Hour 19: Aston Lose Lead in GT1

Corvette took the lead in the close GT1 battle after the 19th hour of the 2005 Le Mans 24 Hours

The #64 Corvette C6-R inherited the place when the leading #58 Aston Martin car of Tomas Enge had to take a five minute repair job in the garage to repair the front splitter.

The Corvette now holds a one-lap advantage over the other Aston Martin, the number 59 car being driven by Stephane Sarrazin. The Subaru WRC driver suffered a left-rear puncture during the hour, but team boss Doug Fehan believes that the advantage gained in the last hour might not be enough to hold on to GT1 victory.

Fehan said: "They are faster than us so this is only the beginning of the fight."

The #58 car fell back to third in the class when it rejoined, only 12 seconds behind its teammate.

Upfront, the #16 Pescarolo Sport of Emanuel Collard continued to gain time on the #3 Champion Racing Audi, now being driven by JJ Lehto. The gap between the pair remains at two laps, but Collard is still lapping five seconds quicker than the seemingly bullet proof Audi. With five hours to go, the race for victory could yet be a close run thing.

The LMP2 class is proving to be a race of attrition, with the highest car in the class way down the overall order in 22nd position. The #37 Paul Belmondo Racing Courage took the lead when its sister car, the #36, had to wheeled into the pits for more repairs.

In GT2 the #71 Alex Job Racing Porsche led for its 13th consecutive hour, now being driven by Marc Lieb.

The Cirtek Motorsport Ferrari 360 retired from 27th overall and 7th in class after being stranded out on the circuit having lost a wheel at the beginning of the lap.

Pos # Drivers Make Class On Hour 19
1 3 Lehto, Werner, Kristensen Audi R8 LM P1
2 16 Collard, Boullion, Comas Pescarolo Judd LM P1
3 2 Biela, Pirro, McNish Audi R8 LM P1
4 4 Montagny, Gounon, Ortelli Audi R8 LM P1
5 17 Loeb, Helary, Ayari Pescarolo Judd LM P1
6 9 Hignett, Stack, Kurosawa Zytek 04S LM P1
7 64 Gavin, Beretta, Magnussen Corvette C6-R LM GT1
8 59 Brabham, Sarrazin, Turner Aston Martin DBR9 LM GT1
9 58 Enge, Kox, Lamy Aston Martin DBR9 LM GT1
10 63 Fellows, O'Connell, Papis Corvette C6-R LM GT1
11 10 Lammers, Julian, Bosch Dome Judd LM P1
12 12 Schwager, Frei, Vann Courage Judd LM P1
13 50 Goueslard, Dupard, Vosse Ferrari 550 Maranello LM GT1
14 71 Hindery, Rockenfell., Lieb Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LM GT2
15 90 Bergmeist., Long, Bernhard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LM GT2
16 61 Fomenko, Vasiliev, Bouchut Ferrari 550 Maranello LM GT1
17 80 Overbeek, Pechnick, Neiman Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LM GT2
18 76 Dumas, Dumez, Narac Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LM GT2
19 18 Short, Barbosa, Ickx Dallara Judd LM P1
20 7 Minassian, CampbellW., Wallace DBA Judd LM P1
21 72 Policand, Campbell, Alphand Porsche 911 GT3 RS LM GT2
22 37 Belmondo, Andre, Sutherland Courage C65 Ford LM P2
23 89 Nielsen, Thyrring, Ehret Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LM GT2
24 36 Gosselin, Ojjeh, Sharpe Courage C65 Ford LM P2
25 25 Erdos, Newton, Hughes Lola MG LM P2
26 30 Bennett, Mitchell, Mullen Courage Judd LM P2
27 92 Macari, Eriksson, Wilson Ferrari 360 Mo. GTC LM GT2
28 83 Collin, Felbermayr, Shep Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LM GT2
29 24 Terada, Roussel, Binnie WR Peugeot LM P2
30 95 Hartshorne, Stanton, Johnson TVR Tuscan 400 R LM GT2
31 78 Sellers, Franchitti, Bourdais Panoz Elan LM GT2
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