Hour 7: Green and red in the dark

There has been little change to the leader board after the first 60 minutes of the Le Mans 24 Hours to take place under dark, with the two Bentleys dominating at the front of the race, and the Veloqx Prodrive Ferraris doing likewise in the GTS class

Hour 7: Green and red in the dark

Johnny Herbert has been doing his best to close up to his team-mates, by setting a series of stunning laps, dipping on several occasions into the high 3m30s range and, at time, taking eight seconds a lap out of the #7 Bentley. The gap between the two machines is currently just over 30s.

The privateer Audis continue their private battle for third, with the Champion Racing R8 39s ahead of the Team Goh Audi Sport Japan machine.

It's a similar chasing game between the Veloqx Prodrives in the GTS category. After its early gear selection problems, Anthony Davidson in the all-British #80 car is doing his best to catch his team-mates car, although the two machines have been trading similar lap-times for much of the last hour.

The Noel de Bello Reynard-Lehmann continues to lead the LMP675 category, with the DBA-Zytek machine, which dominated the category in the build-up to the race, spending more time in the pits with yet more problems.

The Team Bucknam Pilbeam has finally given up and retired, but the Spyker has now rejoined the race after its earlier problems with both the car and the Le Mans officials.

In the GT class, the Alex Job Racing machine en joys a one-lap advantage over the Team Taisan machine.

Kristensen/Capello/Smith Bentley 110 laps
Brabham/Herbert/Blundell Bentley 110 laps
Pirro/Lehto/Johansson Audi 109 laps
Ara/Magnussen/Werner Audi 109 laps
Lammers/Bosch/Wallace Dome-Judd 106 laps
Beretta/Jeannette/Papis Panoz 105 laps
Helary/Ayari/Minassian Courage-Peugeot 104 laps
Cochet/Gounon/Gregoire Courage-Judd 103 laps
Saelens/Maxwell/Leuenberger Panoz 103 laps
Goossens/Matthews/Tinseau Riley & Scott 103 laps

Andre/Maury-Laribiere/Pillon Reynard-Lehman 96 laps
Field/Dayton/Sutherland Lola-MG 95 laps
Nielsen/Shimoda/Elgaard DBA-Zytek 94 laps

Kox/Enge/Davies Ferrari 550 100 laps
Burt/Davidson/Turner Ferrari 550 100 laps
Fellows/O Connell/Freon Corvette 99 laps

Luhr/Maasen/Collard Porsche 911 94 laps
Yogo/Nishizawa/Iida Porsche 911 94 laps
Mowlem/Lewis/Leitzinger Porsche 911 92 laps

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