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 
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