24h Le Mans
18/06/2017 14:01

24 Hours of Le Mans - Hour 23 Recap

After witnessing all the drama that’s unfolded thus far, everyone is holding their breath with 23 hours complete at Le Mans.

24 Hours of Le Mans - Hour 23 Recap

LMP1

Timo Bernhard continued to close the gap to the #38 Oreca from Jackie Chan DC Racing, which was the overall leader and has finally taken the overall lead.

The #8 Toyota is still in it as well and to drive home that point, Sébastien Buemi has set the new fastest race lap, a 3:18.604. He is ninth overall.

LMP2

Unless the #38 has problems, the fight for second is between the #35 Alpine and the #13 ORECA. André Negrao (#35) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (#13) had a fantastic battle on track, with Piquet Jr. getting the better of Negrao, but then having to serve a 10-second penalty for contact with the #49 Ligier. The #35 holds second over the #13 for now.

The class leader’s sister car, the #37 ORECA (Gommendy) is still within striking distance as well in fourth.

LMGTE Pro

This category remains up for grabs amongst five different manufacturers. The #63 Corvette (Magnussen) leads, but the #97 Aston Martin (Adam) is less than 20 seconds behind.

The #67 Ford (Tincknell) is on the class lead lap, followed by the #91 Porsche (Makowiecki), who recently pitted out of sequence, perhaps in a bid to get on the same pit strategy as the leaders.

The #71 is Ferrari’s best hope in LMGTE Pro at the moment. Sam Bird is fifth.

LMGTE Am

It may jinx them to say so, but the #84 Ferrari seems to be the only car to successfully maintain its class-lead through the race without issue. Dries Vanthoor is back in the JMW Motorsport entry with a full lap on second place, which is the #55 Ferrari (Cioci).

Townsend Bell has been making up ground in the #62 Ferrari and moved into the final podium spot.

The #65 Ferrari (Balzan) had a moment in the Dunlop Chicane, which resulted in a punctured tire. The Italian then had to limp the car back to pit lane.

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Photo: The #2 Porsche took the lead with one hour left in the race.

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