LM24 H19: Allan McNish keeps Audi in front, lead Aston crashes

Allan McNish continued to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours for Audi while Aston Martin's Frederic Makowiecki crashed out of the GTE Pro lead as rain fell in the 19th hour

LM24 H19: Allan McNish keeps Audi in front, lead Aston crashes

Makowiecki took over the #99 Aston Martin from Bruno Senna and shortly afterwards crashed out while exiting the first Mulsanne chicane.

Makowiecki's crash not only triggered the safety car, but also promoted Marc Lieb into the lead of the class - and 17th place overall - in the #92 factory Porsche.

Peter Dumbreck inherited second spot in the #97 Aston, the Brit a lap ahead of Timo Bernhard's third-placed Porsche.

The #2 Audi's lead remains at slightly less than two laps, having changed from slick tyres to wets at its last pitstop. Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima remain second and third in the two Toyotas.

The repairs to the #13 Rebellion Lola-Toyota crashed by Andrea Belicchi over an hour ago are continuing, with the car 15th in the classification and falling.

Ahead of it now are the top eight LMP2 cars, which are still led by Martin Plowman and Alex Brundle in, respectively, the #35 and #24 OAK Morgan-Nissans.

The best battle on-track surrounded the fight for third place in LMP2 as Lucas Ordonez chased down Roman Rusinov.

Both were unlapped by Oliver Turvey's Jota Zytek in a spectacular three-wide moment on the run to the second Mulsanne chicane, while Ordonez passed his rival one corner later.

Jean-Karl Vernay has climbed six places to 28th overall in the GTE Am-leading #76 Imsa Porsche. He is now the best part of a lap ahead of Piergiuseppe Perazzini's #55 AF Corse Ferrari.

Joe Foster - third - lost time when he spun the Dempsey Del Piero Porsche at the final corner when the rain was at its heaviest.

POSITIONS AFTER 19 HOURS Pos Cl Car Drivers Laps Gap 1. P1 #2 Audi Kristensen/McNish/Duval 276 2. P1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Sarrazin/Buemi 274 + 2 Laps 3. P1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima 274 + 4m43.541s 4. P1 #3 Audi Gene/Jarvis/di Grassi 273 + 3 Laps 5. P1 #1 Audi Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler 265 + 11 Laps 6. P1 #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts 263 + 13 Laps 7. P2 #35 Morgan Baguette/Plowman/Gonzalez 260 + 16 Laps 8. P2 #24 Morgan Pla/Brundle/H Hansson 259 + 17 Laps 9. P2 #42 Zytek Krumm/Mardenborough/Ordonez 258 + 18 Laps 10. P2 #26 Oreca Rusinov/Martin/Conway 258 + 1m33.962s 11. P2 #49 Oreca P-Companc/Kaffer/Minassian 257 + 19 Laps 12. P2 #46 Oreca Thiriet/Badey/Martin 255 + 21 Laps 13. P2 #43 Morgan Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard 253 + 23 Laps 14. P1 #13 Lola Beche/Belicchi/Cheng 252 + 24 Laps 15. P2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Turvey/Luhr 252 + 1h10m22.881s 16. P2 #48 Oreca Hartley/Chandhok/Patterson 251 + 25 Laps 17. GTP #92 Porsche Lieb/Richard Lietz/Dumas 249 + 27 Laps 18. GTP #97 Aston Mucke/Turner/Dumbreck 249 + 3.081s 19. P2 #36 Alpine Ragues/Panciatici/Gommendy 249 + 2m31.298s 20. GTP #91 Porsche Bergmeister/Pilet/Bernhard 249 + 2m34.336s 21. GTP #99 Aston Makowiecki/Senna/Bell 248 + 28 Laps 22. P2 #34 Oreca Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen 248 + 5m03.686s 23. GTP #71 Ferrari Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander 247 + 29 Laps 24. GTP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli 246 + 30 Laps 25. GTP #74 Corvette Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 246 + 6m15.684s 26. P1 #12 Lola Prost/Jani/Heidfeld 245 + 31 Laps 27. GTP #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 245 + 1h43m40.083s 28. GTA #76 Porsche Narac/Vernay/Bourret 241 + 35 Laps 29. GTP #53 SRT Farnbacher/Goossens/Dalziel 241 + 3m59.568s 30. GTA #55 Ferrari Perazzini/O'Young/Case 241 + 6m31.542s 31. P2 #33 HPD Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe 240 + 36 Laps 32. P2 #41 Zytek Rossi/K-Smith/Lux 240 + 38m35.955s 33. GTA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 240 + 41m48.596s 34. GTA #61 Ferrari Gerber/Griffin/Cioci 239 + 37 Laps 35. GTP #93 SRT Wittmer/Kendall/Bomarito 238 + 38 Laps 36. GTA #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Taylor 238 + 11.166s 37. GTA #96 Aston Goethe/Campbell-Walter/Hall 238 + 2m36.011s 38. GTA #67 Porsche Gibon/Milesi/Henzler 237 + 39 Laps 39. P2 #40 Oreca Dagoneau/Downs/Younessi 237 + 14.631s 40. GTP #66 Ferrari Bertolini/Faisal/Qubaisi 237 + 1m11.388s 41. GTA #75 Porsche Collard/Perrodo/Crubile 236 + 40 Laps 42. GTA #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti 234 + 42 Laps 43. GTA #81 Ferrari Potolicchio/Aguas/Bright 230 + 46 Laps 44. P2 #45 Morgan Nicolet/Merlin/Mondolot 225 + 51 Laps 45. P2 #39 Lola Porta/Brandela/Raffin 216 + 60 Laps 46. GTA #70 Corvette MacNeil/Rodrigues/Dumas 205 + 71 Laps 47. P2 #47 Morgan Imperatori/Howson/Tung 241 Retired 48. GTP #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Auberlen 221 Retired 49. P2 #32 Lotus Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz 219 Retired 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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