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Hour 13: Seventh safety car to the fore

Rain then returned to La Sarthe during the hiatus, with heavy drizzle gradually enveloping the entire circuit with 15 minutes left and growing in intensity at the end of the hour, prompting more and more of the field to head in for what appeared to be cut slicks or intermediates. Toyota took the opportunity to swap Davidson for Buemi during its stop, putting a fresh body out in pursuit of the leading Audi, which ended the hour in the hands of Loic Duval.

The safety car, meanwhile, had been poised to withdraw, only for the stewards to instruct it to remain on track while the teams stopped for suitable rubber, and the flurry of pit-stops ensured several changes of position.

As the clock ticked beyond 4am local time, the #2 Audi, with 189 laps in the book, led the #8 Toyota by a lap, with #7 Toyota just behind its sister and the recovering #3 Audi in fourth.

The OAK Racing #35 Morgan, on 179 laps, led its #24 sister car in LMP2, with Greaves' #42 Zytek up to third, ahead of the similar #38 Jota car.

Manthey's #92 Porsche continued to lead GTE-Pro from the #99 and #97 Aston Martins, with the second Manthey entry, #91, fourth in class, while Imsa Performance Matmut's #76 Porsche headed GTE-Am on 167 laps, from the #55 Ferrari and #61 Ferraris.


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