Gustavo Menezes in the #3 Rebellion R13 was hot on the heels of Stoffel Vandoorne in the #11 SMP Racing for a while, but lost momentum in the traffic. Lying third, Menezes span the Rebellion off at 08:00 and spent five minutes in the gravel before rejoining the track. In the meantime Vandoorne streaked away to take third place.
At 09:30 the #3 Rebellion R13 at the hands of Nathanaël Berthon lay – then fourth in class slowed on the Mulsanne Straight after clocking a lap an impressive 3:19.200. The car returned to the garage for repairs. Meawhile, André Lotter put the #1 Rebellion R13 in fourth place. The #3 left the garage after a 14-minute stop.
At 10:00 the leading car, the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid still lay almost two minutes ahead of the sister car. The SMP Racing #11 is five laps behind the leader.
The #Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 Alpine A470 needs to hold onto its second place to take the world title. Gabriel Aubry in the Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 Oreca 07-Gibson may have other ideas.
As usual, there is a fantastic tussle in this class. This year the Corvette Racing #63 Corvette C7.R is pitted against the AF Corse #51 Ferrari 488 GTE with little to choose between them. The Porsche GT Team #91 Porsche 911 RSR is not far behind. The Ford armada has not yet said its last word and the Risi Competizione #89 Ferrari 488 GTE is quietly making its way up the field, currently in ninth place.
The #85 Keating Motorsports #85 Ford GT still has a comfortable lead of over a lap on the Team Project 1 #56 Porsche 911 RSR. The JMW Motorsport #84 Ferrari 488 GTE lies second while WeatherTech Racing #62 and Clearwater Racing #61 Ferrari 488 GTEs wrangle for third.
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PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES DU MANS, RACE, 16 JUNE 2019. Keating Motorsports' #85 Ford GT leading the LMGTE Am class.