Hour 22: Kristensen Pushing On

The 73rd 24 Hours of Le Mans looks to have swung in the favour of the #3 Champion Racing Audi R8 at the end of the 22 hours, despite the second placed Pescarolo of Jean-Christophe Boullion getting back onto the same lap as the leader at one stage during the hour

Hour 22: Kristensen Pushing On

Boullion continued to lap faster than Tom Kristensen, however it did not appear to be fast enough to catch the Dane by the end of the 24 hour race. At the end of the hour, Kristensen had more than one-lap margin, and Boullion's four seconds per-lap gain does not look enough to overhaul the Dane.

The GT1 class also looked to have swung in the favour of an American team. Corvette's #64 C6-R.

The #58 Aston Martin suffered an identical puncture as their car had two hours earlier, on its right-rear side while Corvette were running smoothly. The Aston limped back to the pits for a replacement tyre and ended the hour in third in class behind the other Audi.

Such was the pace of the Corvette that it moved up to fifth place overall.

In GT2, the Alex Job Racing Porsche led for the 17th successive hour, with Mike Rockenfeller at the wheel.

The LMP2 chase appears to be all but over, with the #37 Paul Belmondo Racing Courage continuing to lead. Rick Sutherland currently holds a comfortable five lap lead over Tommy Erdos.

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