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LM H20: McNish and Treluyer run together at the front of the field

The two Audi e-trons were nose-to-tail again with four hours remaining at Le Mans, as Benoit Treluyer, in the #1 R18 e-tron quattro, held a narrow lead ahead of Allan McNish in the #2.

The #2 came in from the lead with Dindo Capello at the wheel, but could not quite get out in time to prevent Treluyer - back in the car after a longer than expected rest period due to illness - from sweeping through back into the lead.

Audi's top four sweep could be in jeopardy though, as the #4 car has run into difficulty. The car has twice slowed to a crawl within the last hour, first with Marco Bonanomi at the wheel, then Oliver Jarvis. Each time it has been able to get back up to speed, and it remains third ahead of the sister #3 ultra despite the recurring glitch.

Rebellion still holds fifth place with its #12 car, while the #13 in
back in 13th overall following a 37-minute clutch change. JRM's HPD therefore completes the top six.

Soheil Ayari's recovery drive has brought the Pecom ORECA back up to second in LMP2, still a lap behind the leading Starworks car.

AF Corse's GTE Pro lead is up to three laps after the Luxury Ferrari required a brake change. The latter car remains second in class, but could come under pressure from the flying Aston Martin, currently driven by Stefan Mucke.

NOTES

- #1 Audi gets rear bodywork damage in incident with #74 Corvette, then goes wheel to wheel with #2 after repairs in next pitstop

- Mucke damages the #97 Aston Martin in a crash at Indianapolis, dropping it away from GTE Pro leaders

- The #48 ORECA-Nissan driven by Brendon Hartley has retired after contact with the Status Lola

- Faisal spins the #75 Porsche at Porsche Curves, hitting the wall to bring the safety car out

- Marcel Fassler spins the #1 Audi e-tron at the Porsche curves, handing the lead to McNish

- Dumas tipped into a spin while passing traffic at Ford chicane

- Davidson confirms he sustained a broken back as a result of huge earlier crash

- Westbrook loses a wheel, and with it the lead of the GTE Pro class

- Peter Dumbreck suffers blow-out in the #22 JRM HPD

- Spin at Ford chicane for #21 Strakka HPD

- Problems for the #7 Toyota following collision with DeltaWing at the restart

- #29 Gulf Racing Lola B12 the first official retirement

- #40 hit with a two-minute stop and go penalty for second pitlane
speeding offence

- 30s pit stop penalties for #40 and #49 LMP2s for speeding in pitlane

- Audi hits early niggles, with Tom Kristensen the third unexpected delay for the marque across its four cars

- Early GTE Pro scrap between Corvette, Aston Martin and Ferrari

- #99 Aston Martin Vantage suffers early misfire and then retires with damage

POSITIONS AFTER 20 HOURS

Pos Car            Drivers                      Class  Laps  Gap
 1. #1  Audi       Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer    LMP1   316   
 2. #2  Audi       McNish/Capello/Kristensen    LMP1   316   +    3.068s
 3. #4  Audi       Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1   313   +    3 Laps
 4. #3  Audi       Gene/Dumas/Duval             LMP1   307   +    9 Laps
 5. #12 Lola       Prost/Heidfeld/Jani          LMP1   306   +   10 Laps
 6. #22 HPD        Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok    LMP1   297   +   19 Laps
 7. #44 HPD        Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith  LMP2   295   +   21 Laps
 8. #21 HPD        Leventis/Kane/Watts          LMP1   295   +   30.885s
 9. #46 Oreca      Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau        LMP2   294   +   22 Laps
10. #49 Oreca      Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari   LMP2   294   +   10.567s
11. #26 Oreca      Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov    LMP2   292   +   24 Laps
12. #25 Oreca      Martin/Charouz/Graves        LMP2   290   +   26 Laps
13. #13 Lola       Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat  LMP1   289   +   27 Laps
14. #41 Zytek      Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez        LMP2   289   +    3.732s
15. #35 Morgan     H Hansson/Leinders/Martin    LMP2   282   +   34 Laps
16. #42 Zytek      Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez      LMP2   281   +   35 Laps
17. #23 Oreca      Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard     LMP2   281   + 1m05.728s
18. #51 Ferrari    Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander    GTEP   280   +   36 Laps
19. #59 Ferrari    Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher   GTEP   277   +   39 Laps
20. #97 Aston      Mucke/Fernandez/Turner       GTEP   276   +   40 Laps
21. #50 Corvette   Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy        GTEA   273   +   43 Laps
22. #67 Porsche    Pons/Armindo/Narac           GTEA   273   +   48.443s
23. #73 Corvette   Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor      GTEP   273   + 1m38.341s
24. #38 Zytek      Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa       LMP2   271   +   45 Laps
25. #45 Oreca      Briere/Nakano/Petersen       LMP2   270   +   46 Laps
26. #71 Ferrari    Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci      GTEP   270   +   19.702s
27. #57 Ferrari    Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo         GTEA   268   +   48 Laps
28. #40 Oreca      Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry        LMP2   263   +   53 Laps
29. #79 Porsche    Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet        GTEA   259   +   57 Laps
30. #70 Corvette   Bourret/Gibon/Belloc         GTEA   256   +   60 Laps
31. #55 Porsche    Daniels/Palttala/Camathias   GTEA   254   +   62 Laps
32. #43 Norma      Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion   LMP2   254   + 1m47.302s
33. #61 Ferrari    Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers       GTEA   251   +   65 Laps
34. #83 Ferrari    Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte      GTEA   239   +   77 Laps
35. #74 Corvette   Gavin/Westbrook/Milner       GTEP   204   +  112 Laps
36. #17 Dome       Minassian/Bourdais/Ara       LMP1   201   +  115 Laps
37. #33 HPD        Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz          LMP2   240   Retired
38. #30 Lola       Sims/Buurman/Iannetta        LMP2   239   Retired
39. #88 Porsche    Ried/Roda/Ruberti            GTEA   222   Retired
40. #15 OAK        Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette  LMP1   219   Retired
41. #66 Ferrari    Walker/Cocker/Wills          GTEP   204   Retired
42. #48 Oreca      Firth/Hartley/Hughes         LMP2   196   Retired
43. #77 Porsche    Lietz/Lieb/Henzler           GTEP   184   Retired
44. #75 Porsche    al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards     GTEA   180   Retired
45. #31 Lola       Holzer/Schultis/Moro         LMP2   155   Retired
46. #58 Ferrari    Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo   GTEA   146   Retired
47. #24 Morgan     Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla           LMP2   139   Retired
48. #7  Toyota     Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima       LMP1   134   Retired
49. #80 Porsche    Bergmeister/Long/Holzer      GTEP   114   Retired
50. #28 Lola       Giroix/Badey/Johansson       LMP2   92    Retired
51. #8  Toyota     Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin      LMP1   82    Retired
52. #0  DeltaWing  Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama    CDNT   75    Retired
53. #81 Ferrari    Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin      GTEA   70    Retired
54. #99 Aston      Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen     GTEA   31    Retired
55. #16 Pescarolo  Collard/Bouillon/Hall        LMP1   20    Retired
56. #29 Lola       Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan        LMP2   17    Retired
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