24 Hours of Le Mans H14: Nakajima continues Alonso, Toyota charge

The two Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs are split by under eight seconds after Kazuki Nakajima replaced Fernando Alonso and hounded the #7 car on the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit

24 Hours of Le Mans H14: Nakajima continues Alonso, Toyota charge

Nakajima had continued where Fernando Alonso left off by relentlessly hounding the quadruple stinting Jose Maria Lopez, with the #8 TS050 HYBRID still proving to be quicker than the sister car.

He worked the gap down to just five seconds before an early stop for fuel, and he worked his way back to being just a few seconds adrift when Lopez finally handed over to Kamui Kobayashi.

The 14th hour then ended with Nakajima looking to be in a close battle to depose the long-time leading #7 car as he closed to seven and a half seconds behind Kobayashi.

Rebellion Racing again swapped positions when a technical problem forced Neel Jan into the pits for almost 10 minutes and allowed Gustavo Menezes to move the #3 car back ahead of the sister #1 R-13 into third.

Renger van der Zande is still mired in the LMP2 backmarkers and is a lap down on the car ahead aboard the DragonSpeed BR1 for fifth in class.

Charlie Robertson has made the most of clean running for the remaining Manor-Ginetta, climbing to 35th overall and sixth in LMP1.

Former McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button is back in the #11 SMP Racing BR1 down in 54th place and he is again lapping at a consistent LMP1 privateer pace.

No LMP2 change as Vergne holds sway

Jean-Eric Vergne continued to dominate the LMP2 division for G-Drive after 14 hours at Le Mans, as Will Stevens began to put a buffer between himself and third place.

Vergne, who last pitted on lap 211, has a one-lap lead over Stevens' Panis-Barthez Ligier, which took back the second position from the Signatech-Alpine of Andre Negrao shortly after the conclusion of the 20th round of pitstops at the end of the 13th hour.

Negrao has gradually fallen away from Stevens and was 24s behind on lap 217, while Paul Lafargue - who has pitted 23 times to the others' 21 because it can only do nine-lap stints - remains fourth in the IDEC Sport ORECA, albiet 2m47s behind Negrao.

Despite having to serve a one minute stop/go penalty when Tristan Gommendy was caught speeding in a slow zone, the #39 Graf-So24 ORECA runs fifth in the hands of Vincent Capillaire after Loic Duval handed the #28 TDS Racing ORECA back to gentleman driver Francois Perrodo.

Perrodo has also slipped behind the sixth-placed #22 United Autosport Ligier of Paul di Resta, the first car three laps down.

Juan-Pablo Montoya is back behind the wheel of the sister #32 United Autosport car in the eighth position following his earlier crash, while Norman Nato (SMP Dallara) and Pastor Maldonado (DragonSpeed ORECA) complete the top 10.

#91 Porsche retaliates but #92 still ahead in GTE

Laurens Vanthoor remained in the lead of GTE-Pro after taking over the #92 Porsche from Michael Christensen but had Fred Makowiecki chipping away at his advantage in the sister #91 car.

Vanthoor had around 2m25s in hand following the 14th round of stops, but the gap had been reduced to 2m17s by the end of the hour.

Sebastien Bourdais remained third in the #68 Ford, but confirmation of a one minute stop/go for Pipo Derani's #52 Ferrari - the result of speeding in a slow zone - would drop the Brazilian down the order after the hour mark and benefit the #67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, which survived a gravelly moment at Mulsanne Corner.

Meanwhile the #77 Dempsey - Proton Racing Porsche continued to lead in GTE-Am with team boss Christian Reid at the wheel, ahead of Jeroen Bleekemolen's #84 Risi Ferrari, with Giancarlo Fisichella only 23s further back in third.

Positions after 14 hours

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez 228
2 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Nakajima, Alonso 228 + 7.501s
3 LMP1 #3 Rebellion Laurent, Beche, Menezes 220 + 8 Laps
4 LMP1 #1 Rebellion Lotterer, Jani, Senna 219 + 9 Laps
5 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Pizzitola, Vergne 217 + 11 Laps
6 LMP2 #23 Ligier Buret, Canal, Stevens 216 + 12 Laps
7 LMP2 #36 Alpine Lapierre, Negrao, Thiriet 216 + 21.187s
8 LMP2 #48 Oreca Lafargue, Chatin, Rojas 215 + 13 Laps
9 LMP2 #39 Oreca Capillaire, Hirschi, Gommendy 214 + 14 Laps
10 LMP2 #22 Ligier Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta 214 + 57.902s
11 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Duval 214 + 59.386s
12 LMP2 #32 Ligier De Sadeleer, Owen, Montoya 214 + 2m53.258s
13 LMP2 #35 Dallara Shaitar, Newey, Nato 212 + 16 Laps
14 LMP2 #31 Oreca Gonzalez, Maldonado, Berthon 211 + 17 Laps
15 LMP2 #29 Dallara Van Eerd, Van Der Garde, Lammers 210 + 18 Laps
16 LMP2 #37 Oreca Jaafar, Jeffri, Tan 209 + 19 Laps
17 LMP2 #44 Ligier Bertolini, Jonsson, Krohn 209 + 41.885s
18 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Nasr 208 + 20 Laps
19 LMP2 #33 Ligier Cheng, Boulle, Nicolet 208 + 55.123s
20 LMP1 #10 BR Hedman, Hanley, Van Der Zande 206 + 22 Laps
21 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Richelmi, Aubry 205 + 23 Laps
22 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor 202 + 26 Laps
23 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Bruni, Makowiecki 202 + 2m18.826s
24 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Bourdais 201 + 27 Laps
25 GTE Pro #52 Ferrari Vilander, Giovinazzi, Derani 201 + 21.239s
26 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Kanaan 201 + 1m48.915s
27 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 201 + 2m09.425s
28 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Rockenfeller 201 + 2m28.145s
29 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra 200 + 28 Laps
30 GTE Pro #82 BMW Farfus, Felix Da Costa, Sims 199 + 29 Laps
31 GTE Pro #95 Aston Sorensen, Thiim, Turner 199 + 1m23.044s
32 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 198 + 30 Laps
33 GTE Pro #81 BMW Tomczyk, Catsburg, Eng 198 + 1m28.897s
34 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Gutierrez, Guibbert 197 + 31 Laps
35 LMP1 #5 Ginetta Robertson, Simpson, Roussel 197 + 1h05m19.630s
36 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 197 + 1h05m51.558s
37 GTE Am #77 Porsche Campbell, Ried, Andlauer 197 + 1h06m34.477s
38 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 196 + 32 Laps
39 GTE Pro #97 Aston Lynn, Martin, Adam 196 + 2.501s
40 GTE Am #85 Ferrari Keating, Bleekemolen, Stolz 196 + 51.829s
41 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella 196 + 1m17.424s
42 LMP2 #50 Ligier Creed, Ricci, Dagoneau 196 + 1m53.965s
43 GTE Am #99 Porsche Long, Pappas, Pumpelly 196 + 3m11.336s
44 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Griffin, Macneil, Segal 196 + 3m12.260s
45 GTE Am #56 Porsche Bergmeister, Lindsey, Perfetti 195 + 33 Laps
46 GTE Am #88 Porsche Cairoli, Al Qubaisi, Roda 195 + 37.976s
47 GTE Pro #93 Porsche Pilet, Tandy, Bamber 195 + 2m25.720s
48 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Griffin, Sawa 195 + 2m47.793s
49 GTE Am #80 Porsche Babini, Nielsen, Maris 195 + 3m00.999s
50 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Eastwood 193 + 35 Laps
51 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Davison 192 + 36 Laps
52 GTE Am #70 Ferrari Ishikawa, Beretta, Cheever 189 + 39 Laps
53 LMP1 #11 BR Petrov, Aleshin, Button 176 + 52 Laps
54 LMP2 #25 Ligier Patterson, De Jong, Kim 149 + 79 Laps
55 LMP1 #6 Ginetta Rowland, Brundle, Turvey 137 + 91 Laps
56 LMP1 #17 BR Sarrazin, Orudzhev, Isaakyan 123 + 105 Laps
57 GTE Pro #94 Porsche Dumas, Bernhard, Muller 92 + 136 Laps
58 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 92 + 6m08.912s
59 LMP1 #4 Enso Webb, Kraihamer, Dillmann 65 + 163 Laps
60 LMP2 #34 Ligier Taylor, Ledogar, Heinemeier-Hansson 195 Retired
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