Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche maintains stranglehold in hour 17

Porsche remains on course for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours as Neel Jani continues to lead at the 17-hour mark

Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche maintains stranglehold in hour 17

The #1 919 Hybrid took the lead in the 10th hour when the #7 Toyota retired with a suspected clutch problem.

The Porsche has been dominant ever since with Jani maintaining an 11-lap advantage in the car he shares with Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer.

The #2 Porsche is still 10th overall while the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID remains in the race in 15th place.

LAURENT KEEPS LMP2 LEAD FOR DC

Thomas Laurent continues to hold second place overall and the LMP2 lead in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA.

Laurent's advantage over the #13 Rebellion ORECA of Nelson Piquet Jr is currently 11 seconds after getting ahead in the previous hour when a slow zone proved costly for the Rebellion.

The second Rebellion car of Bruno Senna remains third in class,comfortably ahead of the #35 Signatech ORECA.

PORSCHE CLOSES IN, FERRARI CRASHES IN GTE PRO

The #91 Porsche shared by Patrick Pilet, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki became the most plausible challenger to the leading #95 Aston Martin during the 17th hour as the #51 Ferrari fell out of contention owing to an incident with a GTE Am car.

The Porsche and Aston are on asynchronous strategies owing to Porsche being able to triple-stint its Michelin tyres while Aston (running Dunlops) can only do two.

That enabled Pilet to lead for much of the hour after the Aston pitted from the front and Richie Stanaway had to make its way past James Calado to retake second place, a process eased when Calado had a coming-together with the #90 GTE Am Aston at the second Mulsanne chicane.

Stanaway then moved back into the lead when Pilet pitted to hand over to Makowiecki shortly before the turn of the hour, while the #51 Ferrari remains in the garage.

The stop left the Porsche running fourth in class, now behind the #97 Aston in which Daniel Serra twice broke the GTE lap record before relaying to Jonny Adam.

That car is currently running a minute behind its sister car, having lost track position during the pre-dawn safety car period, and closing in on the second-placed #63 Corvette now driven by Jordan Taylor, which also enjoyed a brief spell in the lead as the pitstop sequence cycled through.

JMW's #84 Ferrari remains well clear in GTE Am, a lap ahead of the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari.

POSITIONS AFTER 17 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 265
2 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 253 + 12 Laps
3 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 253 + 10.958s
4 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 251 + 14 Laps
5 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 251 + 39.792s
6 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 250 + 15 Laps
7 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 250 + 33.147s
8 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 250 + 1m39.294s
9 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 248 + 17 Laps
10 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 247 + 18 Laps
11 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 245 + 20 Laps
12 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 244 + 21 Laps
13 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 242 + 23 Laps
14 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 238 + 27 Laps
15 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 237 + 28 Laps
16 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 236 + 29 Laps
17 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 235 + 30 Laps
18 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 235 + 1m49.706s
19 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 235 + 1m52.152s
20 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 235 + 2m18.096s
21 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 235 + 2m33.783s
22 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 234 + 31 Laps
23 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 234 + 2.364s
24 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 234 + 23.826s
25 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 234 + 2m42.547s
26 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 233 + 32 Laps
27 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 233 + 4m39.435s
28 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 232 + 33 Laps
29 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 231 + 34 Laps
30 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 230 + 35 Laps
31 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 230 + 45.574s
32 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 229 + 36 Laps
33 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 228 + 37 Laps
34 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 228 + 5.679s
35 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 228 + 3m15.747s
36 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 228 + 4m18.172s
37 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 227 + 38 Laps
38 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 227 + 3m29.540s
39 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 226 + 39 Laps
40 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 226 + 17.291s
41 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 226 + 18.967s
42 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 226 + 54.889s
43 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 226 + 1m03.545s
44 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 226 + 1m58.249s
45 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 225 + 40 Laps
46 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 221 + 44 Laps
47 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 220 + 45 Laps
48 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 220 + 15m39.841s
49 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 218 + 47 Laps
50 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 211 + 54 Laps
51 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 205 + 60 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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