Hour 16: McNish gets on it!

Battle for the lead

Hour 16: McNish gets on it!

Like a small, wiry terrier, Allan McNish only needs the merest whiff of his quarry to get a second wind. While the Scot dashed in for fuel only, the lead car was stationery for two and a half minutes - its longest stop of the race - to change brake discs and drivers. Emanuele Pirro got out, Frank Biela got in, and Allan McNish got on it.
How much on it? Well, enough to record the fastest lap of the race, a 3m37.359s effort just after seven o'clock, and enough to start taking chunks of between eight and 10 seconds off Biela's lead every single lap. He hadn't quite got his target in his sights, but being back on the lead lap was one big incentive.

It isn't over yet...

In the other Audi, Michele Alboreto handed over to Christian Abt. It's fair to say that unless a major disaster befalls both of the cars ahead, Albo and co are looking destined for the lower step of the podium only.

The Courage-Peugeot C52 continued to impress in fifth, setting its fastest lap of the race just moments before McNish's quick one.

Oh, and more maladies for Panoz. The 22 car's all-Japanese line-up took their turn at being frustrated by an enforced gearbox change and dropped out of the top 10 as a result.


GTS ORECA Vipers in eighth, ninth and 10th, with Archer/Duez/Huisman leading the way. Lead LMP 675 goes down the escape road, but holds on to its lead. GT class remains the domain of the Dick Barbour Racing Porsche GT3R.


After a very promising first afternoon and evening, the LMP 900 BMW of Bscher/Gounon/Lees calls it a day due to accumulated damage and lost time. Jean Marc Gounon is called in for an early bath.


Pos No Drivers Car Class Laps/Time
8, F Biela, T Kristensen, E Pirro, Audi R8 (900), 244 laps
9, L Aiello, A McNish, S Ortelli, Audi R8 (900), + 1 lap
7, M Alboreto, C Abt, R Capello, Audi R8 (900), + 2 laps
3, E Bernard, E Collard, F Montagny, Cadillac LMP (900), + 8 laps
16, S Bourdais, O Grouillard, E Clerico, C Peugeot (900), + 16 laps
12, H Katoh, J O'Connell, P H Raphanel, Panoz Spyder LMP (900), + 18 laps
23, T Suzuki, M Kageyama, M Kageyama, Panoz Spyder LMP (900), +22 laps 52, T Archer, M Duez, P Huisman, Oreca Viper (GTS), + 23 laps
51, O Beretta, K Wendlinger, D Dupuy, Oreca Viper (GTS), + 23 laps
53, D Donohue, N Amorim, A Beltoise, Oreca Viper (GTS), + 24 laps

Class No Driver Car Time
900 9, A McNish Audi R8 3m37.359s


Class No Drivers Car Class Time
32, S Maxwell, J Graham, G Wilkins, Lola Nissan 2K/40, + 71 laps
52, T Archer, M Duez, P Huisman, Oreca Viper (GTS), + 23 laps
83, D Muller, L Luhr, B Wollek, Porsche GT3R, + 32 laps


No Drivers Car Laps Reason
4, M Goossens, C Tinseau, K Kolby, DAM'S Cadillac LMP (900), fire, 5 laps
5, Y Dalmas, N Minassian, J P Belloc, ORECA Reynard-Mopar 2KQ (900), oil pressure, 1 lap
20, J Lammers, P Kox, T Coronel, Konrad Lola B2K/10 (900), retired, 38 laps
33, J D Deletraz, R Kelleners, D Terrien, ROC VW (675), engine, 44 laps
77, C Bouchut, J Chereau, P Gouselard, Porsche GT3-R (GT), accident, 34 laps
34, J-C Boullion, J Gene, G Policand, Reynard Volkswagen (675), engine, 72 laps
24, S Johansson, J Matthews, G Smith, Reynard Judd 2KQ (900), engine, 126 laps
21, M Schiattarella, D de Radigues, E Naspetti, Lola Judd B2K/10 (900), stopped, 154 laps
15, T Bscher, J M Gounon, G Lees, BMW LMP (900), retired, 180 laps

For a full list of race positions at the 15-hour mark click here.


shares
comments
Hour 15: Audi leads. The sun also rises.

Previous article

Hour 15: Audi leads. The sun also rises.

Next article

Hour 16: McNish gets on it!

Hour 16: McNish gets on it!
Load comments
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021
How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations Plus

How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations

Time in a thoroughbred racer leaves you searching for time in yourself, especially when the rewards for total commitment are so high, as our man discovered at Snetterton

GT
Apr 28, 2021
How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

GT
Apr 8, 2021
Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers Plus

Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers

The convergence between the World Endurance Championship and IMSA over LMDh regulations offers a bright future for sportscar racing, but the imminent demise of IMSA's GT Le Mans class creates wider issues to which no catch-all solution exists

GT
Feb 3, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Plus

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it

GT
Jan 23, 2021