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

Andre Lotterer continues to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours in the #1 Audi e-tron after the safety car extended his advantage to over a minute when it split the two Audis

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

Dindo Capello, who is 48 today, is in second position, lapping at a slightly less frenetic pace than poleman Lotterer.

Oliver Jarvis in the #4 Audi ultra still leads Nicolas Prost in the #12 Rebellion Lola by five laps. Prost is slowly being caught by the second Audi ultra driven by Marc Gene. Sixth-placed man Harold Primat spun on cold tyres shortly after the safety car came but has recovered in the #13 Rebellion Lola to keep the leading LMP2 cars at bay.

Ryan Dalziel is still circulating in his #44 Starworks HPD-Honda, clear of Soheil Ayari in the Pecom ORECA-Nissan, who is handing over to Pierre Kaffer on the hour.

The #48 Murphy ORECA-Nissan has been retired after Brendon Hartley's earlier incident.

Gianmaria Bruni leads GTE Pro in the #51 AF COrse Ferrari 458, with Stefan Mucke, who took over from Darren Turner moving into second position in the #97 Aston Martin, although the gap to Frederic Makoweicki's #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari is under 20s.

A pitstop has switched the positions at the front of GTE Am, with Nicolas Armindo in the #67 Imsa Porsche leading Patrick Bornhauser in the #50 Larbre Corvette by under 30s.

NOTES

- The #48 ORECA-Nissan driven by Brendon Hartley has retired after hitting the wall at the Porsche curves

- 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 16 HOURS

Pos Car            Drivers                      Class  Laps  Gap
 1. #1  Audi       Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer    LMP1   233   
 2. #2  Audi       McNish/Capello/Kristensen    LMP1   233   +   34.130s
 3. #4  Audi       Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1   231   +    2 Laps
 4. #12 Lola       Prost/Heidfeld/Jani          LMP1   226   +    7 Laps
 5. #3  Audi       Gene/Dumas/Duval             LMP1   224   +    9 Laps
 6. #13 Lola       Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat  LMP1   221   +   12 Laps
 7. #44 HPD        Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith  LMP2   219   +   14 Laps
 8. #22 HPD        Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok    LMP1   218   +   15 Laps
 9. #49 Oreca      Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari   LMP2   218   +   57.697s
10. #26 Oreca      Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov    LMP2   217   +   16 Laps
11. #21 HPD        Leventis/Kane/Watts          LMP1   217   +   52.073s
12. #46 Oreca      Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau        LMP2   217   + 1m29.131s
13. #41 Zytek      Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez        LMP2   215   +   18 Laps
14. #33 HPD        Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz          LMP2   215   +   12.104s
15. #25 Oreca      Martin/Charouz/Graves        LMP2   214   +   19 Laps
16. #42 Zytek      Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez      LMP2   212   +   21 Laps
17. #45 Oreca      Briere/Nakano/Petersen       LMP2   210   +   23 Laps
18. #35 Morgan     H Hansson/Leinders/Martin    LMP2   210   + 2m00.143s
19. #51 Ferrari    Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander    GTEP   207   +   26 Laps
20. #15 OAK        Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette  LMP1   207   + 1m47.284s
21. #97 Aston      Mucke/Fernandez/Turner       GTEP   206   +   27 Laps
22. #59 Ferrari    Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher   GTEP   206   +   16.567s
23. #23 Oreca      Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard     LMP2   206   + 2m26.536s
24. #38 Zytek      Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa       LMP2   205   +   28 Laps
25. #71 Ferrari    Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci      GTEP   203   +   30 Laps
26. #30 Lola       Sims/Buurman/Iannetta        LMP2   203   +   12.114s
27. #67 Porsche    Pons/Armindo/Narac           GTEA   202   +   31 Laps
28. #50 Corvette   Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy        GTEA   202   +   23.322s
29. #66 Ferrari    Walker/Cocker/Wills          GTEP   201   +   32 Laps
30. #73 Corvette   Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor      GTEP   200   +   33 Laps
31. #57 Ferrari    Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo         GTEA   199   +   34 Laps
32. #88 Porsche    Ried/Roda/Ruberti            GTEA   197   +   36 Laps
33. #70 Corvette   Bourret/Gibon/Belloc         GTEA   192   +   41 Laps
34. #40 Oreca      Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry        LMP2   190   +   43 Laps
35. #55 Porsche    Daniels/Palttala/Camathias   GTEA   188   +   45 Laps
36. #79 Porsche    Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet        GTEA   188   +   46.647s
37. #43 Norma      Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion   LMP2   187   +   46 Laps
38. #61 Ferrari    Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers       GTEA   186   +   47 Laps
39. #17 Dome       Minassian/Bourdais/Ara       LMP1   173   +   60 Laps
40. #83 Ferrari    Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte      GTEA   173   + 1h55m31.874s
41. #74 Corvette   Gavin/Westbrook/Milner       GTEP   172   +   61 Laps
42. #48 Oreca      Firth/Hartley/Hughes         LMP2   196   +   37 Laps
43. #77 Porsche    Lietz/Lieb/Henzler           GTEP   184   +   49 Laps
44. #75 Porsche    al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards     GTEA   180   +   53 Laps
45. #31 Lola       Holzer/Schultis/Moro         LMP2   155   +   78 Laps
46. #58 Ferrari    Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo   GTEA   146   +   87 Laps
47. #24 Morgan     Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla           LMP2   139   +   94 Laps
48. #7  Toyota     Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima       LMP1   134   +   99 Laps
49. #80 Porsche    Bergmeister/Long/Holzer      GTEP   114   +  119 Laps
50. #28 Lola       Giroix/Badey/Johansson       LMP2   92    +  141 Laps
51. #8  Toyota     Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin      LMP1   82    +  151 Laps
52. #0  DeltaWing  Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama    CDNT   75    +  158 Laps
53. #81 Ferrari    Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin      GTEA   70    +  163 Laps
54. #99 Aston      Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen     GTEA   31    +  202 Laps
55. #16 Pescarolo  Collard/Bouillon/Hall        LMP1   20    +  213 Laps
56. #29 Lola       Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan        LMP2   17    +  216 Laps
shares
comments
Le Mans 24 Hours 14th hour: #1 Audi e-tron escapes incident
Previous article

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

Next article

Le Mans 24 Hours 16th hour: Lotterer's Audi e-tron storms away in lead

Le Mans 24 Hours 16th hour: Lotterer's Audi e-tron storms away in lead
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause Plus

The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause

Track limits are the problem that motorsport doesn't seem to be able to rid itself of. But the use of so-called 'sausage kerbs' as a deterrent has in several instances only served to worsen the problem, and a growing number of voices want to see action taken

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2022
The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return Plus

The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return

The Peugeot 9X8 will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend. The French manufacturer has gone radical and will be hoping it doesn’t need to overhaul its contender, as it did with its first Le Mans challenger…

WEC
Jul 8, 2022
Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination Plus

Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination

OPINION: Peugeot will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend with the 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar that has ignored design conventions by eschewing a rear wing. Its distinctive look will help sportscar racing appeal to fresh audiences as a new golden era is ushered in

WEC
Jul 7, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022