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Le Mans 24 Hours: 11 Hours: GT battle lights up darkness

The top three in the LM GTE Pro class keeps things close after 11 hours, with Aston Martin battling to keep Corvette and Ferrari at bay.
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Less than ten seconds separate the top three in the LM GTE Pro class after a remarkable 11 hours of racing in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, with Aston Martin resisting the attentions of Corvette and Ferrari.

With Stefan Mucke handing the sole GT Pro Vantage V8 over to Bruno Senna, the Brazilian emerged just in front of the AF Corse Ferrari of Toni Vilander and Tom Milner in the Corvette C7R.

However, when Vilander attempted to take the lead from Senna, his loss of momentum would allow Milner into second place, the American placing the former F1 driver under pressure ever since, even if he couldn't find a way through before losing time when both pitted towards the end of the hour.

Out front, Alex Wurz remains in the #7 Toyota and continues to lap very consistently in the lead, more than two and a half minutes ahead of the #2 Audi, while the #3 Audi is close to going a lap down too.

Porsche remains fourth and fifth, while the #8 Toyota – having gotten itself back up to sixth place – suffered another unscheduled stop as it battles balance issues, a legacy of its crash earlier in the race.

The #35 OAK Ligier continues to lead the LMP2 class, 1min 25secs up on the Signatech Alpine, while the Race Performance Oreca is in third place.

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Live text commentary recap of Hour 11: Key moments in bold

01:00
Yes he does, Senna keeps Aston Martin ahead, with Milner losing a few seconds to his rival in the pit-stop shuffle


00:59
Senna pits from the LM GTE Pro lead... can he get out in front of the Corvette?

00:55
The #8 car is back out after a bit of tinkering the side of the car


00:53
Problems for the #8 Toyota, it is back in the pit lane, the door pops open and it is wheeled into the garage

00:49
The #12 Rebellion has made it back on track, but is now 13 laps off the lead

00:46
The #2 Audi is now almost 2mins 30secs behind the lead

00:45
Slow lap for Lotterer there, nine seconds behind the race-leading Toyota.

00:39
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

00:38
43 cars are still running in this race, with 11 confirmed retirements

00:36
Following Nicolas Lapierre's' stint, Sebastien Buemi is now in the #8 Toyota

00:36
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

00:35
The #91 Porsche, meanwhile, is still in the pit lane and is now 22 laps off the GTE Pro lead

00:34
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


00:33
Wurz remains in the car and heads out for another stint after another sub-minute pit-stop

00:32
Wurz pits the race leading #7 Toyota, while Jani has also brought the #14 Porsche in

00:31
The #2 Audi pits for its 13th stop of the race

00:30
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
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
If you were wondering, Alex Wurz has the fastest lap of the race - a 3m 23.122secs time, set on lap four

00:24
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

00:23
The #1 Audi pits and is on its way again, Kristensen still at the wheel

00:22
Up at the front, Wurz is now more than two minutes ahead of Lotterer


00:22
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
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!

00:17
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
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!

00:13
Great racing from the GTE Pro class - Aston Martin, Corvette and Ferrari... nothing between them!


00:13
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
For no discernible reason, the #43 Morand Morgan has just put in its fastest lap of the race in the hands of Gary Hirsch

00:08
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!

00:06
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

00:05
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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