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Hour 10: Status quo at the top with Kristensen in control

Tom Kristensen continued to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours after midnight came and went, with little change in the running order among the LMP1 contenders.
The status quo in the LMP1 field at the top of the timesheets continued through the tenth hour of Le Mans action, with Tom Kristensen's concerns about a vibration in the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro not turning out to be a significant problem after all.

Kristensen continued to lead ahead of the two Toyota TS030 hybrid, of Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima, with Lucas di Grasi unable to make an impression on the podium posisions in the #3 Audi after its recent bodywork repairs following Oliver Jarvis' torrid time in the car earlier in the evening.

The third and final Audi, the former race-leading #1, was still 12 laps off the lead and even four laps off the LMP1 car immediately in front, which was the #21 Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03c driven by Danny Watts which suffered a puncture late in the hour and needed to struggle back to the pit lane.

Racing had quickly resumed again after the earlier brief stoppage for Tracy Krohn's #57 Ferrari Italia 458 going off at the Ford chicane, while the #25 Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan had become the third official retirement of the race after Tor Graves; accident at the Porsche curves an hour previously.

Fatigue and the tricky night time conditions were producing a number of slips and mistakes by this stage, including some that attacked sanctions from the race stewards: the #13 Rebellion Lola and #93 SRT Motorsport Viper GTS-R were both handed a 30 second stop-and-go infringements, in the latter case after Kuno Wittmer jumped the pit exit lights

Among the drivers to have offs during the midnight hour were Patric Niederhauser who went off at the Mulsanne corner in the #34 Race Performance Oreca 03, Cooper MacNeil the #70 Corvette who went through the gravel at the same spot shortly afterwards. Darren Turner took the #97 Aston Martin through the same trajectory soon after.

The #76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Jean-Karl Vernay also briefly went off, while battling Patrick Dempsey's #77 Dempsey Del Piero Porsche for the lead of the GTE-Am class. A pit stop for Dempsey put the #55 Ferrari 458 Italia AF Corse driven by Lorenzo Casé back into the lead shortly afterwards.

In the GTE-Pro class, Robert Bell continued to lead in the #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8, while Bertrand Baguette continued to comfortably dominate the top spot in the LMP2 class in the #35 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.

LMP1

1. #2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro * 134 laps (14 stops)
2. #8 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid * 150 laps (12 stops)
3. #7 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid * 149 laps (11 stops)

LMP2

1. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan * 143 laps (13 stops)
2. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan * 141 laps (12 stops)
3. #38 Dolan/Turvey/Luhr Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan 141 laps (12 stops)

GTE-Pro

1. #99 Bell/Makowiecki/Senna Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 * 136 laps (9 stops)
2. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR * 136 laps (9 stops)
3. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 * 136 laps (9 stops)

GTE-Am

1. #55 Perazzini/Case/O'Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 132 laps (8 stops)
2. #76 Narac/Bourret/Vernay IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR * 131 laps (9 stops)
3. #77 Dempsey/Foster/Long Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 131 laps (10 stops)

* - denotes World Endurance Championship entrant

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