Le Mans 24 Hours eleventh hour: Treluyer in control at head of Audi 1-2-3

The #1 Audi e-tron quattro driven by Benoit Treluyer remains in control of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours as the race passed the through its 11th chapter

Le Mans 24 Hours eleventh hour: Treluyer in control at head of Audi 1-2-3

The Frenchman has a two-third's lap advantage over team-mate Tom Kristensen in the sister hybrid machine, with Marco Bonanomi lying third in the #4 R18 ultra a lap off the lead.

The Rebellion Lolas of Neel Jani and Jeroen Bleekemolen remain in fourth and fifth waiting to pounce should anything happen to the turbo-diesels - though the gap to the Audis has increased to six laps now.

There was drama in GTE Pro as the leading #74 Corvette shed a wheel at the top of the hour, just after Tommy Milner handed over to Richard Westbrook.

The Englishman took several minutes to get the car back to the pits, and then when he did, Corvette spent four laps repairing the car's floor.

It has since returned to the pits for further repairs, all of which has left Giancarlo Fisichella out front in the AF Corse Ferrari - which given the team's travails earlier in the week is a remarkable achievement.

Ryan Dalziel maintained the lead in LMP2 while Anthony Pons is on top in the GTE Am.

NOTES

- 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.

- Huge crash for Anthony Davidson in the #8 Toyota, leading to lengthy safety car period.

- #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 11 HOURS Pos Car Drivers Class Laps Gap 1. #1 Audi Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer LMP1 171 2. #2 Audi McNish/Capello/Kristensen LMP1 171 + 1m49.726s 3. #4 Audi Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1 170 + 1 Lap 4. #12 Lola Prost/Heidfeld/Jani LMP1 166 + 5 Laps 5. #13 Lola Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat LMP1 165 + 6 Laps 6. #3 Audi Gene/Dumas/Duval LMP1 164 + 7 Laps 7. #44 HPD Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith LMP2 160 + 11 Laps 8. #49 Oreca Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari LMP2 160 + 1m20.365s 9. #22 HPD Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok LMP1 160 + 2m31.730s 10. #26 Oreca Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov LMP2 160 + 2m44.292s 11. #46 Oreca Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau LMP2 159 + 12 Laps 12. #23 Oreca Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard LMP2 159 + 4.899s 13. #38 Zytek Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa LMP2 159 + 20.400s 14. #30 Lola Sims/Buurman/Iannetta LMP2 158 + 13 Laps 15. #48 Oreca Firth/Hartley/Hughes LMP2 158 + 21.494s 16. #33 HPD Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz LMP2 158 + 1m57.514s 17. #25 Oreca Martin/Charouz/Graves LMP2 158 + 2m04.760s 18. #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts LMP1 158 + 2m44.166s 19. #41 Zytek Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez LMP2 157 + 14 Laps 20. #15 OAK Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette LMP1 156 + 15 Laps 21. #42 Zytek Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez LMP2 156 + 3m02.031s 22. #45 Oreca Briere/Nakano/Petersen LMP2 153 + 18 Laps 23. #51 Ferrari Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander GTEP 153 + 1m06.213s 24. #59 Ferrari Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher GTEP 152 + 19 Laps 25. #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor GTEP 152 + 12.246s 26. #31 Lola Holzer/Schultis/Moro LMP2 152 + 1m05.368s 27. #35 Morgan H Hansson/Leinders/Martin LMP2 152 + 2m17.363s 28. #97 Aston Mucke/Fernandez/Turner GTEP 151 + 20 Laps 29. #77 Porsche Lietz/Lieb/Henzler GTEP 151 + 37.457s 30. #40 Oreca Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry LMP2 150 + 21 Laps 31. #67 Porsche Pons/Armindo/Narac GTEA 149 + 22 Laps 32. #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy GTEA 149 + 1m06.108s 33. #74 Corvette Gavin/Westbrook/Milner GTEP 149 + 1m13.062s 34. #66 Ferrari Walker/Cocker/Wills GTEP 148 + 23 Laps 35. #71 Ferrari Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci GTEP 148 + 40.586s 36. #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo GTEA 146 + 25 Laps 37. #61 Ferrari Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers GTEA 145 + 26 Laps 38. #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti GTEA 144 + 27 Laps 39. #58 Ferrari Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo GTEA 144 + 21.458s 40. #70 Corvette Bourret/Gibon/Belloc GTEA 142 + 29 Laps 41. #17 Dome Minassian/Bourdais/Ara LMP1 142 + 13.524s 42. #75 Porsche al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards GTEA 141 + 30 Laps 43. #24 Morgan Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla LMP2 139 + 32 Laps 44. #55 Porsche Daniels/Palttala/Camathias GTEA 137 + 34 Laps 45. #79 Porsche Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet GTEA 135 + 36 Laps 46. #43 Norma Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion LMP2 134 + 37 Laps 47. #83 Ferrari Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte GTEA 124 + 47 Laps 48. #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima LMP1 134 + 37 Laps 49. #80 Porsche Bergmeister/Long/Holzer GTEP 114 + 57 Laps 50. #28 Lola Giroix/Badey/Johansson LMP2 92 + 79 Laps 51. #8 Toyota Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin LMP1 82 + 89 Laps 52. #0 DeltaWing Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama CDNT 75 + 96 Laps 53. #81 Ferrari Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin GTEA 70 + 101 Laps 54. #99 Aston Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen GTEA 31 + 140 Laps 55. #16 Pescarolo Collard/Bouillon/Hall LMP1 20 + 151 Laps 56. #29 Lola Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan LMP2 17 + 154 Laps 
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