Hour 21: #1 Porsche retires, LMP2 #38 ORECA leads Le Mans overall

The LMP2-specification #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibson 07 of Thomas Laurent leads the Le Mans 24 Hours after the #1 Porsche retired from the race

Hour 21: #1 Porsche retires, LMP2 #38 ORECA leads Le Mans overall

While the #1 Porsche of Andre Lotterer, sharing with Neel Jani and Nick Tandy, had completed one more lap than Laurent at the end of the 21st hour, it is officially out.

Lotterer reported a drop in oil pressure early in the hour while leading by 13 laps and was ordered to switch off the engine.

This occurred at the start of the lap, and he made prolonged attempts to get it back to the pits using only electrical power.

But after stopping and starting several times, he was eventually forced to give up on the Mulsanne straight.

The #38 ORECA moved to the top of the timing screens when the #1 Porsche was pulled out.

However, Porsche is still on target to win the race, as the #2 car driven by Brendon Hartley has the pace and the time to climb from its current second place to lead as it recovers from an earlier change of the front motor.

It is two laps behind the leader, and got ahead of the #13 Rebellion ORECA of Mathias Beche late in the 21st hour.

Beche had to serve an engine-off stop/go penalty for a pitstop infringement, which made Hartley's job easier.

The only other LMP1 car still running is the #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, but that does not have the time to clear the leading LMP2 cars unless they hit trouble.

The #35 Signatech ORECA runs third in the hands of Pierre Ragues ahead of the #32 United Autosports Ligier of Hugo de Sadeleer.

ASTON PASSES CORVETTE IN GTE PRO

Daniel Serra's remarkable weekend - he broke the lap record twice earlier this morning in the #97 Vantage - continued as he passed Jan Magnussen for the lead of GTE Pro shortly before the turn of the hour.

Serra skilfully rode the slipstream of a passing LMP2 to get alongside and pass into the first chicane on the Mulsanne Straight.

Magnussen maintained the gap thereafter, but the real threat remains the out-of-sequence #91 Pilet/Makowiecki/Lietz Porsche that is likely to have to make one fewer stop, and which will retake the lead when the Aston and Corvette next stop.

Andy Priaulx is in fourth place in the fastest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-entered Ford GTs, 35s down on Pilet and currently on a similar pitstop schedule.

In GTE Am the #84 JMW Ferrari shared by Will Stevens, Robert Smith and Dries Vanthoor continues to lead by over a lap from the similar #55 Spirit of Race 488.

POSITIONS AFTER 21 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 317
2 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 315 + 2 Laps
3 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 315 + 21.503s
4 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 315 + 35.370s
5 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 314 + 3 Laps
6 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 313 + 4 Laps
7 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 312 + 5 Laps
8 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 312 + 27.460s
9 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 306 + 11 Laps
10 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 306 + 18.287s
11 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 303 + 14 Laps
12 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 302 + 15 Laps
13 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 297 + 20 Laps
14 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 297 + 8.687s
15 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 296 + 21 Laps
16 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 295 + 22 Laps
17 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 294 + 23 Laps
18 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 294 + 0.969s
19 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 294 + 16.486s
20 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 294 + 51.645s
21 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 293 + 24 Laps
22 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 293 + 1m20.410s
23 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 292 + 25 Laps
24 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 291 + 26 Laps
25 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 289 + 28 Laps
26 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 289 + 30.098s
27 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 288 + 29 Laps
28 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 288 + 52.299s
29 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 287 + 30 Laps
30 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 286 + 31 Laps
31 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 286 + 1m39.435s
32 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 286 + 2m23.320s
33 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 285 + 32 Laps
34 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 285 + 1m18.006s
35 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 284 + 33 Laps
36 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 284 + 41.369s
37 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 284 + 53.216s
38 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 283 + 34 Laps
39 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 283 + 1m04.972s
40 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 283 + 1m08.846s
41 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 283 + 3m49.964s
42 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 282 + 35 Laps
43 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 281 + 36 Laps
44 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 280 + 37 Laps
45 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 277 + 40 Laps
46 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 275 + 42 Laps
47 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 267 + 50 Laps
48 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 267 + 45.809s
49 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 266 + 51 Laps
50 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 318 Retired
51 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 296 Retired
52 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard 213 Retired
53 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Werner 179 Retired
54 LMP1 #9 Toyota Lapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez 160 Retired
55 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin 154 Retired
56 LMP2 #25 Oreca Gonzalez, Trummer, Petrov 152 Retired
57 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Vilander, Fisichella, Kaffer 72 Retired
58 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Thiriet, Lynn 20 Retired
59 GTE Am #88 Porsche Bachler, Lemeret, Al Qubaisi 18 Retired
60 LMP1 #4 Enso Webb, Kraihamer, Bonanomi 7 Retired
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