Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche in control, #2 recovering in 19th hour

The #1 Porsche continues to march towards victory in the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, with its lead now up to 13 laps at the 19-hour mark

Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche in control, #2 recovering in 19th hour

The 919 Hybrid shared by Nick Tandy, Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani is extending its advantage at a rate of roughly one lap per hour over its closest challengers, the slower LMP2 cars.

The sister #2 car is now up to eighth as Earl Bamber continues to fight back through the field after a motor generator unit replacement much earlier in the race.

Anthony Davidson is 13th overall in the #8 Toyota - the only other LMP1 car still in the race.

LMP2: DC STILL IN CONTROL WITH JARVIS

Oliver Jarvis leads LMP2 in the Jota-run #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA, having taken over from 19-year-old Thomas Laurent at the latest round of pitstops.

The car also runs second overall, although even if it runs cleanly it's on course to be overhauled by the recovering #2 Porsche.

The gap between Jarvis and the chasing #13 Rebellion ORECA of David Heinemeier Hansson fluctuates between a lap and somewhere in the two-minute bracket.

With the Rebellion on the brink of stopping when the hour ended, the lead is about to go back to a lap.

The #31 Rebellion has been eliminated from contention for victory, with a lengthy stay in the garage to change the gearbox internals.

The car looks set to return to the track shortly, but has already dropped to 12th in class.

With the second Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA of David Cheng fourth, the best-placed non-ORECA remains the #32 United Autosport's Ligier.

Will Owen did cost the car a little time when he spun into the gravel on his outlap, although he subsequently recovered.

The #34 Tockwith Ligier of Karun Chandhok has also climbed into the top 10 thanks to the problems for the #31 Rebellion.

PORSCHE, ASTON MARTIN AND CHEVROLET DISPUTE GTE PRO LEAD

Three cars remain in the hunt for GTE Pro honours at Le Mans as divergent tyre strategies play out.

For the majority of each hour the #91 Porsche now driven by Richard Lietz runs over a minute ahead of a cast of other GTE Pro entries that rotates according to their pitstop schedule.

When it pits, it re-emerges in third immediately behind the one-team leader, the #97 Aston Martin, and the #63 Chevrolet Corvette.

Seven seconds separate these cars during this phase and any further slow zones or safety cars in the remaining hours could prove crucial to the outcome.

The quickest of the Fords, the #67 entry, now with Luis Derani at the wheel, remains on the lead lap but is around a minute further behind this group.

The #71 AF Corse Ferrari and the #68 and #69 Fords are also on the lead lap, but well out of touch at the moment.

In GTE Am the JMW Ferrari still has a lap in hand over the similar car fielded by AF Corse under the Spirit of Race banner, which in turn is a minute and a half ahead of third-placed Scuderia Corsa's 488.


POSITIONS AFTER 19 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 298
2 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 285 + 13 Laps
3 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 284 + 14 Laps
4 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 283 + 15 Laps
5 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 282 + 16 Laps
6 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 281 + 17 Laps
7 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 281 + 58.707s
8 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 281 + 1m54.779s
9 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 280 + 18 Laps
10 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 277 + 21 Laps
11 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 275 + 23 Laps
12 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 273 + 25 Laps
13 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 271 + 27 Laps
14 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 270 + 28 Laps
15 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 268 + 30 Laps
16 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 266 + 32 Laps
17 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 266 + 2m22.134s
18 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 265 + 33 Laps
19 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 264 + 34 Laps
20 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 264 + 8.128s
21 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 264 + 9.892s
22 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 264 + 55.870s
23 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 264 + 1m40.589s
24 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 264 + 2m04.332s
25 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 263 + 35 Laps
26 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 263 + 49.760s
27 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 259 + 39 Laps
28 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 259 + 5.197s
29 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 259 + 3m17.737s
30 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 258 + 40 Laps
31 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 258 + 22.914s
32 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 257 + 41 Laps
33 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 257 + 45.118s
34 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 257 + 1m36.446s
35 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 256 + 42 Laps
36 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 256 + 1m10.241s
37 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 256 + 3m24.448s
38 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 255 + 43 Laps
39 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 255 + 5.805s
40 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 255 + 58.256s
41 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 254 + 44 Laps
42 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 254 + 1m52.366s
43 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 253 + 45 Laps
44 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 252 + 46 Laps
45 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 252 + 33.129s
46 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 250 + 48 Laps
47 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 248 + 50 Laps
48 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 245 + 53 Laps
49 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 240 + 58 Laps
50 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 239 + 59 Laps
51 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 236 + 62 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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