The fourth hour of the Le Mans 24 Hour race was overshadowed by confirmation that GTE-Am Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen had died as a result of the injuries he sustained in a hard crash just ten minutes into the event at Tertre Rouge. (See separate story.)

The Aston Martin team continued to race, at the request of the driver's family.

On the race track, the intermittent rain continued to cause headaches. It was all change at Audi as Beno?t Treluyer took over from Andre Lotterer at the wheel of the leading #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Oliver Jarvis taking over from Lucas Di Grassi in the #3 and Lo?c Duval now in charge of the #2 car from Allan McNish.

The two Toyota drivers were still continuing to lose ground on the front-running trio, while at the start of the hour the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota cars of Nick Heidfeld and Cong Fu Cheng were the only other LMP1 cars now remaining on the lead lap. A spin for Heidfeld at Tertre Rouge at half past the hour cost him valuable seconds in recovery before he handed the car over to Neel Jani for the next stint, and so by the top of the hour both cars were a lap down from the Audis and Toyotas.

Davidson was in at the end of lap 50 and handed over the #8 Toyota TS030 hybrid to fellow former-F1 alumni Sebastien Buemi for the next stint, while Lapierre handed off the #7 to Alexander Wurz next time around.

Elsewhere, the #36 Signatech Alpine LMP2 car was back in the garage with problems after running off in the gravel, while the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan was also into the pits after struggling for pace with suspected right rear suspension damage to the Caterham-backed car, having earlier been in the top three LMP2 runners.

Just before the hour there was a flurry of offs at Mulsanne as Mike Conway in the #26 Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan tried to dive down the inside of Stuart Hall in the #96 Aston Martin and both caught caught out by standing water which sent them running into the gravel. Also having a moment was Lucas Luhr in the #38 Jota Zytec, which put him into the pit lane for a few set of tyres.

At the stroke of 7pm local time (6pm BST) Treluyer was in to pit lane to signal the latest round of pit stops for Audi, at the end of 57 laps.


1. #1 Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro * 57 laps (5 stops)
2. #3 Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro 56 laps (4 stops)
3. #2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro * 56 laps (5 stops)


1. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan * 54 laps (4 stops)
2. #26 Rusinov/Martin/Conway G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan * 53 laps (5 stops)
3. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan * 53 laps (5 stops)


1. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 * 52 laps (3 stops)
2. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR * 52 laps (3 stops)
3. #99 Bell/Makowiecki/Senna Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 * 52 laps (3 stops)


1. #61 Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia * 50 laps (3 stops)
2. #55 Perazzini/Case/O'Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 50 laps (3 stops)
3. #67 Gibon/Milesi/Henzler IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 50 laps (4 stops)

See full Hour 4 times.


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