Le Mans 24 Hours twelfth hour: Fassler still leads in #1 Audi, although Kristensen closes

Marcel Fassler's lead has been reduced to just over 40s in the #1 Audi as eight-time winner Tom Kristensen closed in on his team-mate through the halfway point in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours race

Le Mans 24 Hours twelfth hour: Fassler still leads in #1 Audi, although Kristensen closes

Kristensen put in a dynamite sequence of laps as he chased Fassler, regularly taking 2s per lap out the Swiss driver's lead. It is however worth noting that the gap does not take into account that the #1 car has a stop in hand and has done its driver change in this hour.

Marco Bonanomi was third in the first of the R18 ultras, while the fourth Audi was in the wars again when it was tapped into a spin by the #70 Corvette at the Ford Chicane and lost a couple of laps, but no positions. It remains sixth behind the two Rebellion Lolas.

Tom Kimber-Smith kept Starworks in the lead of LMP2 with a one lap advantage over the Pecom Oreca, which had Luis Perez-Companc at the wheel.

Romain Rusinov was third in that class as the hour closed in the Signatech Nissan Oreca.

The top four runners in GTE Pro spent much of the hour on the same lap, with the #51 and #59 Ferraris leading the #73 Corvette and #97 Aston Martin.

That order was upset however when Frederic Makowiecki went off into the gravel at Indianapolis, falling off the tail of the lead AF Corse Ferrari of Toni Vilander as a consequence.

He promptly headed into the pits and handed control to Jaime Melo, who was able to resume in second as Darren Turner made a routine stop in the Vantage and Jan Magnussen made a far longer stop for a brake disc change. Wolf Henzler therefore slipped into third in the #77 Felbermayr-Proton Porsche, ahead of Turner.

The IMSA Porsche continued to lead in GTE Am, although Pedro Lamy in the Larbre Corvette is on the same lap, just 40s down the road.

NOTES

- 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 12 HOURS Pos Car Drivers Class Laps Gap 1. #1 Audi Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer LMP1 188 2. #2 Audi McNish/Capello/Kristensen LMP1 188 + 38.505s 3. #4 Audi Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1 186 + 2 Laps 4. #12 Lola Prost/Heidfeld/Jani LMP1 182 + 6 Laps 5. #13 Lola Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat LMP1 180 + 8 Laps 6. #3 Audi Gene/Dumas/Duval LMP1 179 + 9 Laps 7. #44 HPD Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith LMP2 175 + 13 Laps 8. #49 Oreca Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari LMP2 175 + 2m09.344s 9. #26 Oreca Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov LMP2 175 + 2m54.517s 10. #46 Oreca Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau LMP2 174 + 14 Laps 11. #23 Oreca Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard LMP2 174 + 35.845s 12. #22 HPD Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok LMP1 174 + 1m24.588s 13. #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts  LMP1 174 + 2m07.184s 14. #48 Oreca Firth/Hartley/Hughes LMP2 174 + 2m49.212s 15. #33 HPD Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz LMP2 173 + 15 Laps 16. #41 Zytek Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez LMP2 172 + 16 Laps 17. #25 Oreca Martin/Charouz/Graves LMP2 172 + 1m45.520s 18. #38 Zytek Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa LMP2 172 + 2m29.046s 19. #42 Zytek Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez LMP2 171 + 17 Laps 20. #45 Oreca Briere/Nakano/Petersen LMP2 168 + 20 Laps 21. #30 Lola Sims/Buurman/Iannetta LMP2 167 + 21 Laps 22. #35 Morgan H Hansson/Leinders/Martin LMP2 167 +12m19.357s 23. #51 Ferrari Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander GTEP 167 +13m38.962s 24. #59 Ferrari Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher GTEP 166 + 22 Laps 25. #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor GTEP 166 + 1m51.497s 26. #97 Aston Mucke/Fernandez/Turner GTEP 166 + 3m05.635s 27. #77 Porsche Lietz/Lieb/Henzler GTEP 166 + 4m01.900s 28. #40 Oreca Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry LMP2 165 + 23 Laps 29. #15 OAK Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette LMP1 163 + 25 Laps 30. #71 Ferrari Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci GTEP 163 + 4m00.510s 31. #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy GTEA 162 + 26 Laps 32. #67 Porsche Pons/Armindo/Narac GTEA 162 + 27.244s 33. #66 Ferrari Walker/Cocker/Wills GTEP 162 + 1m29.446s 34. #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo GTEA 160 + 28 Laps 35. #61 Ferrari Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers GTEA 159 + 29 Laps 36. #17 Dome Minassian/Bourdais/Ara LMP1 158 + 30 Laps 37. #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti GTEA 157 + 31 Laps 38. #31 Lola Holzer/Schultis/Moro LMP2 155 + 33 Laps 39. #75 Porsche al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards GTEA 155 +45m04.952s 40. #74 Corvette Gavin/Westbrook/Milner GTEP 154 + 34 Laps 41. #70 Corvette Bourret/Gibon/Belloc GTEA 154 + 3m05.692s 42. #55 Porsche Daniels/Palttala/Camathias GTEA 149 + 39 Laps 43. #43 Norma Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion LMP2 149 + 2m43.923s 44. #79 Porsche Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet GTEA 148 + 40 Laps 45. #83 Ferrari Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte GTEA 137 + 51 Laps 46. #58 Ferrari Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo GTEA 146 + 42 Laps 47. #24 Morgan Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla LMP2 139 + 49 Laps 48. #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima LMP1 134 + 54 Laps 49. #80 Porsche Bergmeister/Long/Holzer GTEP 114 + 74 Laps 50. #28 Lola Giroix/Badey/Johansson LMP2 92 + 96 Laps 51. #8 Toyota Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin LMP1 82 + 106 Laps 52. #0 DeltaWing Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama CDNT 75 + 113 Laps 53. #81 Ferrari Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin GTEA 70 + 118 Laps 54. #99 Aston Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen GTEA 31 + 157 Laps 55. #16 Pescarolo Collard/Bouillon/Hall LMP1 20 + 168 Laps 56. #29 Lola Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan LMP2 17 + 171 Laps 
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