Le Mans 24 Hours: Tom Kristensen maintains Audi's lead in hour 20

Tom Kristensen leads the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours remaining as he chases a record-setting 10th victory

Le Mans 24 Hours: Tom Kristensen maintains Audi's lead in hour 20

The #1 Audi that Kristensen shares with Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gene moved into the lead when the sister #2 machine had its turbo changed earlier this morning.

It now has an advantage of more than a lap over the #20 Porsche of Timo Bernhard, with Mark Webber having completed a quadruple stint in that car.

The #2 Audi remains on track in third place, although the #3 Audi crashed out early on in an incident that also ruined the victory chances of the #8 Toyota that currently runs a distant fourth.

The #46 TDS Ligier, which started on pole, holds first in LMP2 after the G-Drive-backed OAK Racing Ligier that led for so long had to pit with a rear brake problem in the previous hour.

But at the end of the hour, with Tristan Gommendy, the car suffered a puncture and crawled to the pits, which will elevate OAK once again.

Mark Shulzhitskiy is second in that car, currently a lap down on the leader, with Simon Dolan moving the #38 Zytek up to third in class.

Toni Vilander now has a lead of over a lap in GTE Pro in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari after the #97 Aston Martin that it had been fighting with dropped back in the last hour.

The #95 Aston Martin still leads GTE Pro in the hands of Nicki Thiim, well ahead of the #88 Porsche of Christian Ried.

POSITIONS AFTER 20 HOURS Pos Cl Car Drivers Laps Gap 1. LMP1 #1 Audi Di Grassi/Gene/Kristensen 313 2. LMP1 #20 Porsche Bernhard/Webber/Hartley 312 + 1 Lap 3. LMP1 #2 Audi Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer 311 + 2 Laps 4. LMP1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi 305 + 8 Laps 5. LMP1 #14 Porsche Dumas/Jani/Lieb 303 + 10 Laps 6. LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost/Heidfeld/Beche 294 + 19 Laps 7. LMP2 #46 Ligier Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy 293 + 20 Laps 8. LMP2 #35 Ligier Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy 292 + 21 Laps 9. LMP2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey 291 + 22 Laps 10. LMP2 #36 Alpine Chatin/Panciatici/Webb 290 + 23 Laps 11. LMP2 #24 Oreca Rast/Charouz/Capillaire 290 + 1m47.102s 12. LMP2 #34 Oreca Frey/Mailleux/Lancaster 288 + 25 Laps 13. LMP2 #43 Morgan Klien/Hirsch/Brandela 288 + 11.256s 14. LMP2 #33 Ligier Cheng/Tung/Fong 284 + 29 Laps 15. LMP2 #42 Zytek Kimber-Smith/McMurry/Dyson 283 + 30 Laps 16. GTEP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella 279 + 34 Laps 17. LMP2 #50 Morgan Ragues/Taylor/Ihara 279 + 3m12.599s 18. GTEP #92 Porsche Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz 277 + 36 Laps 19. GTEP #73 Chevrolet Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 277 + 1m14.431s 20. LMP2 #29 Morgan Schell/Leutwiller/Roussel 276 + 37 Laps 21. GTEA #95 Aston Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Thiim 275 + 38 Laps 22. LMP2 #27 Oreca Zlobin/Salo/Ladygin 274 + 39 Laps 23. GTEP #97 Aston Turner/Mucke/Senna 274 + 11m10.948s 24. GTEA #88 Porsche Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi 273 + 40 Laps 25. GTEP #74 Chevrolet Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 272 + 41 Laps 26. GTEA #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc/Cioci/Venturi 271 + 42 Laps 27. GTEA #90 Ferrari Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti 271 + 4m23.525s 28. GTEA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Collins 270 + 43 Laps 29. GTEA #66 Ferrari Al Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly 269 + 44 Laps 30. GTEA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 269 + 18.356s 31. GTEA #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard 268 + 45 Laps 32. GTEA #70 Ferrari Nakano/Ehret/Rich 268 + 1m36.518s 33. GTEA #58 Ferrari Barthez/Pons/Ayari 268 + 3m18.476s 34. GTEA #76 Porsche Narac/Armindo/Hallyday 265 + 48 Laps 35. GTEA #67 Porsche Maris/Merlin/Helary 261 + 52 Laps 36. GTEP #79 Porsche MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen 261 + 1m30.991s 37. GTEA #53 Ferrari Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton 260 + 53 Laps 38. GTEP #91 Porsche Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy 249 + 64 Laps 39. GTEA #62 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 240 + 73 Laps 40. LMP1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima 219 Retired 41. GTEA #72 Ferrari Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov 196 Retired 42. GTEA #75 Porsche Perrodo/Collard/Palttala 194 Retired 43. GTEP #52 Ferrari Griffin/Parente/Leo 140 Retired 44. LMP2 #26 Morgan Rusinov/Pla/Canal 120 Retired 45. GTEA #60 Ferrari Mann/Case/Giammaria 115 Retired 46. LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson/Bradley/Imperatori 87 Retired 47. LMP1 #13 Rebellion Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer 73 Retired 48. LMP2 #48 Oreca Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok 73 Retired 49. LMP2 #41 Zytek Munemman/Latif/Winslow 31 Retired 50. GTEP #71 Ferrari Rigon/Kaffer/Beretta 28 Retired 51. LMP1 #3 Audi Albuquerque/Bonanomi/Jarvis 25 Retired 52. GTEA #81 Ferrari Wyatt/Rugolo/Bird 22 Retired 53. LMP2 #37 Oreca Ladygin/Minassian/Mediani 9 Retired 54. CDNT #0 Nissan Ordonez/Reip/Motoyama 5 Retired 
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