8hrs: No change at the top
It is still stalemate at the top of the order in the Le Mans 24 hours. The last hour has been Johnny Herbert versus Rinaldo Capello, but the two have prove to be evenly matched. No driver on either team is showing a weakness, so it may now take something special for the Team Goh R8 to get back on the same lap as the Audi UK car.
Emanuele Pirro has handed over the Champion Audi to JJ Lehto as it continues to work its way back into the top six. It's looming behind the GTS leaders now, and looks set to put them back in their place in the hour to come.
In GTS, Olivier Beretta has set a cracking pace, with the car's fastest lap of the race during the hour. The gap between his Corvette (shared with Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin) and the chasing Ferrari (Tomas Enge/Peter Kox/Alain Menu) is now just over two minutes. Kox handed over to star driver Enge during the hour.
The second Prodrive car continues to have its problems, most recently with a spin by Darren Turner in the Dunlop Chicane. It did not cost the Briton a lot of time, but was hardly a help for a car that was already playing catchup.
"It was a very disappointing way to finish a good run for me," said Turner. "There was a problem on the downshift. But the car looks really good otherwise."
The only other incident in the hour was Chris Dyson losing the Dome-Judd into a gravel trap. This lost the troubled Racing for Holland car more time, but it eventually made it back to the pits.
Allan McNish is reported to have left hospital following his earlier accident in the Audi R8. His team-mates Frank Biela and Pierre Kaffer are still running with the repaired car.
Davies/Herbert/Smith Audi R8 LM1 125 laps completed
Ara/Capello/Kristensen Audi R8 LM1 124 laps
Ayari/Comas/Treluyer Pescarolo-Judd LM1 121 laps
Short/Barff/Barbosa Dallara-Judd LM1 120 laps
Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen Corvette GTS 117 laps
Enge/Kox/Menu Ferrari 550 GTS 117 laps
Lehto/Werner/Pirro Audi R8 LM1 116 laps
Katoh/Michigami/Fukuda Dome-Mugen LM1 115 laps
Wallace/Brabham/Shimoda Zytek LM1 113 laps
Coronel/Wilson/Firman Dome-Judd LM1 112 laps
Andre/Leuenberger/Vanni Lola-Judd LM1 111 laps
Collard/Bourdais/Minassian Pescarolo-Judd LM1 110 laps
Maasen/Bergmeister/Long Porsche GT 110 laps
Lammers/Dyson/Kaneishi Dome-Judd LM1 110 laps
Bosch/Sullivan/Biagi Ferrari 575 GTS 110 laps
Kelleners/Ortelli/Dumas Porsche GT 109 laps
McRae/Rydell/Turner Ferrari 550 GTS 108 laps
Rosa/van Merkstein/Caffi Porsche GT 107 laps
Bouchut/Goueslard/Dupard Ferrari 550 GTS 107 laps
Melo/Daoudi/de Fournoux Ferrari 360 GT 106 laps
Alphand/Laveille/Almeras Porsche GT 106 laps
Hindery/Lieb/Rockenfeller Porsche GT 105 laps
Kurosawa/Nishizawa/Oriodo Porsche GT 105 laps
Wilson/Montain/Hugenholtz Ferrari 360 GT 105 laps
Burgess/Collin/Bagnall Porsche GT 105 laps
Berridge/Caine/Stockton TVR GT 104 laps
Fellows/O'Connell/Papis Corvette GTS 104 laps
Binnie/Field/Sutherland Lola-Judd LM2 104 laps
Frei/Gounon/Hancock Courage-AER LM2 104 laps
Donaldson/Fisken/Nielsen Porsche GT 103 laps
Nielsen/Elgaard/Moller Lister LM1 103 laps
Biela/Kaffer/McNish Audi R8 LM1 102 laps
Stirling/Lupberger/McGarrity Nasamax-Judd LM1 100 laps
Hezemans/Deletraz/Barde Ferrari 575 GTS 100 laps
Khan/Smith/Sugden Porsche GT 98 laps
Jeanette/Pickering/Derlot Courage-Willman LM2 97 laps
Tomlinson/Greensall/Evans TVR GT 96 laps
Maurylaribiere/Boulay/Besson Reynard-Lehman LM1 92 laps
Newton/Erdos/Kinch Lola-MG LM1 83 laps
Terada/Roussel/Porta WR LM2 68 laps
Sharpe/Hyde/Cunningham Morgan 67 laps
Bouvet/Gommendy/Briere WR LM2 53 laps
Vasiliev/Fomenko/Nearn Porsche GT 80 laps
Belmondo/Gosselin/Saviozzi Courage-AER LM2 65 laps
Bourdais/Blanchemain/Berville Panoz LM1 54 laps
Andrews/Lockie/Kumpen Lola-Caterpillar LM1 35 laps
Field/Dayton/Connor Lola-Judd 29 laps
Warnock/Matthews/Daniels Porsche 27 laps
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