Neel Jani keeps #1 Porsche on top after 15 hours of Le Mans

Porsche's commanding lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours remains intact with the race neutralised behind the safety car

Neel Jani keeps #1 Porsche on top after 15 hours of Le Mans

With Neel Jani now behind the wheel of the #1 Porsche 919 he shares with Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy, the leaders have 10 laps in hand over the #13 Rebellion ORECA driven by Nelson Piquet.

The delayed #2 Porsche was continuing its recovery drive until the safety car was deployed and is currently 10th overall in the hands of Timo Bernhard.

Sebastien Buemi remains at the wheel of the sole remaining Toyota, which is now 27th after making an extended stop to replace a motor-generator unit.

REBELLION TAKES LMP2 LEAD

Piquet in the #13 Rebellion ORECA has claimed second overall and the LMP2 class lead but is yet to make its latest pitstop.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA pitted during a safety car period caused by a massive crash for Emmanuel Collard in the #28 TDS ORECA at the Porsche Curves.

Ho-Pin Tung has replaced Oliver Jarvis in the #38 machine and is just eight seconds behind Piquet.

The second Rebellion with Julien Canal at the wheel remains in third.

PORSCHE MOVES TO THE FRONT OF GTE

The #91 Porsche of Richard Lietz led at the 15-hour mark, albeit running to a different pitstop schedule than the #95 Aston Martin which is currently second in class and running just behind the Porsche on the road behind one of the safety cars.

With nine of the GTE Pro cars still on the same lap, and those on Michelins able to triple-stint their tyres, pitstops regularly shake up the order and the final picture may not become apparent until later in the race.

The safety car fell unkindly for the two AF Corse cars, which had to pit while the course was neutralised, and the #71 entry was briefly pushed back into the garage.

Chevrolet benefitted from the safety car timing for the #63 Corvette to pass both AF Corse Ferraris and remain in formation behind third-placed Daniel Serra in the second works Aston and the #67 Ford of Andy Priaulx.

The #84 JMW Ferrari driven by Robert Smith, Will Stevens and Dries Vanthoor maintains its GTE Am lead, with a lap in hand over the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari currently driven by Marco Cioci.

POSITIONS AFTER 15 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 233
2 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 222 + 11 Laps
3 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 222 + 6.689s
4 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 221 + 12 Laps
5 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 221 + 4.779s
6 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 220 + 13 Laps
7 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 220 + 2m09.256s
8 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 220 + 4m13.858s
9 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 220 + 4m25.581s
10 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 216 + 17 Laps
11 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 216 + 7.342s
12 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 214 + 19 Laps
13 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 214 + 2m06.837s
14 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard 213 + 20 Laps
15 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 208 + 25 Laps
16 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 207 + 26 Laps
17 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 207 + 2m20.964s
18 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 207 + 4m25.705s
19 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 207 + 4m27.140s
20 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 206 + 27 Laps
21 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 206 + 3m06.070s
22 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 206 + 3m07.865s
23 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 206 + 3m09.599s
24 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 206 + 3m11.701s
25 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 206 + 5m29.040s
26 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 206 + 7m22.956s
27 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 205 + 28 Laps
28 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 205 + 3.087s
29 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 203 + 30 Laps
30 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 203 + 1m58.481s
31 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 202 + 31 Laps
32 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 202 + 2m13.366s
33 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 201 + 32 Laps
34 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 201 + 1.780s
35 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 201 + 2m23.797s
36 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 201 + 4m18.502s
37 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 200 + 33 Laps
38 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 200 + 2m12.661s
39 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 200 + 2m21.823s
40 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 199 + 34 Laps
41 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 199 + 44m25.603s
42 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 199 + 46m42.082s
43 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 199 + 48m51.268s
44 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 199 + 48m52.662s
45 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 198 + 35 Laps
46 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 198 + 2.821s
47 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 198 + 2m23.756s
48 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 195 + 38 Laps
49 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 192 + 41 Laps
50 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 189 + 44 Laps
51 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 186 + 47 Laps
52 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Werner 179 + 54 Laps
53 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 177 + 56 Laps
54 LMP1 #9 Toyota Lapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez 160 Retired
55 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin 154 Retired
56 LMP2 #25 Oreca Gonzalez, Trummer, Petrov 152 Retired
57 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Vilander, Fisichella, Kaffer 72 Retired
58 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Thiriet, Lynn 20 Retired
59 GTE Am #88 Porsche Bachler, Lemeret, Al Qubaisi 18 Retired
60 LMP1 #4 Enso Webb, Kraihamer, Bonanomi 7 Retired

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