Le Mans 24 Hours: Porsche coming back at Toyota in hour 13

The #2 Porsche started to fight back against the race leading #6 Toyota in the 13th hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours on Sunday morning

Le Mans 24 Hours: Porsche coming back at Toyota in hour 13

The second-placed car managed to end the hour a handful of seconds closer to the leader than it started it, despite having a longer pitstop (by 17s) for a driver and tyre change while the Toyota only took fuel.

Marc Lieb, who took over the #2 Porsche from Romain Dumas, took up the chase of Kamui Kobayashi in the leading car, while in third place Anthony Davidson also made up some ground on the leader.

The performance of the leading cars creates the prospect of the lead battle closing up over the course of Sunday morning, with Toyota fighting on two fronts while Porsche has just one car capable of victory.

In LMP2 the #36 Signatech Alpine entry solidified its position at the head of the field with Gustavo Menezes, who pulled clear of the #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing ORECA of Ryo Hirakawa.

The third car in that lead battle - the #26 Jota/G-Drive ORECA - suffered a setback when it was given a one-minute stop-go penalty for speeding during a slow zone.

Ex-F1 driver Will Stevens served the penalty, rejoining more than a minute and a half down on Hirakawa but hanging onto third place.

GTE PRO - FORD CHASING FERRARI

The #69 Ford GT driven by Ryan Briscoe made a very small dent in the Risi Ferrari team's lead during the 13th hour.

Briscoe started the hour 50 seconds behind Matteo Malucelli in the Ferrari, but with the two drivers trading laptimes, he did managed to whittle the lead back to just under 45 seconds.

Joey Hand is showing good pace in the #68 Ford, which holds third place.

In GTE Am, Towsend Bell took the lead in the #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, passing Khaled Al Qubaisi.

Al Qubaisi took over the car during the hour, but last ground rapidly to Bell before losing the lead.

POSITIONS AFTER 13 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #6 Toyota Sarrazin, Conway, Kobayashi 203
2 LMP1 #2 Porsche Dumas, Jani, Lieb 203 + 36.945s
3 LMP1 #5 Toyota Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima 203 + 1m17.354s
4 LMP1 #8 Audi Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis 201 + 2 Laps
5 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Tuscher, Imperatori, Kraihamer 193 + 10 Laps
6 LMP1 #7 Audi Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer 191 + 12 Laps
7 LMP2 #36 Alpine Menezes, Lapierre, Richelmi 188 + 15 Laps
8 LMP2 #46 Oreca Thiriet, Beche, Hirakawa 188 + 1m32.040s
9 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Stevens, Rast 187 + 16 Laps
10 LMP2 #38 Gibson Dolan, Dennis, Van Der Garde 187 + 2m54.963s
11 LMP2 #42 Gibson Leventis, Watts, Kane 186 + 17 Laps
12 LMP2 #35 Alpine Cheng, Tung, Panciatici 186 + 56.223s
13 LMP2 #37 BR01 Petrov, Shaytar, Ladygin 186 + 1m08.742s
14 LMP2 #27 BR01 Minassian, Mediani, Aleshin 184 + 19 Laps
15 LMP2 #33 Oreca Pu, Gommendy, De Bruijn 183 + 20 Laps
16 LMP2 #41 Ligier Rojas, Canal, Berthon 183 + 3m04.472s
17 LMP2 #31 Ligier Dalziel, Derani, Cumming 182 + 21 Laps
18 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Chatin, Buret 181 + 22 Laps
19 LMP2 #49 Ligier Pew, Negri Jr, Vanthoor 181 + 43.747s
20 LMP2 #30 Ligier Sharp, Brown, Van Overbeek 181 + 57.713s
21 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Fisichella, Vilander, Malucelli 180 + 23 Laps
22 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 180 + 44.994s
23 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost, Heidfeld, Piquet Jr 180 + 47.668s
24 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Bourdais 180 + 1m56.695s
25 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Turner 179 + 24 Laps
26 LMP2 #43 Ligier Gonzalez, Senna, Albuquerque 179 + 1m53.724s
27 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Taylor 178 + 25 Laps
28 GTE Pro #66 Ford Pla, Mucke, Johnson 178 + 13.459s
29 LMP2 #25 Ligier Munemann, Hoy, Pizzitola 178 + 21.233s
30 GTE Pro #77 Porsche Lietz, Christensen, Eng 178 + 36.069s
31 GTE Pro #97 Aston Stanaway, Rees, Adam 178 + 1m09.357s
32 LMP2 #40 Ligier Krohn, Jonsson, Barbosa 178 + 2m13.233s
33 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 177 + 26 Laps
34 LMP2 #48 Oreca Keating, Bleekemolen, Goossens 176 + 27 Laps
35 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Sweedler, Bell, Segal 175 + 28 Laps
36 GTE Am #88 Porsche Al Qubaisi, Heinemeier Hansson, Long 174 + 29 Laps
37 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Bell 174 + 3m34.281s
38 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Perrodo, Collard, Aguas 173 + 30 Laps
39 LMP2 #44 Oreca Graves, Rao, Merhi 173 + 54.753s
40 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Carroll, Barker 173 + 1m41.555s
41 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Yamagishi, Ragues, Belloc 172 + 31 Laps
42 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Griffin, Scott 172 + 7.120s
43 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 171 + 32 Laps
44 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Laursen, Mac, Nielsen 169 + 34 Laps
45 LMP2 #22 Ligier Capillaire, Maris, Coleman 169 + 1m40.954s
46 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Bruni, Calado, Pier Guidi 167 + 36 Laps
47 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Griffin, Hirsch 167 + 4m01.075s
48 LMP1 #1 Porsche Bernhard, Webber, Hartley 165 + 38 Laps
49 LMP2 #28 Morgan Taittinger, Striebig, Roussel 160 + 43 Laps
50 LMP1 #4 CLM Trummer, Webb, Kaffer 159 + 44 Laps
51 CDNT #84 Morgan Sausset, Tinseau, Bouvet 158 + 45 Laps
52 GTE Am #57 Chevrolet O'Connel, Bryant, Patterson 156 + 47 Laps
53 GTE Pro #67 Ford Franchitti, Priaulx, Tincknell 153 + 50 Laps
54 GTE Am #78 Porsche Ried, Henzler, Camathias 145 + 58 Laps
55 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Bertolini 143 + 60 Laps
56 LMP2 #34 Oreca Leutwiler, Nakano, Winslow 142 + 61 Laps
57 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Makowiecki, Bamber, Bergmeister 140 + 63 Laps
58 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Pilet, Estre, Tandy 135 Retired
59 LMP2 #47 Oreca Matsuda, Howson, Bradley 116 Retired
60 GTE Am #89 Porsche Macneil, Keen, Miller 50 Retired
shares
comments
Toyota leads Le Mans 24 Hours at halfway mark

Previous article

Toyota leads Le Mans 24 Hours at halfway mark

Next article

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota fights back against Porsche

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota fights back against Porsche
Load comments
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Plus

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Plus

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Aug 22, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Plus

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Plus

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans Plus

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Plus

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and were considered heavy favourites to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen

Le Mans
Aug 14, 2021