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H20: Audi maintain lead

Audi continue to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours, but there was drama in the GT1 class as Tomas Enge spun in spectacular fashion while chasing a podium finish

H19: Audi lead by five laps

Peugeot's lack of pace in the early stages of the race was down to its drivers, says Peugeot's technical director Bruno Famin

H18: Pirro leads a pair of Peugeots

Emanuele Pirro leads Le Mans by four laps in his Audi, ahead of Marc Gene's Peugeot and seven laps clear of Pedro Lamy in the third-placed 908 HDI FAP, but nothing can be taken for granted and teams still have a challenging six hours ahead of them

Disappointment in Audi pit

There was almost a sense of mourning in the Audi pit as Rinaldo Capello returned to the garage after what had, up to lap 262, been a perfect race for the number 2 Audi R10 TDI

H17: Capello crashes, Biela leads

And then there was one. Frank Biela swept into the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours in the sole remaining Audi R10 TDI as his teammate Rinaldo Capello stood with the car that led for 16 hours at the Indianapolis corner following an accident

H12: Audi lead with ease at halfway

Heading towards mid-distance, the diesels continue to lead at Le Mans, with Audi filling first and second positions, and Peugeot chasing in third

H11: Kristensen takes over

The 75th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours has settled into a rhythm with Audi continuing to head the time sheets ahead of Peugeot

H10: LMP2 leaders drop one by one

It seems as though the leader of the LMP2 class is destined to run into trouble at some point

H9: disaster for Quifel in LMP2

Audi continued to press home their advantage with Rinaldo Capello leading Frank Biela by two laps, while Nicolas Minassian drove the No. 7 Peugeot in third place, a further two laps adrift of the leaders

Peugeot remain on top in warm-up

Peugeot continued to hold sway in morning warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebastien Bourdais setting a lap time of 4:00.830 to lead the field in the No. 8 908 HDI FAP

Carmakers seek cost cuts explanation

Ferrari and Porsche have both sought clarification from the ACO following the announcement that the French club wants to reduce the cost of the cars and bring them more into line with the road car prices, and the cost of running them in competition

Audi leaving future options wide open

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi motorsport, has refused to commit to Le Mans beyond the life of the R10 TDI project in the wake of the ACO's commitment to run closed prototypes from 2010 onwards

Peugeot, Audi battle in the wet

Peugeot may have the measure of Audi on speed in the dry after second qualifying on Wednesday night, but the third session of qualifying saw the two manufacturers go head to head in the wet for the first time, and there was little to choose between them

Enge still in pain from injuries

Tomas Enge has admitted that he is still in pain from the injuries he sustained at St Petersburg in April

McNish sure of Kristensen fitness

Allan McNish has little doubt that Tom Kristensen is fully fit for this year's Le Mans 24 hours

Bourdais ecstatic with the 908

Sebastien Bourdais was full of praise for the Peugeot 908 after the Frenchman set the fastest time at the official Le Mans 24 Hours test on Sunday

Peugeot top testing with lap record

Sebastien Bourdais drew first blood for Peugeot in the battle of the diesels when the 28-year-old Frenchman set a new lap record around the re-profiled 13.629km circuit in the 908 shared with Pedro Lamy and Stephane Sarrazin

Kristensen's Record Seven Wins

Denmark's Tom Kristensen: winner of a record-breaking seven 24 Hour of Le Mans victories

Loeb Wants Le Mans Return

Sebastien Loeb wants to compete in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, despite watching teammate Soheil Ayari crash his car out of this year's race

Hour 18: Lehto Leads

JJ Lehto continues to lead the 73rd edition of the Le Mans 24-hours in the Champion Audi that he shares with Marco Werner and Tom Kristensen. The Finn has a lap and a half lead over the Pescarolo of Erik Comas, who has picked up where he left off shortly before dawn and is lapping in the 3m38 to 3m40 bracket

Hour 17: Comas Maintains Pressure

After six Le Mans victories, Tom Kristensen is allowed the occasional mistake, as long as he gets away with them. At the start of the 17th hour he made his first of the weekend

Tyre Problem Costs McNish

Tyre delamination cost Allan McNish any chance of challenging Tom Kristensen for victory at Le Mans, Autosport-Atlas can reveal

Goh Tips Record Kristensen Win

Kazumichi Goh, the Japanese team owner who won the Le Mans 24-hours in 2004, believes Tom Kristensen is on course for his record seventh victory at Le Mans, his sixth at Le Mans this century and will maintain his unbeaten run since 2000

Hour 14: Collard Continues Charge

The hours around dawn are usually pivotal to any 24-hour race. Those who make it through the 'strange' hours will use the cooler temperatures and the light of sunrise to set their fastest laps of the race. The number three Champion Racing Audi of Tom Kristensen continues to lead the sister car of Allan McNish

Richards Enjoying Race

David Richards maintains that he is still enjoying his endurance racing experience, despite being in his pit garage at 4:30am watching his Aston Martin cars embroiled in a titanic battle with the Chevrolet Corvettes

Comas Keeps Pressure on Audi

Erik Comas still believes that Audi will need to have problems if his Pescarolo is to beat the Champion Racing Audi R8s ahead

Punctures Causing Problems

Punctures have been a feature of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and each of the major tyre manufacturers have suffered cut tyres this year

LMP2 Leader Hits Trouble

The Intersport Racing Lola of Liz Halliday, Gregor Fisken and Sam Hancock, which led the LMP2 class for much of Saturday evening, has suffered injector problems, costing it a two-lap cushion and the lead of the class

Ayari, Verdon-Roe Exchange Blame

Pescarolo's Soheil Ayari and Rollcentre's Bobby Verdon-Roe each blamed each other for the midnight crash that is almost certain to prevent Pescarolo from grabbing a win at the Le Mans race

Hour 8: Lehto Takes Over

JJ Lehto has taken over the lead car from Tom Kristensen, after the Dane duelled with Audi teammate Frank Biela to maintain his one lap advantage at the front

Hour 7: Aston Back in Class Lead

Tom Kristensen, the six-time Le Mans winner who is aiming to beat Jacky Ickx's record of overall wins this year, is going the right way about it as the Dane leads the race by a lap over the sister Champion Racing Audi R8 of Frank Biela