Pescarolo Lose the Lead

It may not all be plain sailing for the dominant Pescarolo Sport cars as, at the two and a half hour point, Erik Comas has just brought the number 16 entry into the pits for an unscheduled stop, dropping out of the lead

Pescarolo Lose the Lead

The former Formula One driver appeared to be indicating to his pit crew that he was having paddleshift problems, and sat implacably in the car before being able to rejoin, this dropping him to fifth.

But the trouble doesn't appear to have been cured as he failed to select a gear as he attempted to exit the first chicane on the Mulsanne straight, then returning to the pits, seemingly holding on to whichever gear he'd managed to find, with his troubled lap taking all but 11 minutes.

This has left Emanuele Pirro in the lead for Champion Racing ahead of the sister car with Marco Werner at the wheel, with Stephane Ortelli completing an Audi one-two-three in Oreca's R8.

The other Pescarolo entry, number 17 with Soheil Ayari/Eric Helary/Sebastien Loeb, has already lost time for bodywork repairs after contact with a GT2 Panoz.

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