Hour 2: Kristensen pulls ahead

The number 7 Bentley continues to serenely lead the way at Le Mans, now with Tom Kristensen at the wheel, but trouble has hit several of the machine's key challengers

Hour 2: Kristensen pulls ahead

The most significant incident saw the Audi Sport UK R8 run out of fuel on the 30th lap, whilst trying to stretch its fuel mileage in order to combat the extra speed of the Bentleys.

Whilst the British marque's cars continue to run in first and second position, it hasn't been entirely plain sailing for the team. The second-placed Bentley was forced to make an extra pit stop after what the team described as "something dangerous" worked loose and began flapping around the cockpit. The car was quickly able to continue, but has dropped nearly 40s to its sister machine.

The Champion Audi has taken up the chase behind the Bentleys. The American team was able to stretch its fuel mileage to 15 laps, enough to pass the Audi Sport Japan machine on the second round of pit stops.

The number 88 Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari continues to lead in the GTS class, although trouble has hit the sister machine of Anthony Davidson, Darren Turner and Kelvin Burt. A gear selection problem necessitated a long pit stop and has dropped the car to fourth in class, lifting the Luc Alphand Aventures Ferrari into second. Frank Freon in third in the Chevrolet Corvette.

The Noel del Bello Racing Reynard leads the LMP675class, whilst an epic battle is raging in the GT class. The Alex Job Racing Porshce leads, but is only a few seconds ahead of The Racer's Group's similar machine, with the Seikel Motorsports entry not much further behind.

Kristensen/Capello/Smith Bentley 31 laps
Brabhan/Herbert/Blundell Bentley +36.184s
Pirro/Lehto/Johansson Audi +1m04.138s
Ara/Magnussen/Werner Audi +1m18.406s
Lammers/Bosch/Wallace Dome Judd +3m27.611s
Beretta/Jeannette/Papis Panoz 30 laps
Boullion/Lagorce/Sarrazin Courage-Peugeot 30 laps
Helary/Ayari/Minassian Courage-Peugeot 30 laps
Cochet/Gounon/Gregoire Courage-Judd 30 laps
Ortiz/Gabbiani/Gommendy Dome-Judd 30 laps

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