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Porsche is just two hours away from securing a historic 17th Le Mans 24 Hours triumph - its first since 1998 - as the #19 maintained its dominant lead and Audi continued to drop away with niggling issues.

Having now held a 1-2 position for several hours, with the #19 Porsche a lap clear of the #17 Porsche in that time, Audi's hopes of getting back into the fight have hit several set-backs, but with just over two hours remaining it will surely take misfortune on the part of Porsche for it to challenge now.

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Indeed, though the #7 Audi had shown strong pace, it was making minimal headway into the two lap deficit even before it was wheeled into the garage twice with an apparent problem. Though it didn't spend long in the garage, it was enough to drop it a third lap down and seemingly out of contention.

Similarly, the #9 Audi - which ran as the manufacturer's best chance for victory for much of the race - is now out of contention with possible brake issues, the car now eight laps down in seventh, behind one of the Toyotas.

For the second time in three hours, the LMP2 leading KCMG Oreca would come to a stop on track, only to get going again, the car's large lead allowing it to retain an advantage, even if a third stop will likely put it right in the hands of the G-Drive Ligier and JOTA Gibson, which are battling for second.

The GTE Pro class looked to be heading the way of the #51 Ferrari, but problems at the close of the hour would see Corvette leap back in front.

Despite drama elsewhere, Aston Martin remains well on course for GTE Am glory, the #98 car of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana now 2 laps clear.

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