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Le Mans Hour 21: McNish assumes lead in tense battle with Benoit Treluyer

Audi Le Mans 2012 Hour 21Allan McNish assumed the lead of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours as a tense battle between the Scot and Benoit Treluyer in the sister Audi R18 e-tron quattro culminated in the Frenchman spinning on the entry to the pitlane on the turn of the hour.

Treluyer had built a small advantage over McNish as the two hybrid machines alternated strategies.

When he pitted Treluyer had a 15s advantage over the Scot, but spun as he braked down to speed limit speed, costing him precious seconds to add to his stop time.

All this ensured that McNish completed the hour with a 47s lead over the #1 car.

Behind them Oliver Jarvis continued in third, three laps down on the leader but still ahead of the second R18 ultra driven by Marc Gene.

Neel Jani continues to lead the race for privateer honours in fifth with Rebellion ahead of Karun Chandhok in the JRM HPD.

Tom Kimber-Smith took over from Ryan Dalziel in the LMP2 leading Starworks HPD which continued to run unabated at the front of the class. Behind the battle for second raged on between Christophe Tinseau and Pierre Kaffer.

Gianmaria Bruni was still in charge of GTE Pro ahead of Frederic Makowiecki's Luxury car and Stefan Mucke in the still charging Aston.

The battle for the lead of GTE Am was heating up at the turn of the hour as Nicolas Armindo's IMSA Porsche trailed Julien Canal's Corvette by mere seconds.


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

POSITIONS AFTER 21 HOURS

Pos Car            Drivers                      Class  Laps  Gap
 1. #2  Audi       McNish/Capello/Kristensen    LMP1   333   
 2. #1  Audi       Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer    LMP1   332   +     1 Lap
 3. #4  Audi       Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1   330   +    3 Laps
 4. #3  Audi       Gene/Dumas/Duval             LMP1   324   +    9 Laps
 5. #12 Lola       Prost/Heidfeld/Jani          LMP1   322   +   11 Laps
 6. #22 HPD        Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok    LMP1   313   +   20 Laps
 7. #44 HPD        Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith  LMP2   311   +   22 Laps
 8. #46 Oreca      Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau        LMP2   310   +   23 Laps
 9. #49 Oreca      Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari   LMP2   310   +   22.433s
10. #26 Oreca      Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov    LMP2   308   +   25 Laps
11. #13 Lola       Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat  LMP1   305   +   28 Laps
12. #41 Zytek      Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez        LMP2   305   +   19.226s
13. #25 Oreca      Martin/Charouz/Graves        LMP2   304   +   29 Laps
14. #21 HPD        Leventis/Kane/Watts          LMP1   302   +   31 Laps
15. #35 Morgan     H Hansson/Leinders/Martin    LMP2   297   +   36 Laps
16. #42 Zytek      Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez      LMP2   297   + 1m54.596s
17. #23 Oreca      Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard     LMP2   297   + 3m01.397s
18. #51 Ferrari    Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander    GTEP   295   +   38 Laps
19. #59 Ferrari    Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher   GTEP   292   +   41 Laps
20. #97 Aston      Mucke/Fernandez/Turner       GTEP   291   +   42 Laps
21. #50 Corvette   Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy        GTEA   288   +   45 Laps
22. #67 Porsche    Pons/Armindo/Narac           GTEA   288   +    0.332s
23. #73 Corvette   Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor      GTEP   286   +   47 Laps
24. #71 Ferrari    Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci      GTEP   285   +   48 Laps
25. #45 Oreca      Briere/Nakano/Petersen       LMP2   284   +   49 Laps
26. #57 Ferrari    Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo         GTEA   283   +   50 Laps
27. #40 Oreca      Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry        LMP2   278   +   55 Laps
28. #79 Porsche    Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet        GTEA   274   +   59 Laps
29. #70 Corvette   Bourret/Gibon/Belloc         GTEA   270   +   63 Laps
30. #55 Porsche    Daniels/Palttala/Camathias   GTEA   269   +   64 Laps
31. #43 Norma      Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion   LMP2   268   +   65 Laps
32. #61 Ferrari    Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers       GTEA   264   +   69 Laps
33. #83 Ferrari    Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte      GTEA   253   +   80 Laps
34. #74 Corvette   Gavin/Westbrook/Milner       GTEP   204   +  129 Laps
35. #17 Dome       Minassian/Bourdais/Ara       LMP1   201   +  132 Laps
36. #38 Zytek      Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa       LMP2   271   Retired
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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