H2: #1 Audi e-tron edges away in Le Mans lead

The #1 Audi e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer stretched its advantage over the sister #2 e-tron quattro over the second hour of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

H2: #1 Audi e-tron edges away in Le Mans lead

Only Allan McNish was able to stay within one minute of Lotterer, as Toyota's Alex Wurz gradually slipped back a little during the hour before once again having to pit earlier than the Audis, dropping him back from the lead fight.

Loic Duval and Mike Rockenfeller in the #3 and #4 Audi R18 ultras were also able to match the lead pace, but remain slightly adrift after small issues in the opening hour.

Duval, who had to make an extra stop, is currently third overall, while Rockenfeller worked his way up to seventh, having dropped out of the top 10 following garage checks on his R18.

Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi, who took over in the #7 and #8 Toyotas respectively just before the second hour, lie fourth and fifth.

Nick Heidfeld meanwhile remains the lead non-factory LMP1, currently sixth in the #12 Rebellion Lola.

Across in LMP2 Olivier Pla moved into a lead of around 20s in the #24 OAK Racing Morgan-Judd.

Tom Kimber-Smith captured second for the #44 Starworks HPD, although he remains closely shadowed by Soheil Ayari in the #49 Pecom ORECA-Nissan.

John Martin in the polesitting ADR-Delta ORECA slipped from an early class lead to ninth at the end of the second hour after pit issues and a spin.

GTE Pro remains a duel between Corvette and Aston Martin, although Gianmaria Bruni temporarily led in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari as a result of being able to stay out for one lap longer.

Oliver Gavin had moved ahead of Stefan Mucke (Aston Martin) to give the #74 Corvette the lead, only for Mucke to regain the advantage shortly after.

Corvette took over at front following the second round of stops, but Darren Turner - replacing Mucke - passed the newly installed Tommy Milner to reclaim the advantage.

Sean Pumpelly meanwhile extending his advantage in the GTE Am class, his #79 Flying Lizard Porsche now well clear of the field.

His cause was aided by technical issues for the #99 Aston Martin Vantage, which lost several laps as a result of a misfire which the team could find no definite cause for.

NOTES

- The quickest LMP1 qualifier, Strakka Racing's HPD, was pushed back into the garage before the start and joined the race on lap six.

- The #17 Pescarolo started the race from the pitlane after an engine change ran late. The team's #16 Dome also pitted with drivetrain issues.

- Misfire for #99 Aston Martin Vantage hands #79 Flying Lizard Porsche sizeable GTE Am lead.

POSITIONS AFTER 2 HOURS Pos Car Drivers Class Laps Gap 1. #1 Audi Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer LMP1 33 2. #2 Audi McNish/Capello/Kristensen LMP1 33 + 35.578s 3. #3 Audi Gene/Dumas/Duval LMP1 33 + 2m18.894s 4. #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima LMP1 33 + 2m34.676s 5. #8 Toyota Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin LMP1 33 + 2m47.542s 6. #12 Lola Prost/Heidfeld/Jani LMP1 32 + 1 Lap 7. #4 Audi Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1 32 + 12.853s 8. #13 Lola Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat LMP1 32 + 50.411s 9. #15 OAK Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette LMP1 32 + 1m39.246s 10. #22 HPD Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok LMP1 32 + 2m05.100s 11. #24 Morgan Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla LMP2 31 + 2 Laps 12. #44 HPD Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith LMP2 31 + 23.817s 13. #49 Oreca Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari LMP2 31 + 28.643s 14. #35 Morgan H Hansson/Leinders/Martin LMP2 31 + 42.976s 15. #48 Oreca Firth/Hartley/Hughes LMP2 31 + 44.762s 16. #46 Oreca Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau LMP2 31 + 53.504s 17. #42 Zytek Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez LMP2 31 + 1m30.639s 18. #33 HPD Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz LMP2 31 + 1m46.672s 19. #25 Oreca Martin/Charouz/Graves LMP2 31 + 1m48.749s 20. #23 Oreca Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard LMP2 31 + 2m08.402s 21. #26 Oreca Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov LMP2 31 + 2m37.328s 22. #45 Oreca Briere/Nakano/Petersen LMP2 30 + 3 Laps 23. #38 Zytek Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa LMP2 30 + 0.123s 24. #30 Lola Sims/Buurman/Iannetta LMP2 30 + 58.606s 25. #31 Lola Holzer/Schultis/Moro LMP2 30 + 1m16.420s 26. #41 Zytek Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez LMP2 30 + 1m34.191s 27. #43 Norma Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion LMP2 29 + 4 Laps 28. #51 Ferrari Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander GTEP 29 + 4.265s 29. #97 Aston Mucke/Fernandez/Turner GTEP 29 + 51.672s 30. #74 Corvette Gavin/Westbrook/Milner GTEP 29 + 53.370s 31. #79 Porsche Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet GTEA 29 + 1m56.522s 32. #77 Porsche Lietz/Lieb/Henzler GTEP 29 + 2m09.247s 33. #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor GTEP 29 + 2m09.607s 34. #67 Porsche Pons/Armindo/Narac GTEA 29 + 2m37.523s 35. #66 Ferrari Walker/Cocker/Wills GTEP 28 + 5 Laps 36. #83 Ferrari Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte GTEA 28 + 2.312s 37. #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti GTEA 28 + 18.287s 38. #71 Ferrari Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci GTEP 28 + 22.541s 39. #81 Ferrari Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin GTEA 28 + 40.195s 40. #58 Ferrari Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo GTEA 28 + 46.392s 41. #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy GTEA 28 + 1m13.084s 42. #40 Oreca Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry LMP2 28 + 1m39.868s 43. #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo GTEA 28 + 1m40.719s 44. #75 Porsche al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards GTEA 28 + 2m15.243s 45. #70 Corvette Bourret/Gibon/Belloc GTEA 28 + 3m26.825s 46. #59 Ferrari Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher GTEP 28 + 3m53.697s 47. #61 Ferrari Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers GTEA 27 + 6 Laps 48. #55 Porsche Daniels/Palttala/Camathias GTEA 27 + 41.811s 49. #17 Dome Minassian/Bourdais/Ara LMP1 27 + 2m02.886s 50. #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts LMP1 26 + 7 Laps 51. #80 Porsche Bergmeister/Long/Holzer GTEP 25 + 8 Laps 52. #0 DeltaWing Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama CDNT 21 + 12 Laps 53. #99 Aston Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen GTEA 20 + 13 Laps 54. #29 Lola Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan LMP2 17 + 16 Laps 55. #28 Lola Giroix/Badey/Johansson LMP2 15 + 18 Laps 56. #16 Pescarolo Collard/Bouillon/Hall LMP1 4 + 29 Laps 
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