Le Mans: Conway Toyota edges further clear in first place

The #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Mike Conway is almost 40 seconds clear of the sister #8 car following the second hour of the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans: Conway Toyota edges further clear in first place

Conway matched his team-mate Sebastien Buemi on stint length over the second hour and gradually increased a lead that had been stable at around 13s at the end of the first hour.

Buemi had briefly dropped from second to third behind the privateer LMP1 #3 Rebellion entry in the first hour, but there was no danger of a repeat as the #8 Toyota moved almost a minute clear of Menezes in his Rebellion-Gibson R-13.

Menezes, like the two SMP Racing BRE-AER BR1s, managed to remain on the lead lap with the Toyotas during the second hour.

But the Rebellion driver made sizeable gains over the chasing #11 SMP machine of Vitaly Petrov, with a rapid pitstop in the last 10 minutes of the hour boostingMenezes' gap to 30s.

The second SMP car of Stephane Sarrazin is currently fifth and over 20s behind the sister car.

Bruno Senna has cleared the LMP2 field after battling his way back up the order following an unscheduled pitstop for a puncture in the first hour.

The #1 Rebellion driver passed the troubled ByKolles and DragonSpeed LMP1 entries on the way.

DragonSpeed's BRE-Gibson BR1 is yet to return to the track, and spent just over 20 minutes of the second hour in the garage as the team worked on an unspecified problem.

The #10 DragonSpeed crew then earned a 10s stop/go penalty for exceeding the amount of allowed fuel in a stint and returned to the track in 59th place overall.

The ByKolles entry being driven by Tom Dillmann made an unscheduled fourth pitstop just one lap after its third visit to the pitlane, and a 1m37s stop meant it has dropped behind two LMP2 runners and currently sits ninth overall.

LMP2 - Lapierre barely leads Vergne

Nicolas Lapierre continues to lead the LMP2 class for Signatech-Alpine, but his advantage over G-Drive Racing's Jean-Eric Vergne had shrunk to almost nothing at the end of the second hour.

Vergne's #26 G-Drive ORECA had spent several laps bottled up behind Matthieu Vaxiviere in the pole-sitting #28 TDS ORECA prior to their second pitstops, but once Vaxivere came in, Vergne used the clear air to chip away at Lapierre's 19s advantage.

After the leaders stopped, the gap was down to 4.5s before Lapierre edged away again to the tune of 15s through traffic, but Vergne was just 0.675s behind as the hour concluded.

Nyck De Vries is third in the #29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara after passing the #31 DragonSpeed ORECA of Roberto Gonzalez shortly before the hour mark.

Jackie Chan DC Racing team-mates Stephane Richelmi and Jordan King sit fifth and sixth, with Paul Di Resta close behind in the #22 United Autosports Ligier.

GTE - Corvette holds slim advantage

The #63 Corvette held a narrow lead over the #93 Porsche at the end of the second hour in GTE Pro, with Jan Magnussen just about holding Patrick Pilet at bay.

Magnussen and Pilet took over from their respective team-mates Antonio Garcia and Nick Tandy in the second round of pitstops, after Tandy had repassed Michael Christensen for second earlier in the hour.

The leading two cars had pulled a gap of 10s over the #92 Porsche, which is still being driven by Christensen, at the two-hour mark.

Christensen is being chased hard by two Fords - the #67 of Jonathan Bomarito and the #68 of Dirk Muller.

Porsche's other World Endurance Championship entry, the #91 911 RSR, is sixth with Richard Lietz at the wheel ahead of the two AF Corse Ferraris, while the #64 Corvette has fallen from running fourth at the end of hour one down to 10th.

GTE Am is led by the #77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche of Julien Andlauer, which jumped ahead of the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari when Thomas Flohr took over from erstwhile leader Giancarlo Fisichella.

Flohr has also dropped behind Jeroen Bleekmolen in the Keating Motorsports Ford after the second hour, while the Gulf Porsche - previously third - has plummeted to eighth in the hands of Michael Wainwright.

Positions after two hours

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez 33
2 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Nakajima, Alonso 33 + 41.375s
3 LMP1 #3 Rebellion Laurent, Berthon, Menezes 33 + 1m21.395s
4 LMP1 #11 BR Petrov, Aleshin, Vandoorne 33 + 2m00.107s
5 LMP1 #17 BR Sarrazin, Orudzhev, Sirotkin 33 + 2m14.880s
6 LMP1 #1 Rebellion Jani, Lotterer, Senna 32 + 1 Lap
7 LMP2 #36 Alpine Lapierre, Negrao, Thiriet 32 + 32.807s
8 LMP2 #26 Aurus Rusinov, Van Uitert, Vergne 32 + 36.205s
9 LMP1 #4 Enso Dillmann, Webb, Ruberti 31 + 2 Laps
10 LMP2 #29 Dallara Van Eerd, Van Der Garde, De Vries 31 + 5.568s
11 LMP2 #31 Oreca Gonzalez, Maldonado, Davidson 31 + 8.325s
12 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Richelmi, Aubry 31 + 13.498s
13 LMP2 #37 Oreca Heinemeier-Hansson, King, Taylor 31 + 26.504s
14 LMP2 #22 Ligier Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta 31 + 29.989s
15 LMP2 #25 Oreca Zollinger, Pizzitola, Falb 31 + 30.944s
16 LMP2 #20 Oreca Fjordbach, Andersen, Beche 31 + 31.983s
17 LMP2 #39 Oreca Gommendy, Capillaire, Hirschi 31 + 45.662s
18 LMP2 #48 Oreca Lafargue, Chatin, Rojas 31 + 48.450s
19 LMP2 #32 Ligier Cullen, Brundle, Owen 31 + 56.598s
20 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Duval 31 + 1m14.530s
21 LMP2 #23 Ligier Binder, Canal, Stevens 31 + 1m14.733s
22 LMP2 #43 Oreca Farano, Maini, Nato 31 + 1m16.179s
23 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 31 + 1m21.678s
24 LMP2 #34 Ligier Smiechowski, Winslow, Moore 31 + 2m51.452s
25 LMP2 #50 Ligier Creed, Ricci, Boulle 30 + 3 Laps
26 LMP2 #30 Oreca Jamin, Ragues, Dumas 30 + 1m53.292s
27 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Enqvist, Tereschenko 30 + 2m33.092s
28 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Rockenfeller 29 + 4 Laps
29 GTE Pro #93 Porsche Pilet, Bamber, Tandy 29 + 0.268s
30 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor 29 + 8.871s
31 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Bomarito 29 + 10.806s
32 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Bourdais 29 + 13.638s
33 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Bruni, Makowiecki 29 + 14.546s
34 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra 29 + 15.773s
35 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 29 + 18.541s
36 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 29 + 23.818s
37 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 29 + 27.744s
38 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 29 + 29.441s
39 GTE Pro #81 BMW Catsburg, Tomczyk, Eng 29 + 31.542s
40 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Turner 29 + 43.303s
41 GTE Pro #82 BMW Farfus, Da Costa, Krohn 29 + 48.316s
42 GTE Pro #89 Ferrari Derani, Jarvis, Gounon 29 + 51.062s
43 GTE Pro #94 Porsche Muller, Jaminet, Olsen 29 + 1m00.902s
44 GTE Pro #97 Aston Martin, Lynn, Adam 29 + 1m16.211s
45 GTE Am #77 Porsche Campbell, Ried, Andlauer 28 + 5 Laps
46 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella 28 + 10.664s
47 GTE Am #85 Ford Keating, Bleekemolen, Fraga 28 + 19.228s
48 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Eastwood 28 + 23.913s
49 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Segal, Baptista, Lu 28 + 29.344s
50 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Vilander, Smith 28 + 29.625s
51 GTE Am #56 Porsche Bergmeister, Lindsey, Perfetti 28 + 30.037s
52 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Preining 28 + 42.330s
53 GTE Am #78 Porsche Prette, Prette, Abril 28 + 1m01.531s
54 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Gostner, Frey, Gatting 28 + 2m04.161s
55 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc, Griffin, Cressoni 28 + 2m24.497s
56 GTE Am #57 Ferrari Kimura, Cozzolino, Ledogar 28 + 3m06.772s
57 LMP1 #10 BR Hedman, Hanley, Van Der Zande 27 + 6 Laps
58 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Schiavoni, Pianezzola, Piccini 27 + 18m24.998s
59 GTE Am #70 Ferrari Ishikawa, Beretta, Cheever 27 + 19m36.936s
60 GTE Am #88 Porsche Hoshino, Roda Jr, Cairoli 26 + 7 Laps
61 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 24 + 9 Laps
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