Le Mans 24 Hours 14th hour: #1 Audi e-tron escapes incident

The battle for the overall lead of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours continues with Andre Lotterer maintaining a narrow margin over Allan McNish in the other Audi e-tron as the 14th hour came to a close under yellow, despite a spin for the #1

Le Mans 24 Hours 14th hour: #1 Audi e-tron escapes incident

The #75 Prospeed Porsche hit the wall at the Porsche Curves and repair work is taking place leading to the second safety car period of the race.

McNish had briefly taken the lead when Marcel Fassler spun at the Porsche Curves, catching the wall with the rear of his car and sustaining slight damage but after the pitstops the #1 Audi retook the lead under the stewardship of current fastest lap man Lotterer.

Oliver Jarvis is the lead Audi ultra driver in the #4 car, as he continues to build his lead over the first of the non-Audi contenders, the #12 Lola driven by Nicolas Prost.

In LMP2 the battle for class honours continues between #44 Starworks HPD and #49 ORECA-Nissan, with both cars now solidly in the top 10 overall, lying seventh and eighth.

Brendon Hartley in the #48 Murphy ORECA-Nissan had an incident at the final chicane, sustaining rear suspension damage and failing to restart. The car is yet to return to the pits and has now slipped from fifth position in class to 12th and 19th overall.

At the hour mark it is Toni Vilander in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari who leads the battle for GTE Pro honours by a small margin from Jaime Melo in the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari with Darren Turner trailing by a lap in his #97 Aston Martin.

Despite the problems for its Pro drivers, Chevrolet is currently leading GTE Am with #50 Larbre Chevrolet entry by Patrick Bornhauser, although the #67 Porsche driven by Nicolas Armindo is close behind.

NOTES

- Faisal spins the #75 Porsche at Porsche Curves, hitting the wall to bring the safety car out

- Marcel Fassler spins the #1 Audi e-tron at the Porsche curves, handing the lead to McNish

- Dumas tipped into a spin while passing traffic at Ford chicane

- Davidson confirms he sustained a broken back as a result of huge earlier crash

- Westbrook loses a wheel, and with it the lead of the GTE Pro class

- Peter Dumbreck suffers blow-out in the #22 JRM HPD

- Spin at Ford chicane for #21 Strakka HPD

- Problems for the #7 Toyota following collision with DeltaWing at the restart

- #29 Gulf Racing Lola B12 the first official retirement

- #40 hit with a two-minute stop and go penalty for second pitlane speeding offence

- 30s pit stop penalties for #40 and #49 LMP2s for speeding in pitlane

- Audi hits early niggles, with Tom Kristensen the third unexpected delay for the marque across its four cars

- Early GTE Pro scrap between Corvette, Aston Martin and Ferrari

- #99 Aston Martin Vantage suffers early misfire and then retires with damage

POSITIONS AFTER 14 HOURS Pos Car Drivers Class Laps Gap 1. #1 Audi Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer LMP1 219 2. #2 Audi McNish/Capello/Kristensen LMP1 219 + 2m13.585s 3. #4 Audi Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1 217 + 2 Laps 4. #12 Lola Prost/Heidfeld/Jani LMP1 212 + 7 Laps 5. #3 Audi Gene/Dumas/Duval LMP1 210 + 9 Laps 6. #13 Lola Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat LMP1 209 + 10 Laps 7. #44 HPD Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith LMP2 205 + 14 Laps 8. #49 Oreca Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari LMP2 204 + 15 Laps 9. #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts LMP1 204 + 12.701s 10. #22 HPD Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok LMP1 204 + 2m19.709s 11. #26 Oreca Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov LMP2 204 + 4m43.643s 12. #46 Oreca Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau LMP2 204 + 7m20.984s 13. #41 Zytek Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez LMP2 202 + 17 Laps 14. #33 HPD Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz LMP2 202 + 1.110s 15. #25 Oreca Martin/Charouz/Graves LMP2 201 + 18 Laps 16. #42 Zytek Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez LMP2 199 + 20 Laps 17. #45 Oreca Briere/Nakano/Petersen LMP2 197 + 22 Laps 18. #48 Oreca Firth/Hartley/Hughes LMP2 196 + 23 Laps 19. #35 Morgan H Hansson/Leinders/Martin LMP2 196 +27m53.189s 20. #51 Ferrari Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander GTEP 195 + 24 Laps 21. #59 Ferrari Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher GTEP 194 + 25 Laps 22. #15 OAK Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette LMP1 194 + 5m24.932s 23. #23 Oreca Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard LMP2 193 + 26 Laps 24. #97 Aston Mucke/Fernandez/Turner GTEP 193 +31m34.938s 25. #38 Zytek Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa LMP2 193 +34m58.544s 26. #71 Ferrari Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci GTEP 191 + 28 Laps 27. #30 Lola Sims/Buurman/Iannetta LMP2 190 + 29 Laps 28. #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy GTEA 190 + 2m59.648s 29. #67 Porsche Pons/Armindo/Narac GTEA 190 + 3m04.641s 30. #66 Ferrari Walker/Cocker/Wills GTEP 189 + 30 Laps 31. #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor GTEP 187 + 32 Laps 32. #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo GTEA 187 + 2m22.085s 33. #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti GTEA 185 + 34 Laps 34. #77 Porsche Lietz/Lieb/Henzler GTEP 184 + 35 Laps 35. #75 Porsche al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards GTEA 180 + 39 Laps 36. #70 Corvette Bourret/Gibon/Belloc GTEA 180 + 6m16.987s 37. #40 Oreca Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry LMP2 178 + 41 Laps 38. #43 Norma Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion LMP2 176 + 43 Laps 39. #55 Porsche Daniels/Palttala/Camathias GTEA 176 + 5m28.373s 40. #79 Porsche Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet GTEA 175 + 44 Laps 41. #61 Ferrari Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers GTEA 174 + 45 Laps 42. #17 Dome Minassian/Bourdais/Ara LMP1 173 + 46 Laps 43. #83 Ferrari Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte GTEA 163 + 56 Laps 44. #74 Corvette Gavin/Westbrook/Milner GTEP 159 + 60 Laps 45. #31 Lola Holzer/Schultis/Moro LMP2 155 + 64 Laps 46. #58 Ferrari Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo GTEA 146 + 73 Laps 47. #24 Morgan Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla LMP2 139 + 80 Laps 48. #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima LMP1 134 + 85 Laps 49. #80 Porsche Bergmeister/Long/Holzer GTEP 114 + 105 Laps 50. #28 Lola Giroix/Badey/Johansson LMP2 92 + 127 Laps 51. #8 Toyota Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin LMP1 82 + 137 Laps 52. #0 DeltaWing Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama CDNT 75 + 144 Laps 53. #81 Ferrari Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin GTEA 70 + 149 Laps 54. #99 Aston Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen GTEA 31 + 188 Laps 55. #16 Pescarolo Collard/Bouillon/Hall LMP1 20 + 199 Laps 56. #29 Lola Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan LMP2 17 + 202 Laps 
shares
comments
LM24 H13: Fassler responds to McNish pressure in battle for lead between Audis

Previous article

LM24 H13: Fassler responds to McNish pressure in battle for lead between Audis

Next article

Le Mans 24 Hours 15th hour: Lotterer's Audi e-tron leads into sunrise

Le Mans 24 Hours 15th hour: Lotterer's Audi e-tron leads into sunrise
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Author Tom Mallett
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021
Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship Plus

Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Beyond the slender grid of headline-grabbing hypercars, there are numerous subplots and changes to look out for in the new season of the WEC, which gets underway at Spa this weekend. Here's the seven key things you need to know about

WEC
Apr 30, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Plus

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Plus

How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no works Aston Martins in the GTE-Pro class. As its new era in Formula 1 begins, Aston leaves behind a legacy of success courtesy of its Prodrive-run factory programme that was a hit from the word go in 2005

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

WEC
Mar 9, 2021
How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

WEC
Mar 7, 2021