18hrs: Audis fill top three

Thanks to an incident for the Pescarolo-Judd that had been in third place, Audis now fill the top three in the Le Mans 24 Hours. JJ Lehto has taken the Champion Audi into the final podium position, while just 90 seconds split the first two

18hrs: Audis fill top three

Eric Comas handed over the Pescarolo car to Benoit Treluyer, who promptly had an accident on his out lap when he went flying over the kerbs at one of the Mulsanne chicanes and hit the barrier. The car was towed out, given a quick once-over in the pits and sent back out, but third place had already been lost.

The Pescarolo-Judd halted at the end of pitlane with an electronic issue, but the problem was addressed by his mechanics. But there are concerns about whether it was legal to work on the car away from its pit box. For the time being, it is running in fourth, with a five-lap cushion over its sister car.

Tom Kristensen still leads in the Team Goh Audi, but tyre concerns have meant a couple of unscheduled stops for the car. The leading pair are now back in sync as a result of Kristensen's short stints, and the gap is down to about a minute and a half.

In GTS, the Peter Kox/Tomas Enge/Alain Menu Prodrive Ferrari that won last year is still leading comfortably ahead of the Corvette. Although Oliver Gavin has made small inroads, the five-lap gap is too big for it to think of taking the lead without a problem for the 550 Maranello.

Ara/Capello/Kristensen Audi R8 LM1 282 laps completed
Davies/Herbert/Smith Audi R8 LM1 282 laps
Lehto/Werner/Pirro Audi R8 LM1 273 laps
Ayari/Comas/Treluyer Pescarolo-Judd LM1 270 laps
Collard/Bourdais/Minassian Pescarolo-Judd LM1 265 laps
Enge/Kox/Menu Ferrari 550 GTS 261 laps
Coronel/Wilson/Firman Dome-Judd LM1 256 laps
Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen Corvette GTS 256 laps
Biela/Kaffer/McNish Audi R8 LM1 253 laps
Andre/Leuenberger/Vanni Lola-Judd LM1 252 laps
Fellows/O'Connell/Papis Corvette GTS 250 laps
Lammers/Dyson/Kaneishi Dome-Judd LM1 248 laps
Kelleners/Ortelli/Dumas Porsche GT 245 laps
Maasen/Bergmeister/Long Porsche GT 242 laps
McRae/Rydell/Turner Ferrari 550 GTS 242 laps
Bouchut/Goueslard/Dupard Ferrari 550 GTS 240 laps
Kurosawa/Nishizawa/Oriodo Porsche GT 239 laps
Burgess/Collin/Bagnall Porsche GT 236 laps
Alphand/Laveille/Almeras Porsche GT 235 laps
Donaldson/Fisken/Nielsen Porsche GT 234 laps
Wilson/Montain/Hugenholtz Ferrari 360 GT 233 laps
Stirling/Lupberger/McGarrity Nasamax-Judd LM1 232 laps
Berridge/Caine/Stockton TVR GT 230 laps
Newton/Erdos/Kinch Lola-MG LM1 227 laps
Nielsen/Elgaard/Moller Lister LM1 224 laps
Khan/Smith/Sugden Porsche GT 220 laps
Tomlinson/Greensall/Evans TVR GT 218 laps
Binnie/Field/Sutherland Lola-Judd LM2 208 laps
Terada/Roussel/Porta WR LM2 191 laps
Sharpe/Hyde/Cunningham Morgan GT 164 laps
Bouvet/Gommendy/Briere WR LM2 137 laps
Short/Barff/Barbosa Dallara-Judd LM1 230 laps
Hindery/Lieb/Rockenfeller Porsche GT 223 laps
Katoh/Michigami/Fukuda Dome-Mugen LM1 206 laps
Hezemans/Deletraz/Barde Ferrari 575 GTS 200 laps
Bosch/Sullivan/Biagi Ferrari 575 GTS 167 laps
Wallace/Brabham/Shimoda Zytek LM1 163 laps
Rosa/van Merkstein/Caffi Porsche GT 148 laps
Melo/Daoudi/de Fournoux Ferrari 360 GT 133 laps
Frei/Gounon/Hancock Courage-AER LM2 127 laps
Jeanette/Pickering/Derlot Courage-Willman LM2 124 laps
Maurylaribiere/Boulay/Besson Reynard-Lehman LM1 122 laps
Belmondo/Gosselin/Saviozzi Courage-AER LM2 80 laps
Vasiliev/Fomenko/Nearn Porsche GT 65 laps
Bourdais/Blanchemain/Berville Panoz LM1 54 laps
Andrews/Lockie/Kumpen Lola-Caterpillar LM1 35 laps
Field/Dayton/Connor Lola-Judd LM1 29 laps
Warnock/Matthews/Daniels Porsche 27 laps


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