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Le Mans 24 Hours: 8H: Sarrazin, Toyota holds off Porsche charge

Stephane Sarrazin has ploughed through the sunset to keep the two Porsche cars at arm's length heading into the night.
Stephane Sarrazin has ploughed through the sunset to keep the two Porsche cars at arm's length with all top three cars on the same pit stop numbers.

The #6 Porsche driver has maintain its position out front while pulling out a handful of seconds over the past hour but perhaps more importantly is swinging towards having a whole pit stop less than the two Porsche cars.

Pole sitter Neel Jani in the #2 Porsche has risen up to second place as Timo Bernhard's pace continues to lag behind the leaders, with the #1 Porsche dropping to third.

Both Audi entries once again spent time in the garage for changes to set-up and fixed but remain fifth and seventh – one spot behind off of the second Toyota with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel.

The #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca is also inching away at the front in LMP2 with #36 Signatech Alpine settled in second place after #26 G-Drive Racing returning to third place.

It appears game over for the defending LMP2 #47 KCMG Oreca after Matsuda shuddered to a halt in the hour with an apparent complete loss of power.

In GTE-Pro the top four remains the same with Dirk Muller in the #68 Ford leading by less than five seconds from #82 Risi Competizione with Giancarlo Fisichella in the cockpit. Ford also hold third and foruth with the #66 #69 running nose to tail in an entertaining scrap.

In GTE-Am less than two seconds separated the top two with Jeffery Segal ahead in the #62 Scuderia Corse Ferrari with Patrick Long chasing in the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche.


Tagged as: Ferrari , Toyota , Audi , Porsche , Oreca , LMP2 , Conway , GTE-Pro , GTE-AM

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