LM24 H17: Tom Kristensen on course for record ninth victory

Audi's Tom Kristensen remains on course for a record ninth Le Mans 24 Hours with 17 hours of the 2013 race gone

LM24 H17: Tom Kristensen on course for record ninth victory

The Dane, who has won the race more times than anybody else, but has not claimed victory since 2008, is now comfortably more than a lap ahead of the field in his #2 R18 e-tron quattro.

Stephane Sarrazin and Alex Wurz are still second and third in their Toyotas with Lucas di Grassi losing time in his chase of the #7 TS030 HYBRID when he overshot his pit box during a stop and had to be pushed back.

The ultra-close battle between the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissans for LMP2 victory continued; Bertrand Baguette's #35 machine only slightly increasing its advantage over the #24 machine - now with David Heinemeier Hansson at the wheel - to 24s.

Jann Mardenborough continues to hold third in Greaves Motorsport's #42 Zytek-Nissan, despite the best efforts of Mike Conway - 50s behind - to bring his #26 G-Drive/Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan back into contention, having led the class early on.

Mardenborough's Greaves team-mate Tom Kimber-Smith dropped to 15th in class after spending time in the pits for a second burst of major suspension repairs.

The TDS ORECA, seven in the classification, was in the garage as the hour ticked over; a nose change necessary to Maxime Martin's car.

Richard Lietz has pegged his #92 Porsche's deficit to GTE Pro leader Bruno Senna's #99 Aston Martin at 39s, the Austrian losing nothing in the past hour.

Christophe Bourret has taken over the GTE Am-leading #76 Imsa Porsche but is lapping over 10s slower than Lorenzo Case in the #55 AF Corse Ferrari.

POSITIONS AFTER 17 HOURS Pos Cl Car Drivers Laps Gap 1. P1 #2 Audi Kristensen/McNish/Duval 253 2. P1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Sarrazin/Buemi 252 + 1 Lap 3. P1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima 251 + 2 Laps 4. P1 #3 Audi Gene/Jarvis/di Grassi 251 + 1m42.286s 5. P1 #13 Lola Beche/Belicchi/Cheng 245 + 8 Laps 6. P1 #12 Lola Prost/Jani/Heidfeld 242 + 11 Laps 7. P1 #1 Audi Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler 242 + 48.332s 8. P1 #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts 241 + 12 Laps 9. P2 #35 Morgan Baguette/Plowman/Gonzalez 238 + 15 Laps 10. P2 #24 Morgan Pla/Brundle/H Hansson 238 + 34.830s 11. P2 #42 Zytek Krumm/Mardenborough/Ordonez 236 + 17 Laps 12. P2 #26 Oreca Rusinov/Martin/Conway 236 + 52.053s 13. P2 #49 Oreca P-Companc/Kaffer/Minassian 235 + 18 Laps 14. P2 #43 Morgan Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard 233 + 20 Laps 15. P2 #46 Oreca Thiriet/Badey/Martin 233 + 4.154s 16. P2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Turvey/Luhr 231 + 22 Laps 17. P2 #33 HPD Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe 230 + 23 Laps 18. P2 #47 Morgan Imperatori/Howson/Tung 229 + 24 Laps 19. P2 #48 Oreca Hartley/Chandhok/Patterson 229 + 1m13.638s 20. GTP #99 Aston Makowiecki/Senna/Bell 228 + 25 Laps 21. GTP #92 Porsche Lieb/Richard Lietz/Dumas 228 + 28.955s 22. GTP #97 Aston Mucke/Turner/Dumbreck 227 + 26 Laps 23. P2 #36 Alpine Ragues/Panciatici/Gommendy 227 + 1m07.703s 24. GTP #91 Porsche Bergmeister/Pilet/Bernhard 227 + 1m15.210s 25. GTP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli 227 + 3m33.012s 26. P2 #34 Oreca Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen 227 + 3m53.007s 27. GTP #71 Ferrari Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander 226 + 27 Laps 28. GTP #74 Corvette Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 225 + 28 Laps 29. GTP #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 224 + 29 Laps 30. GTA #76 Porsche Narac/Vernay/Bourret 221 + 32 Laps 31. GTA #55 Ferrari Perazzini/O'Young/Case 220 + 33 Laps 32. GTP #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Auberlen 220 + 34.765s 33. GTP #53 SRT Farnbacher/Goossens/Dalziel 220 + 1m55.330s 34. P2 #32 Lotus Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz 219 + 34 Laps 35. GTA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 219 + 18m46.658s 36. GTA #61 Ferrari Gerber/Griffin/Cioci 219 + 20m50.988s 37. P2 #41 Zytek Rossi/K-Smith/Lux 219 + 22m13.378s 38. GTA #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Taylor 218 + 35 Laps 39. P2 #40 Oreca Dagoneau/Downs/Younessi 217 + 36 Laps 40. GTA #67 Porsche Gibon/Milesi/Henzler 217 + 1m28.404s 41. GTP #93 SRT Wittmer/Kendall/Bomarito 217 + 2m19.473s 42. GTA #96 Aston Goethe/Campbell-Walter/Hall 217 + 2m46.063s 43. GTP #66 Ferrari Bertolini/Faisal/Qubaisi 216 + 37 Laps 44. GTA #75 Porsche Collard/Perrodo/Crubile 215 + 38 Laps 45. GTA #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti 214 + 39 Laps 46. GTA #81 Ferrari Potolicchio/Aguas/Bright 210 + 43 Laps 47. P2 #45 Morgan Nicolet/Merlin/Mondolot 207 + 46 Laps 48. P2 #39 Lola Porta/Brandela/Raffin 196 + 57 Laps 49. GTA #70 Corvette MacNeil/Rodrigues/Dumas 184 + 69 Laps 50. P2 #30 Lola Mowlem/Burgess/Hirschi 153 Retired 51. GTA #54 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 147 Retired 52. GTA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani 111 Retired 53. P2 #25 Oreca Graves/Hamilton/Nakano 101 Retired 54. P2 #28 Lola Giroix/Haezebrouck/Ihara 22 Retired 55. P2 #31 Lotus Weeda/Rossiter/Bouchut 17 Retired 56. GTA #95 Aston Simonsen/Nygaard/Poulsen 2 Retired 
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