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Porsche remains on course to score its first Le Mans win since 1998 as Nick Tandy continued to manage his healthy lead in the #19 919 Hybrid, but with four hours remaining the weather could yet throw a curve ball.

The #19 Porsche has enjoyed an advantage of more than a lap for some time, with Tandy continuing to keep up the pace as the race entered its closing stages, with only the #17 Porsche likely to pose any kind of challenge if it is allowed too.

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Indeed, with Audi's challenge now seemingly falling on the #9 Audi - which hasn't had the pace of the Porsche for some time -, it seems it will take a special intervention to stop Porsche clinching a famous result made all the more remarkable by the fact it would fall to LMP1 rookies Tandy, Nico Hulkenberg and Earl Bamber.

However, the onset of rainy weather would begin to make its presence felt as the hour concluded, with officials declaring the track wet even though the conditions are not slippery as yet.

Meanwhile, the #7 Audi's challenge was blunted by a drive-thru penalty for 'disrespecting the slow zone', with the car now a distant fourth.

The KCMG Oreca has stabilised its LMP2 lead following its earlier dramas, while Gimmi Bruni now leads the GTE Pro class in the AF Corse Ferrari, ahead of the #64 Corvette.

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