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Hour 5: Treluyer continues to set the pace for Audi

22 June 2013

With Benoît Treluyer continuing to build upon the impressive lead that Andre Lotterer had handed him in the initial stint in the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the race leader was now enjoying up to a 50 second margin over his team mate Loïc Duval in the #2 car, with Oliver Jarvis continuing to run in third place a further 40 seconds behind having lot out in the latest pit top shuffle.

Sebastien Buemi and Neel Jani continued to hold on to fourth and fifth place in the #8 and #7 Toyotas respectively, while further back the two Rebellion Racing cars were now split by the #21 Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03c car piloted by Jonny Kane which was up to seventh place having overcome a 28-place grid penalty for having a driver not complete the full number of pre-race laps in practice and qualifying, which had left it starting from 36th place instead of its expected eighth.

Alex Brundle had handed over the wheel of the #24 OAK Morgan to David Heinemeier Hansson, in the process only briefly sacrificing the lead in the LMP2 class to Mike Conway in the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan before Conway himself then pitted to hand off the car to Roman Rusinov.

Stefan Mücke took control of the #97 Aston Martin Vantage V8, but was forced to surrender the GTE-Pro class lead by the blistering pace of his team mate Frédéric Makowiecki in the #99. However, the Aston Martin family as a whole was still clearly reeling from the news that Allan Simonsen had become the first fatality at Le Mans in over 25 years.

"On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin Racing, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals, and families whose friends or loved ones were involved in today's terrible tragedy," said Aston Martin Racing team boss John Gaw after absorbing the tragic news.

In the amateur category, the #61 Ferrari 458 Italia now driven by Jack Gerber remained in charge ahead of the #55 Ferrari 458 Italia AF Corse driven by Lorenzo Casé.

Among those hitting problems at this stage were Marino Franchitti in the #33 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b with a slow puncture, and Dominik Farnbacher in the #53 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R who ran off at the Ford chicane while running in tenth place, necessitating a lengthy visit to pit lane for repairs.

Tracy Krohn was similarly wayward, the Ferrari 458 Italia off into the gravel at Indianapolis. Also having relatively minor moments were the #39 DKR Engineering Lola B11/40-Judd (Romain Brandela in the seat) and the #98 Aston Martin (Paul Dalla Lana).

LMP1

1. #1 Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro * 74 laps (6 stops)
2. #2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro * 73 laps (6 stops)
3. #3 Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro 73 laps (6 stops)

LMP2

1. #26 Rusinov/Martin/Conway G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan * 69 laps (7 stops)
2. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan * 69 laps (6 stops)
3. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan * 69 laps (6 stops)

GTE-Pro

1. #99 Bell/Makowiecki/Senna Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 * 67 laps (4 stops)
2. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 * 67 laps (4 stops)
3. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR * 67 laps (4 stops)

GTE-Am

1. #61 Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia * 65 laps (4 stops)
2. #55 Perazzini/Case/O'Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 64 laps (4 stops)
3. #88 Ried/Roda/Ruberti Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR * 64 laps (4 stops)

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