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Audi clinches top 3, but whitewash foiled

The rebuilt-from-scratch #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia still flying at the front of GTE-Pro in Gianmaria Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella's hands ahead of the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari. The Aston Martin Vantage V8 #97 entry that had been running in third place after its earlier off at Indianapolis hit problems with less than 90 minutes remaining in the race, heading into the pits for a fluid leak from the rear, but still held on to third place thanks to Adrian Fernandez at the wheel.

Only in the GTE-Am class was battle raging, with Julien Canal taking over the race seat from Pedro Lamy in the leading #50 Labre Chevrolet Corvette C6 but soon under pressure from the #67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 of Raymond Narac - which finally passed it for position over the final safety car period. However, in the final half hour the #67 was given over to the rookie Anthony Pos to drive home - who proved to be no match for a rested Lamy chasing him down and passing him less than 20 minutes before the end of the race.

Pons' hopes of fighting back were wrecked by a late puncture in the final five minutes, but fortunately he was close enough to get back to pit lane and had a big enough lead over third-placed Tracy Krohn in the #57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia. Instead, it proved crucial for the #50 car to maintain its lead, which had to come in on the last lap because Lamy was at his driver time limit: he had to be swapped out for Julien Canal in order to comply with the race rules, but they only just got the car out again in time before the Audis crossed the finish line in formation.

It was the #55 Ferrari that ended was worse for wear in the GTE-Am class, the floor of the car damaged and visibly flapping and fifth gear a fond memory, the JWA-Avila team having to park up and wait for a final lap appearance to claim its WEC points as the chequered flag came out. However, Oliver Gavin's GTE-Pro #74 Corvette and the LMP1 Pescarolo Dome Judd both failed to come out in time to record the necessary 264 lap to pick up the championship points.

Retirements:

#38 JOTA Zytek-Nissan Accident
#33 Level 5 HPD ARX-03b Honda Fuel
#30 Status GP Lola-Judd
#88 Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 RSR
#15 OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo-Judd Engine
#66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia
#48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03-Nissan Accident
#77 Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 RSR
#75 Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 RSR Accident
#31 Lotus Lola B12/80 Coupe-Lotus Gearbox
#58 Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia Accident damage
#24 OAK Racing Morgan-Judd Oil pump
#7 Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 HYBRID Engine
#80 Flying Lizard Porsche 997 RSR Accident damage
#28 Gulf Racing Middle East Lola-Nissan Accident
#8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 HYBRID Accident
#0 Highcroft Racing DeltaWing Nissan Accident
#81 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia Accident
#99 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 Accident damage
#16 Pescarolo Team Pescarolo-Judd Power steering
#29 Gulf Racing Middle East Lola-Nissan Accident




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