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2H: Hartley, Porsche storm to the front after lead trades

Brendon Hartley has powered the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid into the lead at the end of the second hour of the 84th running of Le Mans 24 Hours.
Brendon Hartley has powered the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid into the lead at the end of the second hour of the 84th running of Le Mans 24 Hours, while #8 Audi suffered a lengthy stop for a turbocharger change.

After a shake-up start once the safety car was withdrawn – which saw five LMP1 cars each enjoy time leading – Hartley powered past Loic Duval in the #8 Audi and pulled out a ten-second lead at the end of the second hour and the second run of pit stops.

In the #7 Audi it was a nightmare second hour as it spent 20 minutes in the pits for a turbocharger change and is now six laps down on the leaders.

In LMP2 Manor continued to produce an impressive start to its rookie Le Mans 24 Hours with around a 20-second gap on the chasing #46 Thiret By TDS Racing in second with #42 Strakka Racing taking up the final rostrum class spot.

Midway through the GT pit stops the #92 Porsche holds the GTE-Pro lead from the #51 AF Corse Ferrari and the previous leader #69 Ford Chip Ganassai.

In GTE-AM the #78 KCMG Porsche has held on to its lead ahead of sister Porsche runner Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing.
by Haydn Cobb



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