24h Le Mans
16/06/2019 - 10:06

24 Hours of Le Mans - Hour 19 Roundup

A few twists to the plot in the last two hours, with mechanical issues and race incidents shaking things up in LMP1 and LMP2 and the ongoing battle in LMGTE Pro.
24 Hours of Le Mans - Hour 19 Roundup


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.