Hour 11: Speed and survival

The LMP 675 class has been quietly falling apart, as we approach 03:00 hrs. Not so the Bentleys and the Audis which continue remorselessly into the night. Tom Kristensen is out in the lead Bentley and still pumping in low 3m40s laps. The Audis are generally lapping in the mid to high 3m40s, although the surprising Marco Werner is keeping Stefan Johanssen and David Brabham ahead of him honest

Hour 11: Speed and survival

The LMP 675 class leading #29 Reynard Lehman found the gravel earlier on in the hour, in the hands of Jean Luc Maury Laribiere, but recovered and retains the class lead in 19th overall. Gavin Pickering was looking good to mount a challenge in the #24 WR, but some unidentified problem and several spins kept him back in second and 25th overall.

The Veloqx Prodrive Ferraris have proven they lack neither speed nor reliability so far and lead the GTS class cars. Kox, Enge and Davies continue to show the rookie trio of Davidson, Burt and Turner the way. Fingers crossed though, last year the only Prodrive entry made it to the 13th hour as class leader before unexpectedly melting.

The race for the GT class has been tight all night, with the top three all on the same lap. The pressure proved too much for one car, however, when Johnny Mowlem's GT class leading Porsche blew up, handing the rolling honours to the Orbit Racing car piloted by Hindery, Baron and Porsche Junior driver Lieb.

Kristensen/Capello/Smith Bentley 173 laps
Brabham/Herbert/Blundell Bentley 173 laps
Pirro/Lehto/Johansson Audi 172 laps
Ara/Magnussen/Werner Audi 169 laps
Lammers/Bosch/Wallace Dome-Judd 166 laps
Beretta/Jeannette/Papis Panoz 164 laps
Cochet/Gounon/Gregoire Courage Judd 164 laps
Helary/Ayari/Minassian Courage Peugeot 163 laps
Saelens/Maxwell/Leuenberger Panoz Elan 162 laps
Boullion/Lagorce/Sarrazin Courage Peugeot 161 laps

Andre/Maury-Laribiere/Pillon Reynard Lehman 149 laps
Terada/Porta/Pickering WR Peugeot 139 laps
Briere/Daoudi/Defournoux WR 131 laps

Kox/Enge/Davies Ferrari 550 158 laps
Burt/Davidson/Turner Ferrari 550 157 laps
Gavin/Pilgrim/Collins Ferrari 550 154 laps

Hindrey/Baron/Leib Porsche 911 144 laps
Luhr/Maasen/Collard Porsche 911 144 laps
Yogo/Nishizawa/Iida Porsche 911 142 laps

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