24h Le Mans
15/06/2019 - 17:06

24 Hours of Le Mans – Hour 2 Roundup

After two hours of racing, the Toyota TS050s continue to break away from their rivals. Everything is still in play in LMP2 and LMGTE Pro.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Hour 2 Roundup

LMP1

The two Toyota TS050 Hybrids are still leading. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Mike Conway at the wheel is about 30 seconds ahead of the team's #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid driven by Sébastien Buemi.

The opposition presented by the non-hybrid cars has experienced a few hiccups: a hood change on SMP Racing's #17 BR Engineering BR1-AER after a 10-lap stint for Stéphane Sarrazin, a flat tyre for Swiss team Rebellion Racing's #1 Rebellion R13-Gibson driven by Bruno Senna. The Brazilian had to cover quite a distance at a slowed pace. Still at the wheel, he gave his all and is currently 10th overall.

LMP2

The LMP2 class is currently led by Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel of Signatech Alpine's #36 Alpine A470-Gibson) since the start. Formula E defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne driving G-Drive Racing's #26 Aurus 01-Gibson trails by less than 10 seconds, and Anthony Davidson in DragonSpeed's #31 ORECA 07-Gibson rounds out the top 3.

The class is totally open. Jonathan Hirschi in Graff Racing's #39 ORECA 07-Gibson or Nicolas Jamin driving Duqueine Engineering's #30 ORECA 07-Gibson were delayed early in the race due to flat tyres, but have already charged back, ahead of the LMGTE Pros and LMGTE Ams. 

 

LMGTE Pro

The #63 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia took the lead in the second hour, followed by Porsche GT Team's #92 and #93 911 RSRs driven by Michael Christensen and Nick Tandy. The #64 Corvette C7.R is in fourth position ahead of the #91 Porsche 911RSR of Gianmaria Bruni. Trailing are the #68 and #67 Ford GTs of Dirk Müller and Harry Tincknell, then AF Corse's #51 Ferrari 488GTE of Alessandro Pier Guidi. Aston Martin Racing's #95 Aston Martin Vantage driven by Nicki Thiim is in 12th position. Due to refuellings, Porsche GT Team's #94 Porsche 911 RSR of Mathieu Jaminet held lead at the end of the second hour.

LMGTE Am

In LMGTE Am, after a stunning start for Dempsey-Proton Racing's #88 and #77 Porsches, the duel was on between Spirit Of Race's#54 Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and the #77 Porsche 911 RSR ahead of Gulf Racing's #86 driven by Ben Barker. After a 360 spin in the first hour, the #88 Porsche 911 RSR fell to the last place in the class. In fourth place is Keating Motorsports' #85 Ford GT with at the wheel Jeroen Bleekemolen ahead of WeatherTech Racing's #62 Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Toni Vilander and Team Project 1's #56 Porsche 911 RSR of Jörg Bergmeister. The field is within 30 seconds. A flat tyre for MR Racing's #70 Ferrari 488 GTE of Edward Cheever, III dropped the car to 14th place in the class.

 

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PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES DU MANS, RACE, 15 JUNE 2019.