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The #7 Toyota continues to hold a solid lead at the quarter mark of the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Stephane Sarrazin as slow zones interrupted a charge by the #1 Porsche of Andre Lotterer in second.

Taking over from Kamui Kobayashi, Sarrazin escaped a potential moment close to the hour when he found David Cheng in the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca spinning in front of him, but has largely stayed out of trouble to keep the #7 TS050 Hybrid in a comfortable lead.

Even so, Lotterer and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 Toyota have been on a charge in the last two hours with each moving to within half-a-minute of the lead following their stops. Furthermore, both stood to gain more time potentially but for a lengthy slow zone period implemented following a heavy crash for the #82 Risi Ferrari.

Kaffer was running sixth in the GT Pro class when he was clipped by the TDS Oreca of Matthieu Vaxiviere as the Frenchman came past him, tipping the Ferrari into the barrier at high-speed.

Putting the Risi Ferrari - which Kaffer shared with Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander - out of the race, the repairs to the barrier would carry on into hour six to slow the pace down.

Vaxiviere was handed a 7 minute stop-go penalty as punishment for the crash.

Following its earlier technical issues, the #2 Porsche is slowly working its way through the order of GT and LMP2 cars, but remains 54th on the classification and 18 laps off the lead

Vaillante Racing stretch out

Vaillante Rebellion Racing continues to stamp its mark on the LMP2 class, though the #31 car now being driven by Bruno Senna has moved into a sizeable lead over the sister #13 car of Nelson Piquet.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca runs third from the #35 Signatech Alpine and the #24 Manor CEFC, the trio capitalising on the aforementioned spin for the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing car following its trip through the gravel and into an unscheduled stop for repairs.

Aston Martin strengthens grip on GT Pro

The #97 Aston Martin continues to lead the GT Pro class by a comfortable 16secs margin over the leading #67 Ford GT following the latest round of stops, with the #66 Ford a minute off the lead in third.

The Risi Ferrari is the first retirement for the GT Pro class and reduces the Ferrari interest to two.

Aston Martin is still leading in the GT Am class with its #98 Vantage.

 

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