Le Mans Hour 22: McNish suffers crash, handing Treluyer the race lead

Benoit Treluyer in the #1 Audi moved back into the lead when Allan McNish spun and made contact with the barriers at the Porsche Curves in the sister e-tron

Le Mans Hour 22: McNish suffers crash, handing Treluyer the race lead

The Scott attempted to tighten his line to move inside the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari 458, only for the rear of the car to break loose, sending him into the barriers and causing frontal damage to the bodywork.

The accident followed shortly after #3 Audi ultra driver Marc Gene crashed at the Mulsanne Chicane in almost identical fashion to team-mate Romain Dumas's accident at the same spot yesterday evening.

The Spanish driver understeered on the exit of the chicane and went into the tyre barrier nose first, damaging the front bodywork and the right-hand side suspension.

The safety car was brought out as both Audis limped back to the pits under their own power and slick work from the Audi team meant that McNish only lost two laps while his e-tron was repaired.

Gene was less fortunate and dropped behind Neel Jani in the #12 Rebellion Lola, which is in turn behind Oliver Jarvis in the third-placed #4 Audi R18 ultra.

The safety car returned to the pits with 20 minutes of the hour left and the race continued unabated.

Tom Kimber-Smith continues to lead the LMP2 class in the #44 HPD-Honda from Christophe Tinseau in the #46 ORECA-Nissan, with only one minute separating them.

Gianmaria Bruni leads the GT Pro category in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari and Raymond Narac heads the GT Am class in the #67 Porsche.

NOTES

- Allan McNish spins at the Porsche Curves and hits the barrier, causing damage that drops him two laps behind Benoit Treluyer

- Marc Gene understeers off at the Mulsanne chicane causing damage to the bodywork and suspension

POSITIONS AFTER 22 HOURS Pos Car Drivers Class Laps Gap 1. #1 Audi Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer LMP1 345 2. #2 Audi McNish/Capello/Kristensen LMP1 344 + 1 Lap 3. #4 Audi Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1 342 + 3 Laps 4. #12 Lola Prost/Heidfeld/Jani LMP1 334 + 11 Laps 5. #3 Audi Gene/Dumas/Duval LMP1 333 + 12 Laps 6. #22 HPD Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok LMP1 325 + 20 Laps 7. #44 HPD Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith LMP2 322 + 23 Laps 8. #46 Oreca Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau LMP2 321 + 24 Laps 9. #49 Oreca Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari LMP2 321 + 1m01.992s 10. #26 Oreca Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov LMP2 319 + 26 Laps 11. #13 Lola Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat LMP1 317 + 28 Laps 12. #41 Zytek Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez LMP2 316 + 29 Laps 13. #25 Oreca Martin/Charouz/Graves LMP2 314 + 31 Laps 14. #35 Morgan H Hansson/Leinders/Martin LMP2 309 + 36 Laps 15. #23 Oreca Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard LMP2 308 + 37 Laps 16. #42 Zytek Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez LMP2 308 + 50.734s 17. #51 Ferrari Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander GTEP 306 + 39 Laps 18. #59 Ferrari Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher GTEP 303 + 42 Laps 19. #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts LMP1 302 + 43 Laps 20. #97 Aston Mucke/Fernandez/Turner GTEP 302 + 44 Laps 21. #67 Porsche Pons/Armindo/Narac GTEA 299 + 46 Laps 22. #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy GTEA 299 + 29.612s 23. #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor GTEP 296 + 49 Laps 24. #71 Ferrari Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci GTEP 296 + 1m30.475s 25. #45 Oreca Briere/Nakano/Petersen LMP2 295 + 50 Laps 26. #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo GTEA 294 + 51 Laps 27. #40 Oreca Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry LMP2 290 + 55 Laps 28. #79 Porsche Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet GTEA 284 + 61 Laps 29. #70 Corvette Bourret/Gibon/Belloc GTEA 281 + 64 Laps 30. #55 Porsche Daniels/Palttala/Camathias GTEA 279 + 66 Laps 31. #43 Norma Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion LMP2 279 + 2m13.749s 32. #61 Ferrari Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers GTEA 275 + 70 Laps 33. #83 Ferrari Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte GTEA 264 + 81 Laps 34. #74 Corvette Gavin/Westbrook/Milner GTEP 204 + 141 Laps 35. #17 Dome Minassian/Bourdais/Ara LMP1 201 + 144 Laps 36. #38 Zytek Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa LMP2 271 Retired 37. #33 HPD Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz LMP2 240 Retired 38. #30 Lola Sims/Buurman/Iannetta LMP2 239 Retired 39. #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti GTEA 222 Retired 40. #15 OAK Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette LMP1 219 Retired 41. #66 Ferrari Walker/Cocker/Wills GTEP 204 Retired 42. #48 Oreca Firth/Hartley/Hughes LMP2 196 Retired 43. #77 Porsche Lietz/Lieb/Henzler GTEP 184 Retired 44. #75 Porsche al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards GTEA 180 Retired 45. #31 Lola Holzer/Schultis/Moro LMP2 155 Retired 46. #58 Ferrari Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo GTEA 146 Retired 47. #24 Morgan Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla LMP2 139 Retired 48. #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima LMP1 134 Retired 49. #80 Porsche Bergmeister/Long/Holzer GTEP 114 Retired 50. #28 Lola Giroix/Badey/Johansson LMP2 92 Retired 51. #8 Toyota Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin LMP1 82 Retired 52. #0 DeltaWing Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama CDNT 75 Retired 53. #81 Ferrari Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin GTEA 70 Retired 54. #99 Aston Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen GTEA 31 Retired 55. #16 Pescarolo Collard/Bouillon/Hall LMP1 20 Retired 56. #29 Lola Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan LMP2 17 Retired 
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