Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche adds another lap to commanding lead

Neel Jani has added another lap to Porsche's advantage as the Le Mans 24 Hours reaches two-thirds distance

Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche adds another lap to commanding lead

The #1 Porsche now heads the LMP2 lead battle by 11 laps as the 16th hour was another one without major incident for the car Jani shares with Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer.

Second in class is still the sister car with Timo Bernhard remaining 10th overall, while Sebastien Buemi has climbed to 16th in the #8 Toyota.

Those are the only three LMP1 cars still in the race.

TUNG GRABS LMP2 LEAD

The #38 Jackie Chan ORECA run by DC Racing has claimed second overall and top spot in LMP2 courtesy of Ho-Pin Tung.

The #13 Rebellion ORECA of Nelson Piquet had been leading but lost around a minute during a slow zone.

Tung was then able to pit - restoring the #38 machine in line with the Rebellion in the pitstop sequence - and still emerge ahead.

The second Rebellion remains third in the hands of Bruno Senna.

The main casualty during that hour was the #40 Graff ORECA of James Allen, who went off at Indianapolis.

As a result it dropped from sixth to eighth in class.

ASTON'S LEAD ERODED IN GTE PRO

The safety car period in the previous hour enabled Marco Sorensen to hold a leading margin of a minute and a half in the #95 Aston Martin once the circuit went green and the out-of-pitstop-sync #91 Porsche of Richard Lietz, which had been leading, broke for the pits.

But two further slow zones during the hour enabled the chasing pack to slash that lead to under 20s.

Sorensen and Lietz had been running behind one safety car and the chasing pack the other.

Both AF Corse Ferraris had pitted under the full-course yellow, emerging behind the second safety car, but the slow zones brought them back into contention.

Calado led the chasing pack in the #51 Ferrari, but was caught and passed by Pilet - in for Lietz in the #91 Porsche - during the hour.

The timing of the subsequent slow zones - for a spinning prototype and Tracy Krohn's GTE Am Ferrari at Indianapolis - then enabled them to move in on the leading Aston.

The #71 Ferrari also fought back after a brief visit to the garage during its pitstop, passing Andy Priaulx in the #67 Ford.

The situation remains less fluid in GTE Am, where the #84 JMW Ferrari currently driven by Robert Smith still leads, albeit by a reduced margin after gold driver Marco Cioci went on a charge in the second-placed #55 Ferrari.

POSITIONS AFTER 16 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 248
2 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 237 + 11 Laps
3 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 237 + 1m31.808s
4 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 236 + 12 Laps
5 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 235 + 13 Laps
6 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 235 + 2m49.477s
7 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 234 + 14 Laps
8 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 234 + 1m04.706s
9 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 233 + 15 Laps
10 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 231 + 17 Laps
11 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 230 + 18 Laps
12 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 228 + 20 Laps
13 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 226 + 22 Laps
14 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 222 + 26 Laps
15 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 222 + 2m21.849s
16 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 221 + 27 Laps
17 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 220 + 28 Laps
18 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 220 + 16.261s
19 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 220 + 18.706s
20 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 220 + 23.697s
21 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 220 + 27.676s
22 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 220 + 1m03.020s
23 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 220 + 1m08.815s
24 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 220 + 1m26.133s
25 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 220 + 2m01.540s
26 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 220 + 3m15.758s
27 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 219 + 29 Laps
28 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 217 + 31 Laps
29 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 217 + 1m37.738s
30 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 216 + 32 Laps
31 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 216 + 30.160s
32 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 215 + 33 Laps
33 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 215 + 45.439s
34 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 214 + 34 Laps
35 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 214 + 3m10.818s
36 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 214 + 3m40.837s
37 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 213 + 35 Laps
38 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 213 + 4m36.087s
39 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 212 + 36 Laps
40 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 212 + 1m19.352s
41 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 212 + 2m28.115s
42 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 212 + 2m49.201s
43 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 212 + 2m57.924s
44 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 212 + 4m59.269s
45 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 211 + 37 Laps
46 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 210 + 38 Laps
47 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 207 + 41 Laps
48 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 205 + 43 Laps
49 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 203 + 45 Laps
50 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 198 + 50 Laps
51 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 190 + 58 Laps
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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