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 
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