Jan Lammers escaped a high-speed spin in his Racing for Holland Dome-Judd, and continues to run in fifth place in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Dutchman lost control of his Dome under braking and pirouetted several times before coming to rest in a gravel trap. Despite damage to his rear wheel Lammers was able to crawl back to the pits where Andy Wallace took over and continued to run at a strong pace.
The incident should have allowed the chasing #11 Panoz to close right up, but at almost the same moment Gunnar Jeannette locked up and went straight on into the barriers at Arnage. Although able to continue, an opportunity to make up ground was lost.
Problems continued for the Luc Alphand Ferrari 550 Maranello. After the machine's earlier steering problems, owner/driver Alphand then stuck the car in the gravel, necessitating another stop and dropping the car to fifth in class.
The race order continues to be largely static elsewhere, except inevitably for the GT class, where the Alex Job Racing machine is back ahead of its Orbit Racing challenger.
Anthony Davidson's crash that ended the race for the #80 Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari was caused by a wheel-bearing failure. The Briton has received a brain-scan in hospital, but is believed to be unhurt.
Positions after hour 15
Pos Drivers Car Laps
1 Kristensen/Capello/Smith Bentley 268 laps
2 Brabham/Herbert/Blundell Bentley 267 laps
3 Pirro/Lehto/Johansson Audi 265 laps
4 Ara/Magnussen/Werner Audi 261 laps
5 Lammers/Bosch/Wallace Dome-Judd 256 laps
6 Beretta/Jeannette/Papis Panoz 255 laps
7 Cochet/Gounon/Gregoire Courage-Judd 254 laps
8 Helary/Ayari/Minassian Courage-Peugeot 254 laps
9 Boullion/Lagorce/Sarrazin Courage-Peugeot 252 laps
10 Kox/Enge/Davies Ferrari 550 245 laps*
* GTS class
1 Kox/Enge/Davies Ferrari 550 245 laps
2 Gavin/Pilgrim/Collins Corvette 240 laps
3 Fellows/O Connell/Freon Corvette 228 laps
1 Andre/Maury-Laribiere/Pillon Reynard-Lehmann 231 laps
2 Nielsen/Shimoda/Elgaard DBA-Zytek 197 laps
3 Briere/Daoudi/Defournoux WR 172 laps
1 Luhr/Maassen/Collard Porsche 226 laps
2 Hindery/Baron/Lieb Porsche 224 laps
3 Neugarten/Smith/Khan Porsche 219 laps
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