani after 2 laps, who in turn leads a train of the Audis
14:08
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Good start to the race for Audi, all three have moved ahead of the #20 Porsche and are already hounding the back of Jani in the #14 Porsche
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In GTE, Ferrari leads Corvette, leads Aston top three
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In LMP2, JOTA Zytek leads, ahead of TDS Ligier, OAK Ligier, Signatech Alpine and KCMG Oreca
14:05
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Bernhard has had a tough opener, his #20 Porsche is behind the Audis and down to seventh
14:05
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First lap down and the order is: #7 Toyota, #8 Toyota, #14 Porsche, #2 Audi, #20 Porsche, #3 Audi, #1 Audi
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We've got a move in to the Ford Chicane as Lotterer jumps Bernhard in the #20 Porsche with a strong move up to fourth place. Bernhard loses out to the #3 Porsche at the start of lap two as well, while Lapierre is now ahead of Jani too in to the first corner
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And Lapierre in the #8 Toyota has swept by the #14 Porsche - it's a Toyota 1-2 heading into lap two
14:04
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Steady on boys, it's on the first lap! The #2 Audi gets ahead of the #3 Audi and the #20 Porsche before the lap is out...
14:03
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The three Audis are running closely together as the top three break away a touch over the first lap
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Good start from Wurz who leads away comfortably, Lapierre close behind Jani in the #14 Porsche
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The field starts to line up. The starters thumb is on the green button. Through the Ford Chicane and WE ARE RACING!
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Alonso is in position with the French national flag, and the cars are in the final sector ready to go racing...
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Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso has the honour of starting this race. Fun fact, he is the first current racing driver to start the race in its 82 years
13:53
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Withh 8mins to go until the race starts, as ever, at 15.00 local time, the cars are off on their long formation lap
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The #14 Porsche is in 2nd, ahead of #20 Porsche, thhe #8 Toyota and the three Audi's, ordered as #3, #2 and #1
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The #7 Toyota starts on pole position, courtesy of Kazuki Nakajima's superb lap in qualifying
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The weather is very warm and very humid, but while rain isn't expected for this race, it has clouded over a lot in the last hour and it is rather windy out there too
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The cars are lined up on the grid, with 54 of the 55 cars entered out there formed up (the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin withdrew on Thursday)
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Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, here in France.
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The next time we see the cars on track it will be for the start of the big one: The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. We'll be back with live coverage of the whole race, which starts at 1500 local time. Join us again then.
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So that brings the warm-up session to a close with Lapierre ensuring it's the #8 Toyota that ends the session on top. Audi looked quicker this morning though and is expected to be much more of a threat in the race than it was in qualifying
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The SMP car will be heavily damaged on the left hand side and that's going to be a big repair job for the team to get it ready for the race. Salo is fine and out of the car - it was not a shunt as big as some of those we have seen so far this weekend
08:51
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Oh dear. The #27 SMP car with Salo on board has gone off at the Porsche Curves. He's dropped it entering the first right-hander with what looks like a rear tyre failure and hit the tyre barrier
08:48
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The #3 Audi looking quick on its final lap but then backs off and pits
08:47
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Ah, that was close, contact between the #37 SMP car and a GTE Ferrari almost leads to a big shunt. Fortunately both were quick to react and just a touch of bodywork flicks off the LMP2 car
08:46
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The #2 Audi goes second fastest just as the chequered flag falls
08:44
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In fact, it looks like Porsche was only practising the driver change as both of the cars are now back in the garage
08:42
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Similarly in the #14 car Dumas takes over from Lieb with only three minutes to go - he'll only get one lap in but it's a chance to practice the driver change
08:41
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Webber hops out of the #20 Porsche and hands over to Bernhard for a brief run in the final five minutes
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And Lapierre lowers the quickest time of warm-up to a 3:23.731. Only 1.2s off the #8 car's qualifying time so clearly not hanging around this morning!
08:38
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Lapierre on another quick one in the #8 Toyota - 1.2s up through the second sector
08:37
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Lotterer showing just how tough traffic will be in the race as he encounters a GTE Porsche at the second chicane and is held up for a few corners
08:36
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That little moment for the #3 Audi displays just how low on grip the track is now having seen no running on Friday. There were plumes of dust being thrown up at Indianapolis on the first lap
08:34
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Albuquerque keen to get past an LMP2 car under braking and has to cut the second chicane
08:33
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3:24.793 is Lapierre's pace-setting time at present and that's a little over two seconds off the #8 car's qualifying pace
08:30
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The first little error we've seen this morning as Leimer in the #13 Rebellion Racing car runs wide at the first chicane
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Lapierre drops in to the 3m24s on his latest lap to go quickest, while Webber takes over the #20 Porsche from Hartley with a little over 15 minutes to go
08:26
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Fassler puts the #2 Audi quickest in the 3m25s - that's just a second of its qualifying pace - ahead of the two Toyotas
08:23
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The Garage 56 entry Nissan ZEOD RC returns to the pits. The main goal for the team is to do one lap of each fuel stint on full-electric power. The team has been unable to try that yet and will do so for the first time in the race
08:21
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Wurz is in the #7 at present while Lapierre takes the #8 car out on track. 25 minutes of warm-up left
08:19
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Just to give you an idea of pace at the moment, the Audis are around six seconds slower than their qualifying times
08:16
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Kristensen appears to be in a hurry to get back to the pits as he overtakes Treluyer in the #2 Audi in the pit lane
08:14
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Lap times are slow at present compared to qualifying - drivers taking it easy as the last thing you want to do is damage the car during the warm-up! The three Audis are the top three at the moment
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One driver we won't be seeing today as James Calado who crashed his #71 AF Corse Ferrari in qualifying on Thursday. Calado himself has tweeted that he will be staying in hospital for a few days due to a brain haemorrhage. Get well soon James.
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The two Porsche's now down to work as well while the #8 Toyota pits briefly
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The pole-sitting #7 Toyota pits after an installation lap, while the #1 Audi in which Loic Duval had that massive crash on Wednesday continues
08:03
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All three Audis very eager to get down to work - they appeared to lack qualifying pace on Thursday but are confident they have the race pace to challenge
08:00
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Green flag and away we go for the 45 minute warm-up session
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Engines firing up and we have Audis and Toyotas already waiting at the end of the pit lane ahead of the green flag
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It's another beautiful morning in Northern France, with the Circuit de la Sarthe already basking in the early-morning sun. Good conditions (as they have been all week so far)
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This morning's session is 45 minutes long, just allowing the teams enough time to check final set-ups ahead of the race at 1500 local time
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Good morning on race day at Le Mans! Final warm-up for this year's 24 Hours is just 15 minutes away
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Bon soir mon ami!
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Stay tuned tomorrow for exclusive chats with Anthony Davidson, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Lucas di Grassi, plus many more...
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Right, it's past midnight here so all that remains is for me to sign off and find a spot for my weary head
23:11
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As for the 'class of its own' Nissan ZEOD RC, at least it got some good laps in, six seconds slower than the next LMP2 car
23:10
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In GT, AF Corse are 1-2 - Pro leading Am - with the #51 458 Italia leading its #81 counterpart. Aston and Corvette remain poised in the Pro class, but there will be concerns at Porsche after a fraught session beset by technical issues
23:09
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In LMP2, the new closed-roof Ligier JS impresses to take pole and third in class, while JOTA prove the ageing Zytek is still a quick car by claiming second
23:09
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The opposite is true of Audi - it's single lap pace is wanting, but it's longer stints have thrown up strong consistency
23:08
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Good work by Porsche too on its return to Le Mans, but questions remain over race pace
23:08
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Great work from Toyota, living up to its favourite status in style
23:07
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GTE Am: #81 AF Ferrari, #98 Aston Martin, #95 Aston Martin, #61 AF Ferrari, #72 SMP Ferrari
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GTE Pro: #51 AF Ferrari, #73 Corvette, #97 Aston Martin, #74 Corvette, #52 RAM Ferrari
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LMP2: #46 TDS Ligier, #38 JOTA Zytek, #35 OAK Ligier, #26 G-Drive Morgan, #36 Signatech Alpine
23:05
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Excellent performance by Kazuki Nakajima, he was quick over several laps in the Toyota and fully deserved to secure the top spot
23:00
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Chequered flag: Pole for #7 Toyota, ahead of #14 Porsche, #8 Toyota, #20 Porsche, #3 Audi, #2 Audi, #1 Audi #LM24
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Yellow flags are out again, all-but-guaranteeing the result
22:56
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Just 3mins to go and it looks almost certain that Toyota will be celebrating its first Le Mans pole
22:45
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Despite this, all the LMP1 cars are on track for their final runs, except for the #20 Porsche
22:43
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The slow zone is back in force with just over 15mins of the session remaining
22:41
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Karun Chandhok has also crashed the Murphy Oreca
22:41
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Yellow flags are out again after a spin for Simon Dolan in the JOTA Zytek
22:32
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We are still under a 'slow zone' caution as marshals work to repair the barriers at the Porsche Curves, but it seems the work has now been completed and we will be up to speed again shortly
22:25
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It's been slightly ignored as the sole LMP1 machine out there, but the new Rebellion R-ONE has shown decent strides today. The #12 car may be eight seconds off the pace, but it was well over ten seconds down initially, while the car - which was only raced for the first time last month - has been fairly reliable
22:21
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The teams may well prove me wrong, but I think - with 38mins to go - we have seen the best laps of the evening already
22:20
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Incidentally, it was the #90 8 Star Ferrari that caused the 'yellow', going off at the Porsche Curves
22:18
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We have yellow flags and the implementation of 'slow zones', which allow drivers to be at full speed at safe parts of the circuit, but cruising speed in critical sectors
22:10
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News just in, James Calado will not race following his crash in Q2. However, provided AF Corse get the #71 repaired in time, Pierre Kaffer will replace him (subject to getting in the required 5 night-time laps in the #51 or #60 car)
22:04
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GTE Am 1hr remaining: #81 AF Ferrari, #98 Aston Martin, #95 Aston Martin
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GTE Pro 1hr remaining: #51 Ferrari, #73 Corvette, #97 Aston Martin
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LMP2 1hr remaining: #46 Thiriet TDS Ligier, #38 JOTA Zytek, #35 OAK Ligier, #36 Signatech Alpine, #48 Murphy Oreca
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LMP1: #7 Toyota, #14 Porsche, #8 Toyota, #20 Porsche, #3 Audi, #2 Audi, #1 Audi
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One hour of qualifying remains and the order remains unchanged in all four classes...
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Alex Wurz gets it all wrong as he heads for the pit lane, climbing all over the kerbs in the current pole-sitting Toyota... he promptly hands over to Stephane Sarrazin
21:42
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With darkness cloaking the circuit, it is possible we have seen the best laps now with no improvement seemingly forthcoming... though there is still a good 80mins of the session to go
21:38
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Just to add to what I mentioned earlier, the LMP2 class is looking competitive and it is especially good to see the new Ligier JS first and third at the moment, the new-generation of closed-roof prototype proving quick from the off
21:34
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It's fairly quiet out there at the moment - and not because we have had another red flag - but only two Audis and a Toyota are out on track in the LMP1 class
21:29
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Do Audi have something in hand? It's plausible that it has accepted it doesn't have the fastest car over a single lap and is instead focused on ensuring it has the most consistent and reliable race package
21:28
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In GTE, meanwhile, AF Corse Ferrari is quickest in both the Pro and Am classes
21:26
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LMP1 may grab the headlines, but keep an eye on LMP2 this weekend - the ever-changing lead and the diversity of the chassis makes it hugely competitive this year. All five chassis are represented in the top six, split by 1.2secs
21:23
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Toyota and Audi are out on track, but aren't lapping close to their best times, while Porsche is still in the pit lane
21:20
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The British driver thinks he will be cleared to start - pointing out that he isn't a rookie and the stoppages have created issues this week -, but the argument will likely rumble on this evening in the stewards' office...
21:19
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We mentioned earlier that Nick Tandy hasn't completed many laps this week and the earlier stoppage for the #91 Porsche means he hasn't completed a single night lap either. Given he needs 5 completed to race, Tandy could be a doubt if the regulations are strictly adhered to
21:16
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The No.90 8 Star Ferrari Gianluca Roda has spun at Dunlop
21:16
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Another change at the top of LMP2, with the new Thiriet by TDS Ligier currently quickest, ahead of JOTA Zytek and OAK Ligier
21:15
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Nakajima has finally handed his #7 Toyota over to Alex Wurz who - along with Nicolas Lapierre in the sister #8 Toyota - are heading back on track
21:14
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A few drivers - such as Nakajima - are taking liberties with the Corvette Curves by running very wide and using the run-off without lifting off... and when I say 'liberties' they are at time two or three car widths away from the track altogether!
21:11
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If that's the case, it is a big shame for Calado, who was set to make his Le Mans debut this weekend with Davide Rigon and Olivier Beretta
21:10
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Bit of news on James Calado, who crashed heavily in Q2 at the Porsche Curves - he has been taken to hospital after being described by Giancarlo Fisichella as 'confused' and suggested the damaged Ferrari could have turned its last wheel this week
21:09
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It really has been a tough event so far for multiple champions Audi. Currently the #3 R18 e-tron of Oliver Jarvis, Filip Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi is quickest of the trio, 1.4secs off the ultimate pace, while #2 Audi has kept a very low profile so far and is 2.4secs off the lead
21:07
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It's 22.05 here in Le Mans, but there is still some light bathing the circuit and the temperature is still fairly warm...
21:03
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With just under 2 hours remaining, #7 Toyota leads #14 Porsche, #8 Toyota, #20 Porsche, #3 Audi, #2 Audi and #1 Audi... it's proving to be a 'mare of a week for Audi so far!
21:02
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Buemi lifts the #8 Toyota up to third place, though it might have been pole were it not for traffic in the tricky final corners
21:00
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For the record, each of the 55 cars have now set a lap time, though that does included the now-withdrawn Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin
20:57
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PRANG! Alvaro Parente has crashed at the Ford Esses, getting out of shape on entry and tagging the barriers
20:55
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Most of the leading cars are on track for another blast at a fast time, but the #20 Porsche is still in the pit lane
20:54
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It appears as though Toyota believes Nakajima is its man for pole position, they have just sent him out yet again for another quick time
20:53
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The Nissan ZEOD RC, meanwhile, is getting some laps under its belt at racing speed. It is now tagged onto the end of the LMP2 order (its closest comparison class), four seconds off the next slowest
20:52
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We have had a change at the top of the LMGTE Am class as well, with Michele Rugolo on top for AF Corse
20:51
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Replays show the Porsche shuddering aggressively as it came off the final corner kerb
20:50
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Trouble for the #91 Manthey Porsche which has stopped - conveniently - at the end of the pit lane.
20:49
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Oops, Romain Dumas could be facing a hit to the pocket... he has been reported for speeding in the pit lane
20:48
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We have had a change in LMP2, the JOTA Zytek of Harry Tincknell jumping from towards the bottom of the class to very top! Incidentally, Oliver Turvey has been drafted in today in place of the Audi-bound Marc Gene, forming one of only two all-British line-ups here this year
20:47
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Meanwhile, Sebastien Buemi has put in the fastest time yet for the #8 Toyota, but remains fifth
20:47
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Interesting use of 'line' by Nakajima in the final complex, running so wide across the run off area that he was almost two widths adrift of the actual track... Did he gain an advantage with that? He certainly didn't look like he lost any speed with the off
20:45
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A great lap by the Japanese driver, who was responsible for the #7 Toyota going quicker at the end of Q2 as well
20:44
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And Romain Dumas has gone quicker in second place too for the #14 Porsche, three tenths adrift
20:44
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He goes quicker again with a 3m 21.789secs lap
20:44
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Kazuki Nakajima is flying!
20:43
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It's worth pointing out that the drivers need to complete 5 laps in night-time conditions, but because last night's session was halved, there are several drivers still got just mileage to complete (rather than necessarily a quick time)
20:40
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It's a bit busy out there, Alex Wurz getting a Rebellion, a Nissan ZEOD and a Ferrari in his face through the fairly slow final complex
20:39
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No improvements for the LMP1 cars after the first few laps as the light begins to fade
20:35
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Off we go again... this is the important one. Can anyone knock Nakajima and Toyota off pole position?
20:25
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If you are just joining us now, here is a round-up of yet another rather dramatic session - http://www.crash.net/le-mans/news/205536/1/toyota_moves_ahead_audi_crashes_again.html
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No sooner have I finished the report that session, we are really ready to go again with the all-important Q3!
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That's the end of the Q2 session - Toyota, Porsche, Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Audi, Audi
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Actually, Romain Dumas has moved back up to second place in the Porsche
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Just squeezing in there, Jarvis jumps the #3 Audi up to third place
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We don't have long to find out - Q3 gets underway in just 30mins!
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Is that lap of Nakajima's good enough to give Toyota pole position for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours? #LM24
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So as the chequered flag falls, Nakajima is quickest for Toyota, ahead of the #20 Porsche, the #14 Porsche, #3 Audi, the #8 Toyota, the #2 Audi and the #1 Audi... Is that enough for pole position this year?
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Nakajima puts Toyota on provisional pole, a 3m 22.589!
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The Toyotas are coming... Kazuki Nakajima splits the Porsches and is up too second place, three tenths off the leader
19:57
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You'd think this is race day with all these many clashes, crashes and spins!
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It was the #92 Porsche of Makowiecki that was going slow through the final corner, with the fast-approaching #60 Ferrari of Gianmaria diving down the inside, making contact and sending them both off. Dalla Lana in the #98 Aston Martin spun too but doesn't seem directly involved
19:55
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We know the GT class is close, but three cars spinning off around each other is a little bit silly... Only Corvette wasn't involved
19:54
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Oh dear, looks like we have had a few cars trip over each other - we have a Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari off at the final corner complex
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Also, the #3 Audi is up to fourth place
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The #7 Toyota also went quicker on that lap, just four tenths behind the new benchmark
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Timo Bernhard improves his provisional pole position time with a 3m 22.908
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The LMP1 cars are now on their flying laps, all fairly closely matched so far
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All but the #14 Porsche have gone out... and that includes the #1 Audi, which will be driven by Marc Gene! Fast work by Audi - perhaps they should go help the Pegasus guys now! #LM24
19:45
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Of we go again, for a 15min dash
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It is a measure of how much track time we have lost so far this week that they are shortening the gap between Q2 and Q3 to just 30mins and extending Q3 to 150mins
19:42
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Bit of a surprise for some as many have toddled off to have some dinner!
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Well what do you know, the session will be restarted... 15mins will be on the clock
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So, at the head of the timesheets, Porsche continue to hold down a 1-2, with Brendon Hartley's lap time from Q1 last night still quickest. The #14 Porsche has closed the gap down to just over a tenth, with the #8 Toyota eight tenths adrift
19:34
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It seems this session could be halted now in favour of an early and extended Q3 session, which would start at 20.30GMT
19:34
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It was an unfortunate accident by all accounts, the two drivers committing to the same line at different speeds, but the result is certainly damaging!
19:32
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Amidst the chaos, the #79 Prospeed Porsche of Ben Curtis also crashed off and will take no further part in this session
19:31
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Forced onto the grass, the fast-moving Morgan bounced over the grass and speared into the opposing barrier, causing plenty of damage...
19:31
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Coming towards the pit lane, di Grassi started to move across to the pit lane, but suddenly moved again to the left, the line which the Pegasus Morgan had already committed to
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So, to recap, di Grassi ran wide at Indianapolis, catching the grass and spinning into the inside wall. Despite damage, he got underway again, albeit crawling at slow speed and emitting plenty of bodywork-generated smoke
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di Grassi has been summoned by stewards 'immediately'
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di Grassi will not be a popular man... he was crawling near the racing line towards the pit entry and wandered into the path of Leon Roussel, catching him out. Big damage to the Pegasus Morgan.
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The Prospeed Porsche has also gone off in a separate accident at what looks like the first corner
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The Pegasus Morgan has crashed... he was at racing speed and came across the slow #1 Audi, jinked out to avoid it but lost control and hit the barrier
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RED FLAG
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It's getting crazy out there - two big crashes in quick succesion...
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He has picked up damage but the car is still moving and is crawling back too the pit lane
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It is the #1 Audi... that car has no luck. di Grassi was in the car, he clipped the  kerb and spun into the barrier
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Crash! It is an Audi...
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We have a purple sector 1 (fastest time yet) for Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi
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Romain Dumas has improved the time of the #14 Porsche - it is still second, but is now just over a tenth behind the sister #20 car
19:20
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We have had enough spinner, the #24 Sebastien Loeb Racing Oreca driven by Vincent Capillaire has gone off
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No other improvements from the LMP1 drivers, but Nathaneal Berthon has lifted the Murphy Oreca to the top of the LMP2 pile
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The #1 Audi has finally set a lap time, jumping to 7th - 3.3secs off the ultimate pace
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Spoke too soon, Davidson gets baulked by a Corvette towards the end of the lap and he is three seconds down
19:16
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The Toyota driver was telling Crash.net that even a slow, but clear lap could be enough for pole here... that said, Romain Dumas behind him is on a faster lap
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Davidson wins the 'race' to the front of the pack and he has clear track ahead...
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This could be a very crucial phase for qualifying as many ventured out on track at the same time and the LMP1 cars had time to get to the front of the slower pack... this is probably the clearest the track will be at its optimum condition
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If you don't already known, we are also down to 54 cars this weekend as Craft-Bamboo have been forced to withdraw its Aston Martin - full story here: http://www.crash.net/le-mans/news/205527/1/craftbamboo-forced-out-of-le-mans.html
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The #1 Audi and the #76 Porsche are back on track now...
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As it stands, there are still 4 cars yet to set a time - the #1 Audi, #67 IMSA Performance Porsche, #76 IMSA Performance Matmut and #90 8Star Ferrari
19:10
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The cars are backed up down the pit-lane ready for the off, which... is... now!
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The session is set to get underway again in a few minutes, so we should have 50mins of the session remaining
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In fact, we have been very chatty today, catching up with Anthonty Davidson (watch out for the full Q&A), Mark Webber, Marc Gene, Lucas di Grassi and Alex Wurz... keep it Crash.net to stay up to date
19:05
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Interestingly, having chatted to Nick Tandy earlier, he has completed barely any running in his factory Porsche yet... and he isn't certain as to why
19:05
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For the record, it is still mighty warm here at Le Mans and it is seemingly catching a few out, notably the Porsches, which have been suffering with overheating issues
19:03
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With less than an hour ago, we still don't know when we will be going again
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No change GT either, with Ferrari top of both Pro and Am classes
18:59
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We have had a change in LMP2 though, with the Signatech Alpine on top of the pile, a tenth up on overnight front-runners G-Drive
18:56
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So with the #1 still yet to set a time, we remain unchanged in the LMP1 class with it still 'two-by-two' in the order of Porsche, Toyota and Audi
18:49
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The session has been red flagged 45 minutes in. We haven't seen pictures of what caused it yet
18:46
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We've got a red flag and it appears the #71 AF Corse Ferrari has gone off at the Porsche Curves
18:44
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Wurz in the #7 car gets on the radio to his Toyota team to tell them he's hit a bollard, with replays showing he had to avoid a spinning car and hit it head on
18:40
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Another spin and it's the #29 Pegasus Morgan-Nissan with Nicolas Leutwiler who has dropped it after getting on the grass exiting the Esses
18:37
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Ooh close! Lotterer in the final sector tries to squeeze past two cars in a gap that is always closing and he has to take to the grass on the inside of a flat-out kink to avoid contact with a 911. That limits him to a 3:25.415
18:35
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Loterer in the #2 Audi is on a quick one as he sets the fastest first sector of qualifying so far
18:33
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Lapierre has an issue as his door keeps opening on the #8 Toyota. He has a go at closing it as he drives but unsuccessfully!
18:32
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Not a long stoppage for the #77 as it heads back out on track. We have another stoppage now though as the #34 Race Performance Oreca has gone off at the first chicane
18:29
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An issue for Patrick Dempsey in the #77 GTE AM Porsche as he jumps out of a smoking car in the pit lane - mechanics quickly getting the fire extinguishers out and the bonnet off the car
18:27
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Wurz in the #7 Toyota improves to a 3:24.420, closing in on the Porsche's at the top of the times
18:26
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The Garage 56 entry ZEOD RC is pushed up the pit lane but its mechanics having failed to make it back under its own power
18:25
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Another spinner, as the Chris Dyson in the #42 Zytek Nissan drops it at Arnage, but he's back on his way again without sustaining damage
18:22
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Uh oh... the Nissan ZEOD RC has coasted to a halt at the start of the pit lane...
18:19
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Lapierre brings the #8 Toyota back to the pits. The #3 Audi is out on track at present with Filipe Albuquerque at the wheel
18:18
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The #1 Audi returns to the garage and it was di Grassi putting the first laps on it - so Gene's wait goes on - as there appears to be a bit of an issue with the windscreen
18:16
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Oops, the #47 KCMG Oreca 03R-Nissan has had a bit of a moment and is stopped on track - looks like its come close to the barrier
18:14
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I must admit, I didn't expect to see that car back out on track this weekend. Gene starts some installation laps as he gets comfortable with the new machine
18:12
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The #1 Audi with Gene at the wheel is in the pit lane and is sent out for the first time in this session
18:11
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Apologies - Lapierre is in the #8 Toyota at this stage, not Davidson. That car now third quickest behind the two Porsches
18:10
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Car off already as the #60 AF Corse Ferrari has gone for a trip through the gravel
18:08
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Davidson opens up with a 3:23.963 in the #8 Toyota and that's already 1.5s quicker than the time that car registered in the first qualifying session
18:07
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Of course, Gene's call-up to the Audi car means there was a vacancy at JOTA and it has drafted in Oliver Turvey
18:05
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Gene is yet to emerge in the #1 Audi as Davidson starts his first timed lap in the #8 Toyota. The pole time to beat at present is a 3:23.157
18:01
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With the sun starting to set over Le Mans it remains very hot as the session goes green and the #8 Toyota is first out on track
18:00
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In Qualifying 1, it was the #20 Porsche of Timo Berhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley that set the pace and currently holds provisional pole position, although there was only around an hour of running completed last night
17:59
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Remarkably, the #1 car has been rebuilt - with Gene saying it was ready at 8am this morning - and will take full part in this session. Gene will be first out in it to get familiar with the car again having driven it previously at Paul Ricard and Aragon this year
17:56
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Duval has been ruled out of the race on medical advice despite being uninjured (except for a few grazes) and he will be replaced by Audi's reserve driver Marc Gene, who had been driving for JOTA in LMP2 this week
17:55
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The big story of this week so far has been the massive accident that Loic Duval had in free practice yesterday, virtually destroying his Audi in the process. Well, there's further news on that...
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Hello again and welcome back to Crash.net's live coverage of the second qualifying practice session for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. We have a two-hour session this evening followed by another after dark at 2200 local time
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Until then, bon soir from Le Mans - let's reconvene at 18.00!
22:44
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Meanwhile, plenty of spins, off-track moments and technical issues down the order will leave teams with plenty of headaches before action resumes tomorrow afternoon
22:44
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Nonetheless, it was still enough time to show Porsche have decent single lap pace and the Toyota isn't entirely bulletproof.
22:43
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Bit of an anti-climax to proceedings given less than an hour of qualifying action would actually take place
22:32
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Turns out that crash of Fernando Rees' was a heavy one - the Aston is returning to the pit lane with significant damage to the left-hand side of the Vantage
22:31
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The #26 G-Drive Morgan is quickest in LMP2 and the #51 AF Corse Ferrariq quickest in GT
22:30
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That means Porsche claim provisional pole, led by Mark Webber's #20 919 Hybrid
22:30
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With 30mins on the clock, the session will not be resumed
22:26
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Still under red flag conditions here - the barrier is being replaced at the Porsche Curves following Rees' crash
22:16
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The clock doesn't stop during red flag periods, so we still have just over 40mins remaining
22:15
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'Loss of drive' reported for Sarrazin, who gamely opts to stay in the car as it is lifted out of the way
22:12
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At the top of the timesheets, Porsche is still 1-2, with a Toyota 3-4 and an Audi 5-6
22:10
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After attempts to bring it to life failed, the Toyota is - rather ungracefully - carried (literally by marshals at the front) off the track
22:07
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In a race that will be determined by reliability as much as pace, Toyota will be disappointed to be the first of the 'big three' to show a dent in its armour this week
22:05
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The No.99 Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin of Fernando Rees has spun and stopped in the middle of the track at the Porsche Curves... good news for Toyota as it means it can recover Sarrazin's #8 Toyota
22:04
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RED FLAG
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It's seemingly a technical issue for the TS040 Hybrid... something we haven't seen much of from Toyota this year. At least he is close to the pit lane
22:03
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Bad news for Toyota, Stephane Sarrazin has stopped at the first corner complex
22:02
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David Heinemeier Hansson has dropped the Vantage into the gravel and has seemingly struck the barrier too
22:00
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We have an off for the #95 Aston Martin, which was quickest of the GT cars in practice
21:59
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The Taisan Ferrari is off the track again, this time in the hands of Pierre Ehret
21:58
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Meanwhile, three cars look set to miss the first qualifying session - the #1 Audi, the #67 Porsche and the #90 Ferrari - after each suffered damage in FP crashes
21:57
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Armindo is back out following his earlier stop on track, while the Greaves Zytek - which hit problems in practice - is also on an out-lap
21:56
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Well it was a short stint for the ZEOD RC, with Lucas Ordonez bringing it straight back into the pit lane. The car suffered a gearbox failure earlier this evening and has completed the same number of laps as its racing number - 0!
21:55
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The teams have used the break to tweak some setting and swap drivers, so Mark Webber, Marc Lieb, Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Lotterer and Oliver Jarvis are on track now
21:52
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It will also attempt to complete an entire lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe entirely on battery power... regardless of how quick it is, that is some feat for Nissan and bodes well for its full-scale return to LMP1 next year
21:51
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By the way, if you want to watch the progress of the experimental racer this weekend, Nissan is broadcasting a live on-board feed online
21:51
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Now we are go and the first on track is the Nissan ZEOD RC racer, which is finally back on track having stopped on its first lap earlier today
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Or not... it seems the car at the front of the queue has stalled!
21:50
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Off we go again...
21:45
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As marshals busily repair the barrier, the session is set to get back underway in five minutes
21:40
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GTE Am after 30mins: #72 SMP Ferrari, #61 AF Ferrari, #77 Dempsey Porsche
21:39
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GTE Pro after 30mins: #51 AF Ferrari, #97 Aston Martin, #92 Manthey Porsche
21:35
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LMP2 after 30mins: #26 G-Drive Morgan, #36 Signatech Alpine, #47 KCMG Oreca
21:34
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With 30mins of the session down and a pause to proceedings, the LMP1 order is as follows: #20 Porsche, #14 Porsche, #7 Toyota, #8 Toyota, #2 Audi and #3 Audi
21:33
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The #29 Pegasus of Nicolas Leutwiller has stopped also
21:32
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RED FLAG: The #37 SMP Oreca of Nicolas Minassian has had an off
21:30
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RED FLAG
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It doesn't make the cars go faster, but we love some of the solutions the manufacturers have come up with to make their cars stand out in the dark, which is just as well since it seems Audi, Toyota and Porsche colluded on having fairly similar liveries this year!
21:26
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It's very much twilight out there as the sun disappears over the horizon, but there are still plenty of people out here enjoying the action... dedicated lot these Le Mans fans!
21:24
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It's a Porsche 1-2 at the top of the timesheets, with Brendon Hartley unseating Neel Jani in #20 919 Hybrid
21:21
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We're still three days from the race, but practice and qualifying have certainly revealed some teething issues for plenty of teams with now the AF Corse Ferrari of Peter Mann stopping on track
21:18
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And Mika Salo is seemingly in trouble for speeding in the pit lane driving the SMP Oreca
21:17
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The #24 LMP2 Oreca of Jan Charouz is also being asked to check its rear lights too
21:13
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Mirror? Check. Signal? Check. Headlights? Ooops... someone at Jota forgot to do their spot checks since its car is apparently running without its lights on!
21:12
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Meanwhile, the #76 Porsche 911 of Nicolas Armindo has stopped on track after contact
21:11
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Close shave for the No.14 Porsche as he nearly trips over a GT Ferrari, but Neel Janni is still quick enough to go fastest with the 919 Hybrid's best lap of the day
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We have a spinner already, the AF Corse Ferrari of Jean-Marc Bachelier has stopped, while Shinji Nakano has also had a trip across the gravel in the Taisan Ferrari
21:03
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As darkness sets in, the session is go...
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If you saw the aftermath of that accident, that is a remarkable couple of tweets, I think you'll agree
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The big news from FP earlier was the huge accident involving Loic Duval, but despite its severity, not only was the Frenchman mostly unhurt, he may attempt to race...
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The session is two hours long, finishing up at midnight here
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It's a pretty sight out there as the sun sets over the circuit - this is the chance for the drivers to get acclimatised to racing in the dark
20:53
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Welcome back to our live text commentary from Le Mans, we have the first qualifying session almost ready to commence at 22.00 local time
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And for the session report, click here - http://www.crash.net/le-mans/news/205512/1/toyota-tops-practice-horror-crash-for-duval.html
19:37
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For the full session results, click here: http://www.crash.net/le-mans/results/205511/1/le-mans-free-practice-results.html
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And the Aston Martin of Kristian Poulsen, Nicki Thiim and David Heinemeier Hansson is fastest in LMGTE Am. Qualifying next up at 9pm GMT
18:56
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The AF Corse Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella is quickest in LMGTE Pro
18:56
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The OAK Racing Ligier of Mardenborough, Shulzhitskiy and Brundle tops LMP2
18:55
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With session over early, the #8 Toyota stays quickest in FP, ahead of the #2 Audi, the #7 Toyota, the ill-fated #1 Audi, the #3 Audi and the two Porsches
18:54
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As expected, the session will not resume
18:50
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With 10mins to go, that is surely it for the session now...
18:49
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And out come the red flags again...
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Frankie Montecalvo is the latest to hit problems - he has dropped his 8Star Ferrari and has stopped on track
18:45
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It's a bit busy in the pit lane... Wurz gets a bit 'flashy' at the G-Drive that pulls out right in front of him
18:44
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The session is about to restart with 15mins on the clock
18:43
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Someone may be in trouble... Erik Maris and Markus Palttala have been summoned to the race directors' office 'immediately'. Just like being back in school...
18:39
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The clock is still ticking, by the way, because this session needs to finish at 8pm. We should get a green flag fairly soon, but it won't leave much time for them
18:36
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Erik Maris was driving the car, which shows evidence of contact and leaves the team - which won the GTE Am class last year - with some repair work to do
18:34
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We have another red flag with 26mins remaining. The #67 IMSA Performance Matmut GT Am Porsche is off at the Forza bend
18:21
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It's the first showing at Le Mans for the latest Corvette C7, which has been racing in the United SportsCar Championship. It's a sexy car (even in canary yellow) and it is going well too, with the #73 car third in class
18:15
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The Corvette C7 R of Tom Milner has stopped on track
18:06
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Kirill Ladygin spins the #37 SMP Oreca towards the end of the lap... has a bit of trouble cranking it into gear but he is on his way again now
18:04
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Kristian Poulsen has also just put his LMGTE Am Aston Martin to the top of the GT pile, including the LMGTE Pro cars
18:04
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The #2 Audi of Marcel Fassler has moved into second, splitting the Toyotas with a 3m 23.976secs lap
18:00
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Meanwhile, the Greaves Zytek LMP2 has stopped on track after making contact with the wall
17:59
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An hour left of this session with not a lot of movement at the top, though Nicolas Prost has taken a chunk out of his in the Rebellion to reduce the margin to the front to 7 secs, three behind the nearest LMP1-H Porsche
17:47
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In GTAm the top five so far is: #88 Proton Porsche, #81 AF Ferrari, #61 AF Ferrari, #98 Aston Martin and #77 Dempsey Porsche
17:45
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In GTPro the top five so far is: #51 AF Ferrari, #71 AF Ferrari, #91 Manthey Porsche, #92 Manthey Porsche and #99 Aston Martin
17:44
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In LMP2 the top five so far is: #35 OAK Ligier, #48 G-Drive Oreca, #37 SMP Oreca, #36 Signatech Alpine and #47 KCMG Oreca
17:41
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80mins of this session remaining and the LMP1 order is: #8 Toyota, #7 Toyota, #1 Audi, #2 Audi, #3 Audi, #20 Porsche, #14 Porsche
17:39
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Meanwhile, Toyota is running 1-2 at the top of the timesheets. The #8 Toyota still leads but has gone quicker at 3m 23.652secs, six tenths up on the sister #7 car
17:38
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Full statement from Le Mans - http://www.crash.net/le-mans/news/205509/1/huge-crash-for-duval-halts-le-mans-practice.html
17:31
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ACO has released an official statement following Duval's crash, stating that he his en route to hospital and that his condition is 'encouraging'
17:26
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If you're wondering what has happened to the Nissan ZEOD RC, it is still showing as 'stopped' on track having completed exactly the same number of laps as its racing number here... 0
17:23
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It's a foolhardy job being a marshal at Le Mans... you have to run onto a live track, on a straight where speeds reach well over 170mph to retrieve a remarkably large piece of debris. We're not sure who is missing a portion of their car, but keep an eye on eBay this evening
17:19
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If anything, it is probably hardest for the GT cars to get a good single lap time here, what with all these faster prototypes clamouring their way through...
17:16
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No change after the green flag so far, which means #8 Toyota still leads from the ill-fated #1 Audi, ahead of Toyota, Audi, Audi, Porsche and Porsche. The privateer Rebellions are in there too, but over ten seconds off the pace.
17:11
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It's 18.10 here in France, but it is still mighty warm out there... in fact, forecast for the whole week and weekend is looking very good
17:08
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Sadly for Duval's team-mates Lucas di Grassi and Tom Kristensen, their Le Mans weekend could well be over already, but I am certain that is far from their minds at this particular moment
17:06
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Business as usual for the two remaining Audis as they leave the pit lane in tandem
17:05
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Almost everyone is back out on track. Just under two hours of the session remains
16:55
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And we are go again...
16:53
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Big relief here at Le Mans... now everyone is refocusing on the session resumption which will get underway again in just a couple of minutes
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Positive news here, Wolfgang Ullrich has confirmed Loic is conscious and talking to medics
16:40
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Rivals on track but still share a common goal... The Toyota drivers stand in the pit lane waiting for news
16:34
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The car has now been removed from the circuit and the damage to the fence is being fixed
16:22
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Loic is now being taken to the medical centre whilst his destroyed Audi is removed from the circuit. Fingers crossed he is not seriously hurt #LM24
16:16
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It isn't clear if anyone else was involved, but every other car is now in the pit lane
16:16
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Duval had just set the fastest first split on the lap he crashed, so he was certainly travelling fast when he went off
16:14
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The track is all quiet at the moment. Anxious faces in both the Audi garage and here in the press room... It looked like a huge impact for Duval, a winner here last year
16:08
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Duval crashed at the Porsche Esses... medical teams are heading to the scene now
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The car is very,very heavily damaged - Loic Duval was in the car at the time
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We have a huge crash out on track for the No.1 Audi, a massive crash!
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Currently six seconds off the pace, but notching up 13 laps, it seems Marc Lieb in the #14 Porsche LMP1 is focusing on race set-up
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Davidson returns Toyota to the top of the timesheets with a 3m 23.897secs lap... despite doing so by almost pushing a Ferrari across the finish line in front of him #LM24
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They are certainly pushing out there... Marco Bonanomi has just suffered an off-track moment in the #3 Audi
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As a reference point, pole position was achieved by Audi with a 3mins 22.346secs lap last year
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Audi hits the top of the timesheets courtesy of Lucas di Grassi with a 3m 24.729secs lap
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In the GTPro class, AF Corse's James Calado is currently quickest, with team-mate Stephenn Wyatt fastest in the GTAm category
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Elsewhere, Nismo GT Academy racer Jann Mardenborough is leading the LMP2 class for OAK Racing and the all-new (and rather sexy) Ligier JS, ahead of the Signatech Alpine and the Larbre Morgan
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Those 40mins flew by quickly! Only another 200 to go... As it stands, Toyota is quickest, but Stephane Sarrazin #7 has now popped ahead of Anthony Davidson #8 by three tenths. They are three seconds up on the #2 Audi, the #3 Audi and the #1 Audi
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That said, Porsche have made no secret that it is putting most of its efforts into this race alone, so  they genuinely could pull something extra special from under its hat
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As for Porsche, the 919 Hybrid is still probably a little too 'young' to quite be on the level of Audi and Toyota. The car has been quick - over a single lap especially -, but less consistent than its rivals so far
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It has won both 6 hour races at Silverstone and Spa without missing a beat, but of course 24 hours is an entirely different challenge
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Heritage aside, however, the likely favourites are Toyota, the new TS040 Hybrid making up for its questionable aesthetic by being quick, reliable and economical...
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It also has legend Tom Kristensen, who is striving for a tenth win this year. He is joined by Lucas si Grassi and Loic Duval, with Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler in the No.2 car and Oliver Jarvis, Marco Bonanomi and Filip Albuquerque in the No.3 machine
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Audi has history on its side having won 12 of the 13 races it has entered, a superb stat that alone asserts them as favourites. No-one knows Le Mans better than they do
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So whom are the ones to watch this year? Well, at LMP1 level, there is little to choose between Audi, Toyota and Porsche, the latter returning to the top flight this year with its 919 Hybrid
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Early days of course, but Toyota have come out of the blocks quickest on this warm and very muggy afternoon n France, with the No.8 car leading the sister No.7 machine
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Marco Holzer in the factory Porsche GT is also in trouble, but is crawling - very, very slowly - around the circuit to the pit lane
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Not a good start to the day for the innovative, revolutionary and oh-so-quirky looking Nissan ZEOD RC, which has stopped on its first flying lap
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If anything free practice is more important than the shorter qualifying session... being quick over one lap is all well and good, but sustaining it for around 340 laps is a very different matter.
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The teams have already completed eight hours of testing at Le Mans during a test day just over a week ago, but this will arguably be a clearer indicator whom is quickest
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3, 2, 1... we are go at Le Mans
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The sun is out here in Le Mans and we're almost ready to get this session under way
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We will be bringing you live coverage of every session this weekend as well as the race itself. Who needs sleep, eh?
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Tomorrow there are two more two-hour qualifying practice sessions at 1900 and 2200 local time respectively, before a short warm-up on Saturday morning and then the race itself at 1500
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This non-qualifying session gives the teams four hours to try and perfect their car set-ups, with a two-hour qualifying practice session to follow at 2200 local time tonight
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Afternoon all. We're live at Le Mans ahead of the start of the free practice session for this year's race, which will get under way in around 20 minutes

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