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Le Mans 24 Hours: 3H - Porsche stays ahead as Toyota shows strengths

Brendon Hartley has maintained his lead in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid with the #6 Toyota of Mike Conway in close company as race stints come into play
Brendon Hartley has maintained his lead in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid with the #6 Toyota of Mike Conway in close company as race stints come into play.

The leading Porsche is narrowly holding off Toyota who has produced longer 14-lap stints which sees Conway closing the deficit with each stint.

Further back the #8 Audi with Loic Duval is in third just over 15 seconds behind the top two as the #5 Toyota made similar stint gains in fourth ahead of the pole-sitter #2 Porsche.

In LMP2, Manor and Roberto Merhi has continued its impressive debut at Le Mans 24 Hours leading the class and running seventh overall.

The British squad has a useful 43-second lead on the #46 Thiriet By TDS Racing which has defending LMP2 champion KCMG breathing down its neck in third.

In the GTE-Pro battle the #69 Ford Chip Ganassi continues to lead with Dirk Muller in the car while #91 Porsche with Nick Tandy but both owe a pit stop to the runners behind.

In GTE-Am the #78 KCMG Porsche leads the class with the sister Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche in close company.
by Haydn Cobb



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RoyO

June 18, 2016 6:05 PM

I've never paid close attention to Le Mans. How many people out there do? I can see that in many ways the technology develops in interesting ways compared to F1 but it's so difficult to follow the race itself - which isn't really that interesting to watch. As for the number of classes and the tech regs... Who has the time or interest required to understand the structure of it all? Even with the current state of F1 I can't see endurance racing of any kind ever generating really large audiences.



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