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.
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.
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.
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.